I seriously couldn't be any more excited about this project. I've been dropping little lines in previous posts about our upcoming project of making our own rain collection barrel. The inspiration is from YHL (Directions can be found there as well). The objective is to collect rain water via our house's down spout and use it to water our ever so growing garden. Thus, saving money on our water bill and being environmentally friendly!
The first step in setting up your own rain barrel is getting the large drum. We were lucky and found a 55-gallon industrial food grade drum on Craigslist for $15! Other options include forgoing the DIY route and purchasing a ready-made rain barrel or researching for rain barrel workshops in your local area. We had one coming through in a month for $40. They provided the barrel and all the lil extras. But with our Craigslist steal...we knew we could do this ourselves.
Matt drove out and picked up the barrel after work and brought it home. We realized that in its former life it held vinegar... yum. So first things first...
We couldn't stop laughing... I had to take over.
All finished! Now all it needs is a UV Protective coat and get the hose bib attached.
You may ask, "Where are you guys going to put it?"...well, good question. We decided to put the barrel in a conspicuous spot in the back of the house. Key point is to make sure you have clear access to a down spout. Somewhere where it wouldn't drop the curb appeal. Thing is, our backyard is just as well seen by our neighbors. But we found a spot on the left side that suits it perfectly. We'll stack it on some cement blocks so that we can easily fit a bucket under the hose bib.
Gotta love my awesome art skills that I used to simulate the barrel location. :) It'll be outside the office window. We don't expect a lot of people to be looking out that window and saying... "Hey? What's this barrel doing out here?
Well, that's all for now folks! Stay tuned for Part 2 of assembly and installation!