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Constructing a Rain Barrel: Connecting Barrels

(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



Note: there's a picture of two barrels chained together on this page.

Two 3/4 x 1/2" or 3/4 x 5/8" barb to MIP adapter

Home Depot

$3.00 ea
Choose the size that fits snugly into the hose you want to use - 5/8" is probably better.
12" or so of garden hose      
Two hose clamps (optional)

Home Depot, Menards, or Lowe's

$1.00 ea

We didn't use these, and we have noticed occasional leakage, and some increased risk of the hose getting jogged loose by accident.

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


My Rain Barrel Project Make Your Own:
How to Construct a Rain Barrel
FAQ Calculate
Your "Harvest"
But Is It Safe? About


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