I started by testing my short terra cotta barrel. I wanted to make sure that the float valve I installed worked and allowed the water to flow. I didn't fill the barrel all the way up to make sure it would shut off. I would just have to drain it again, and I didn't have the patience for that.
|Close-up picture of the conduit locknut on the hose bib.|
|I got this filter from Amazon.|
Only the first barrel is positioned under the downspout. It's connected to the other two barrels so they all fill at the same time. Below is the 3-way valve on the third barrel. The first valve is attached to the other two barrels. The second valve is attached to irrigation tubing that runs to the barrel at the other front corner of my house (see below). The third valve is what connects to the overflow barrel under my deck.
drip irrigation for my raised beds. Lucky for me there's a drainage gap in the driveway. The irrigation tubing fits in there nicely so I don't have to worry about driving over it.
I'm happy with the results. Now I'm left wonder how many more barrels can I fit under my deck? Hmm...