How to Build a Rain Barrel for $40

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on November 23, 2015

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Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner how to make her own rain barrel on a budget. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)

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Shopping List for How to Build a Rain Barrel for $40:
– Reclaimed food-rated barrel
– Boiler shutoff valve
– Thread-sealing tape
– Rain diverter, hose, and tap

Tools for How to Build a Rain Barrel for $40:
– Power drill
– 1-inch hole-saw bit
– Hacksaw

Steps for How to Build a Rain Barrel for $40:
1. Drill a 1-inch hole at the bottom of the barrel using a power drill and a 1-inch hole-saw bit.
2. Wrap thread-sealing tape several times around the boiler shut-off valve threads and screw it into the hole.
3. Drill a 1-inch hole into the cap of the barrel using a power drill and a 1-inch hole-saw bit.
4. Attach tap to hole in the cap of the barrel.
5. Cut downspout using a hack saw into two pieces.
6. Attach diverter to downspout using a power drill and screws.
7. Connect hose to diverter and tap in cap of barrel.

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