Installing a Rain Barrel for Beginners
How to Install a Rainwater Diverter and a Rain Barrel | how-tos | DIY
How NOT to install a rain barrel: Don't make the mistakes I made when I installed my rain barrel. It's not as simple as you might think!. simplegirls.date has instructions on how to harvest rainwater with a rain barrel. Install three solid-concrete barrel blocks in garden beside a downspout; check blocks for level. 2. Set rain barrel on top of blocks with its spigot facing the garden . 3. Disconnect and remove the downspout. 4. Attach water diverter to downspout elbow with self-tapping gutter screws. 5. Using template provided, mark and trim .
In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to collect valuable rainwater for use in the garden.
In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to install rainwater collection. Install three solid-concrete barrel blocks in garden beside a downspout; check blocks for level.
Set rain barrel on top of blocks with its spigot facing the garden. Disconnect and remove the downspout. Attach water diverter to downspout elbow with self-tapping gutter screws.
Using template provided, mark and trim top end of downspout with aviation snips to accommodate the diverter. Slide downspout onto diverter and secure with gutter screws.
The spigot is welded to the barrel with a sturdy shut-off valve adaptable to standard garden hoses. The simplest way to harvest rainwater is to install a water barrel. Nylon cable tiesfor securing hose to downspout 7.
Connect rubber hose to diverter oulet; secure hose to downspout with nylon cable ties. Attach soaker hose to spigot on barrel, then run the hose around each plant in the garden. Cover soaker hose with thick layer of mulch.
How to Install Rainwater Collection
Skip to main content. Get the latest news, updates and offers from This Old House to your inbox. Setting the concrete blocks takes a bit of time, but hooking up the rain barrel is very straightforward. Want to hire a pro for this project? This Old House has partnered with HomeAdvisor to connect you with trusted home improvement pros! Get the latest This Old House news, updates and special offers every week, direct to your inbox. How to Install Rainwater Collection.
How NOT to Install a Rain Barrel
Rain barrelused to collect rainwater 2. Diverter and hoseredirects rainwater from downspout to barrel 3. Hand truckused to set rain barrel onto blocks 4.
Concrete barrel blocksused to create a stable base for barrel 5.
Self-tapping gutter screwsconnects diverter to downspout 6. Nylon cable tiesfor securing hose to downspout 7.
How to Install a Rain Barrel
Soaker hosedelivers rainwater to garden 8. Mulchused to cover soaker hose.