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How to Make a Rain Barrel From a Pickle Barrel

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A diligent man works for the future. A lazy man creates work for the future."

A statement like this could be applied to the environment. It is important that we work together to help improve the future by looking after the environment, but what can be done to help? One thing is to make a rain barrel! Before we learn to make a rain barrel it is important to understand what a rain barrel is and why it is important.

What is a rain barrel?
A rain barrel is a barrel used as a cistern to hold water [1]. Rain barrels work by collecting water typically from roof downspouts where they store the water for future use. Rain barrels come in many different sizes and can be made from a lot of different containers, but today we are going to use a 55 gallon pickle barrel.

Why are rain barrels useful?
Rain barrels are useful because they help prevent storm water runoff from flowing into lakes, rivers, streams, etc. This helps prevent erosion and maintain strong local infrastructures. They are also helpful because they allow people to water flowers, wash cars, water lawns, etc. without using tap water [2].
 
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Step 1: Parts and Tools Needed

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Parts Needed
-1 1” threaded female adapter
-1 1" threaded male adapter
-1 55 gallon pickling barrel (or any food grade plastic barrel)
-2-3 Cement blocks
-Hardware cloth
-1 1” faucet
-6  zinc/stainless steel bolts
-6 zinc/stainless steel nuts
-Teflon plumbers tape
-Silicone rubber sealant
-24' corrugated hose
-1 1 1/4" NPT male adapter
-1 steel hose clamp

Tools Needed
-1" spade drill bit
-1 1/4" spade drill bit
-Drill
-Jig Saw or reciprocating saw
-Scissors

(not all tools and parts shown in below image)
Aquabarrel5 months ago
Nice job. If you need additional parts to make your rain barrel function better you'll find them here:

http://www.aquabarrel.com/product_rain_barrel_plastic_parts.php
rainbarrelmaker (author) 12 months ago
Thanks! and there is an Ace Hardware close to where I live that sells them. You can typically get a pickle barrel at farm supply type stores, but not all places sell them.
B_____Squared12 months ago
Great Post!
Where did you get your pickle barrel?
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