Where is the rain? Is this the torture we (in the south) will face with La Niña this winter? Survive the Rain Scarcity of La Niña this Winter!!
Marty made us a rain barrel last year and then another. We have plans for about 3-4 more. They come in handy when the rain is scarce but the plants need to survive.
These are all the tools you will need.
We eventually used other ones that we had around the house because we had them.
- These are all the products you will need from the store. We shopped at Lowe’s.
We went with:
screen door mesh (will explain later).
3/4″ threaded pvc adapter.
90 degree pvc elbow.
32 Gallon Trash Can with fitted lid.
This is crucial. This will be the placement of your spigot.
We used 2 – 3/4″ threaded pvc adapters. (The 2nd is for the overflow and used later).
For the first threaded adapter, we drilled about 2 inches from the bottom.
Use a 3/4″bit to drill through the trash can. You can always use the Exact-O knife later to help.
Make it as clean as possible. Use the Exact-O knife if needed. Just don’t cut yourself.
Marty did on accident.
Crawl inside the trash can and push the threaded adapter through the barrel.
This will be attached to the spigot.
Push the piece through to make sure it will fit snugly.
Remove and add sealant to the threaded end. Push back through.
Marty used tape as well to create a secure fitting with zero leaking.
Add more sealant to the threads. This will secure the pvc to the spigot.
Screw the spigot on to the threaded end.
Wipe the excess sealant away with a wet paper towel.
This is what it will look like on the inside.
We needed to create a way for the excess water to escape.
We drilled about 2″ from the top and followed the same method as above.
This is where we used our 2nd threaded pvc adapter.
We used the elbow to attach to a 3/4″ pipe if you are creating the overflow.
If you don’t have a pvc cutter, then a saw will work too.
Marty drilled into the top of the lid to create a way to “lock” the lid on.
We used screen door mesh to create a barrier for leaves, bugs, and trash that will come
down the gutter. We wanted very little, if any, debris inside the barrel.
We had our son hold the end tight. Poke a hole in the mesh with scissors.
Secure the mesh with zip-ties. We had plenty of these things laying around.
Now you can use any blocks. We just went with something a little “fancier”.
The blocks were about $3 each. More than I wanted to spend
but he wanted it to look nicer since it was just a trash can.
Now the second phase begins.
Place the barrel where you want it to go.
We originally planned for the pipe to be directly over the drain.
Then we decided against it. We added 2 more elbows and 3/4″ pipe
to make it flow down and over to the french drain.
We wanted to give ourselves room to work so this “addition” was a must.
This literally took less than 10 minutes to do.
Before you start cutting your gutter downspout decide on the look.
We went with a flexi-spout instead of placing the barrel directly
under the metal one. This piece was about $5.
Saw off the gutter. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Unscrew your gutter from the wall. It seems like a “duh” moment but I forgot.
Thankfully Marty did not forget. 🙂
Fit the new down spout on to the original one.
We used the brackets from the bottom to attach the gutter to the wall for more stability.
Screw the new spout on to the original downspout.
Use the Exact-O knife to cut for the downspout. We traced the spout prior on top of the lid.
Push the downspout into the fitted lid. Make sure it is secure.
You are done!
Water flows so nicely with more pressure than I thought it would have.
All of that for the beginning of my baby container garden.
Survive the Rain Scarcity of La Niña this Winter
We have two barrels that connect to each other via pvc pipe about 2 inches lower than the excess. Once barrel one is full, it pours into barrel two.
Then the excess drains out via our original overflow pipe.
The original overflow still takes the excess and drops it
directly in the french drain after the barrels are full.
We raised the barrels up in height from the original
plan so I can easily fit 2-gallon water cans underneath.
Marty removed the crazy plant that was overgrown and taking over.
This simple project took no time at all and it has saved us a lot of money
with our water company. Plus all the fruits and veggies prefer rain water to tap.
We can collect and store about 64 gallons of rain-water for our garden.
*** Please note that Marty designed this in his head one day at Lowe’s. We don’t have any real plans for it. ***
**** Also, please check with your state and county. Collecting rain-water is illegal is some areas!! ****
***** And don’t drink the water. It rolled off your shingles, tiles, or metal roof into a metal gutter into a plastic trash can. *****