We hope this will be a helpful resource for your own endeavors to create a more sustainable and ecologically sound world by preserving and cultivating our most precious resource: water.
Step 1: Materials and Preparation
You will need:
A barrel, and if a rain barrel for this purpose is not accessible a trash can or other type of barrel can also be turned into this. We used a two barrel system, but this can also be done with one barrel.
The Spigot and Hardware
A 3/4" hose bib spigot
A 3/4" galvanized lock
A rubber washer ring with a 1" diameter
The Overflow Valve and Hardware
3/4" brass overflow valve
Hose MIP adapter 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/2"
And the last for list items on the above list
1" hole saw or drill bit (use 15/16" for very secure fit)
Needle node pliers or wrench
Screw driver and 1/2 dozen screws
Meshscreen for top filter
I don't know if all of these exact materials were used in the making of our very own rain barrels, but this list is a pretty standard prep. list for any rain water catchment system.