The ducks have really increased my need for water. So I thought I'd get some more barrels. Instead of buying already made rain barrels I decided to make them myself to save some money. I started by picking up 3 barrels from a guy on craigslist.
I got two 60-gallon black barrels and a very faded 50-gallon terra cotta barrel. They were $20 each.
My parts list included:
- Teflon tape
- 1/2" hose bib - $5.30
- 3/4" washer - $0.40
- conduit locknut - ~$0.20
- 3/4 in. x 1/2 in. Brass MGH x MIP Adapter - $3.95
I started by drilling a 3/4" hole in the barrel. Then I put the threaded end of the hose bib through the washer. I applied a bead of silicone to the washer. After that I simply screwed the hose bib into the hole.
Then I had to reach inside of the barrel and tighten the conduit locknut to the threads of the hose bib.
I bought the short terra cotta barrel with a special use in mind. I'm going to put it under my deck. Since it's shorter and will be lower than the rest of my barrels I can't fill it from the bottom. Water seeks its own level and it would simply spill out over the top. The solution? I bought a float valve.I attached a right angle barbed fitting to the float valve. I'll run irrigation tubing from the other barrels to feed this one. When the water gets high enough the float valve will close and stop the flow of water. That will prevent it from overflowing and draining my other barrels.
problem earlier this year.
|Close-up of the brass overflow.|