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Making rain barrel systems was a blast. A few mistakes down the way, but all in all it came out to be a great addition to my yard. Took all the idea's I liked from other sites and combined them to make my own.

Step 1: Tools - Parts

This would have been a cheap project If I had all the right tools to begin with...
<p>How do you seal the PVC pipe to the barrel on the sides?</p>
I really don't remember. I just asked around at Lowes.
<p>1 inch of rain on 1000SQ ft. roof, will yield about 500 gallons an hour. </p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>
<p>Turn the barrel over. Install a 2 inch by 1 inch galvanized bushing, and then a 1 inch by 1/2 inch galvanized bushing. Install a 1/2 inch close nipple and a gate or globe valve. Attatch a street elbow so it comes out horizontal, then another elbow. For the filling side use a 2 ABS elbows and a PVC male adapter and find an adapter for the gutter drain.</p>

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