A garden, which requires daily watering in the summer.
A gutter that creates a waterfall to the ground, and the water has gouged an 8-inch hole in the ground.
A rain barrel! A rain barrel will catch the falling water, and save it for when we need it.
We looked around to buy a barrel, but they're fairly expensive. We really had no idea how large a barrel we needed. We checked out YouTube for videos of how to make one ourselves. It turns out that it was a project that was fairly inexpensive and simple, so off we went to Home Depot.
- Irrigation tube: $5.41
- 32 gal. trash can: $9.88
- 3/4" spigot: $5.33
- Auto/Marine sealant: $4.57
- 8 cement blocks: $$1.39 each, $11.12 total
- 4 cement caps: $1.09 each, $4.36 total
- 2 1" Spring Clamps: $2.09 each, $4.18 total
- Things around the house: Knife, scissors, x-acto knife, Sharpie, length of old water hose, dirt
- Arrange four cement blocks in a square, leaving a square hole in the middle (see the photos below)
- We filled the spaces with dirt for extra stability
- Start with the next layer of cement blocks. Fill with dirt.
- Top off with the cement caps
- Trace around the spigot onto the side of the trash can. Cut out inside the traced hole.
- Apply glue
- More glue
- Work the spigot into the hole
The Overflow Hose:
- Trace around the hose and cut a hole a few inches from the top of the trash can.
- Cut the hose to length long enough to send the overflow water where you want it (Ours was just long enough to make it to the ground and a foot or so away. We already had the water pounding into the ground, so a softer flow of water onto the same place seemed like it would be fine. You could use a longer hose to direct to a flower bed or wherever.)
- Insert the hose into the cut hole. Make sure the metal attachment is on the inside of the trash can, to help the hose stay in place
The Drain Pipe:
- Cut slits in the rim to accommodate the larger gutter.
- Slide over gutter and measure length to trash can.
- Cut off excess pipe
- Trace and cut hole in trash can lid
- Clamp pipe to gutter, and put other end of pipe in trash can
- If you're an observant kind of person, you'll notice that in the pictures, our rain barrel moved from directly under the window to a few feet to the right. Let's just say, test out your pipe and how it connects to the gutter before deciding where to put the base.
- I suppose, if 32gal doesn't end up being enough, that we could add a second barrel using the same technique, only connecting it to the first barrel with the overflow hose, so it will fill up after the first is full.
- I'm hoping that having a lid for the barrel will prevent mosquitoes, but I will definitely be checking occasionally. A friend suggesting adding Mosquito Dunkers to the water to prevent mosquitoes. They're donut-shaped things that float on the water and kill mosquito larva.