Rain barrels are a great way to improve the sustainability of your garden. Capturing rain not only helps you get through periods with no rain but helps save money on your water bill. Today I am going to go through how I installed my rain barrel system.
You can purchase rain barrels from most big box stores however most product reviews complain of leaks and poorly functional systems. For this reason I have decided to build my own.
Selecting a location for a rain barrel is important. What you want to think of is ease of access for use in your garden but the catchment area of the roof.
I selected a down spout in my back yard that has a catchment of about 1/3 of my roof. This should allow me to catch a good amount of water even if the rain is light.
0:05 Why I built a Rain Barrel
0:48 Building a Concrete Platform
2:32 Converting to Rain Barrels
4:02 Installing Taps and Connectors
5:26 Installing Barrel Connectors
7:14 Installing Downspout Diverter
0:26 Bug Netting
9:06 Winterizing Rain Barrels
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