You can purchase a rain barrel at a hardware store, but if you prefer to make one yourself, follow these simple steps to make one at home using a heavy duty plastic trash can. It only takes a few minutes, and the cost savings are substantial.
Total construction time averages 10 to 15 minutes, and the cost is approximately $45 depending on the size of the trash can purchased.
Parts you’ll need:
- 1 – Heavy duty trash can
- 1 – ½” Hose bib, 1 – 6” Chimney pipe trim collar
- 2 – ½” Faucet tailpipe nuts
- 2 – #15 O-rings, 1 – ½” Threaded nipple
- 1 – ½” Threaded PVC extender
- 4 – Small screws
- 1 – piece 7”x 7” nylon screen
- Drill w/ screw tip
- ¾” paddle drill bit
- Tin Snips or Jig Saw
- Drill ¾” hole approximately 3” to 4” from bottom of barrel.
- Drill ¾” hole near top of barrel.
- Screw ½” threaded nipple into hose bib and insert into bottom hole.
- Slide O-ring over threaded nipple from inside of barrel and screw on faucet tailpipe nut until secure.
- Insert ½” threaded PVC extender into upper hole.
- Slide O-ring onto threaded end from inside and secure with faucet tailpipe nut.
- Cut 5” hole in trash can lid using tin snips or jigsaw.
- Trim nylon screening to fit chimney pipe trim collar.
- Place screen, then trim cover over hole in lid and attach with screws.
- It is recommended to sit rain barrel on two concrete blocks to provide for a level surface.
Congratulations for installing a rain barrel! You have done a great thing to conserve water and reduce stormwater runoff. You rock!