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The Benefits of Rain Barrels

Updated on April 30, 2015
Many different types of rain containers
Many different types of rain containers

Why a rain barrel?

Welcome to the lens on Rain Barrels.This lens will explore the different types of rain barrels,their uses, and benefits. Hopefully it will inspire many to pursue the noble cause of water conservation.

Collapsible rain container
Collapsible rain container

Exploiring and Planning my rain barrel project

A slow going project

Today July 2009 I went to Home Depot to get an idea of the materials I will be using. Eight cinder blocks, possible twelve, depending how high I want to elevate this rain barrel. I want it stable, but also want some height to it for more pressure for the soaker hose I plan to attach to it.

I really don't want to mix a batch of cement for only 8 or 12 block so I will look for something in a tube to make the connection.

Now into the store to the lumber section. I need a piece of 3/4" exterior plywood 42" square. They said they would cut it to size, but I will have to buy the full 4 by 8 piece.

I guess I should buy a bag of stone for the base of the block. I have looked around for rain barrels and have decided on this one.

There are some other interesting options below.

I have not yet purchased the rain barrel, but so far So far I'm leaning toward the green pop up one under the exploring and planning section. It holds 156 gallons is UV resistant and is collapsible for winter storing.

I would like to hear other options and preferences.

Here's a Great companion for your rain barrel.

Changes to the project

After reading reviews on the collapsible rain barrel I decided to go with the more traditional RTS 50-Gallon Rain Barrel

Also I have decided to do away with the block or brick for height and go with the plastic platform.

It is finally installed and ready to collect some water. Unfortunately we have had no meaningful rain around here for about a month. Passing showers have only yielded three or four inches in the barrel. Below is a picture of the finalized project.

The Finished Project

Water conservation - By the numbers

Comprehensive approach.

Stuff I Hoard

Do you have any opinion on the rain barrels pictured or do you prefer another type?

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      BusyQueen 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your rain barrel knowledge. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Good job, I am interested in seeing it when you are finished.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Awesome idea! Gook luck with it. Can't wait to hear how it works out for you!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very interesting and cute, fasinating indeed. Oh, the things we do have time for when we are retired, its greatttt! Looking for some more of your inventions of cartoons.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We use the water from our de-humidifier to water plants and flowers in the yard. The rain barrel idea seems like a good conservation plan, and it looks easier than standing there with a water hose.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thumbs Up on Your Creative Endeavors!!!