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Constructing a Rain Barrel

(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


by The Garden Goddess

This project is suitable for someone with basic skills using the tools needed. My Labor Pool (a.k.a. husband) put his first rain barrel together in less than a couple of hours and only two trips to the hardware store (not the usual requisite three--a major coup for DIYers everywhere!). He reports that now that he's made over a dozen of them, he's got the construction time down to < 1 hr).

You can benefit from our efforts--the eight barrels gracing our yard took hours of intensive internet research, many visits to area hardware and DIY stores to seek out the best parts available, and one instance of installing a plug where an "oops" hole was drilled... With our tips and best practices, you can avoid the common pitfalls and benefit from the best DIY rain barrel design and put together one of your own in no time.

Happy watering!

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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Happy Watering!


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