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The best RAIN BARREL for less than $15, and where to find a barrel
I have one of these deck boxes... They loosely snap together, and cannot hold-in the water pressure. The footing is double walled plastic, and will not hold a lot of weight. So while you could use these to conceal a tank of some kind, the tank needs to be rigid enough not to put pressure on the walls of the deck box. Simply lining the deck box with plastic won't work. On the other hand, you can make something like a deck box that will work fine, just be sure to account for the weight of the water constantly pressing on the walls of the box, as boxes are a less than ideal shape. The round barrel is an ideal shape, but the larger IBC totes made from the same material need to be enclosed in a steel frame to prevent the contents from bulging the sides (trying to make them round)... Round is stronger.
Good question, I think it depends on your specific setup. At one point, I started using a small piece of window screen between the downspout and the barrel to prevent debris and bugs. You may just have to test it out and adjust as needed. Good luck
So, although you say it is sealed, do the mosquitoes not fly down the downspout into the water, or is that too far for their dumb little brains to comprehend? Also, do they not go in through the overflow hole? Thanks for the great design! I have several that I plan to make and link all together.
Sounds good enough to try. Go for it! Good luck
My design came from a need to make the most rain barrels that would last and perform their function at the lowest cost. I would likely look for a different type of container that was already headed for the landfill, but that's just me. There are large plastic totes that go by many names but have a capacity closer to 200 gallons. Check around on Craigslist and see what you can find
Glad it was helpful for you
This is a nice design. My wife and I started a garden recently and was inspired by this barrel to create one of our own. Read our blog post about it at http://www.justmeasuringup.com/blog/a-green-way-to-water-the-garden
This is a really interesting design! Thank you for including all the information about where to get barrels... that's an enormous help! - ProY12
My post is probably really old to this conversation, but I'm hoping I get a response from you. I need a large rain barrel. Would it be possible to make one using one of those plastic large deck boxes used around the pool??? Here's a photo from Amazon - chargin1
Can you tell me why/if an old water heater isnt a good idea for a rain barrel or even several water heaters just lined up for the overflow? Old water heaters are an easy free find so that's what id LIKE to use, plus for me at least it seems obvious to use it.However, there doesn't seem to be much info or pix from folks who converted one into a rain barrel. Tons of water heaters repurposed into stoves and grills, ect- but not for containing water. Which means either its SUCH a simple idea that no one sees the point in showing it off OR that i must not be thinking of something that makes it a terrible idea. I have 7- SEVEN!- water heaters lined up for either scrap/disposal, (which goes against my rule of teusung EVERYTHING at least once before getting rid of it) or i have a potential rain collecting system on hand. I already have a cool grill and firepit made from upcycled materials so im really hoping i can use these for watering my flowers for my backyard nursery. (And possibly for an outdoor shower- nothing fancy, just to cool off when it gets to hot and to let water rinse off the dirt before i go inside).Any advice or words of wisdom?
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