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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

 

 

Part
Picture
Source & Cost*
Comments
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

$2

...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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