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Constructing a Rain Barrel: Basic Parts

(including supplementary notes geared towards people living in Minneapolis-Saint Paul (Twin Cities) and Surrounding Communities)

with André "Dangerous with Tools" Guirard

Tools Needed
Basic Parts
Faucet Parts
Overflow Parts
Optional Items
Connecting Multiple Barrels
Assembly Instructions



Source & Cost*
Food-grade, plastic, 55-gallon barrel

Western Container, 8811 Science Center Drive, New Hope; 612-338-2413

$20 for either a "tight-head" top (shown) or for a removable top. (as of Oct. 2008)

Be sure to get one that contained non-toxic ingredients - open it and peek/smell before you accept it, because some foods are nasty to clean up, too! Oil will come out with a little detergent, but eggs--ick!

This barrel is shown with the holes you will need to make, already cut. There are three: one on top, where you remove approximately a half-circle. One near the side of the top, for overflow drainage, and one near the bottom (on the right, hard to see) for a faucet. An additional hole the same size and height as for the faucet may be added to "chain" to a second barrel.

Flexible window screen, 28" x 28"

Home Depot, Menards, or Lowe's


...depending how big a roll you buy and what material. We recommend fiberglass.
Rope or twine     To tie the screen onto the top.

* These sources and prices range from 2002 - 2009, so expect some changes. Your findings/updates appreciated.


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