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Constructing a Rain Barrel: Faucet 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



Faucet, 3/4" male

Home Depot, Menards, or Lowe's


A "boiler drain" style is shown here. This is easiest for connecting a hose when the faucet sticks out from the side of the barrel very near the bottom.

Pipe coupling, female, 3/4", or a brass nut of the same size

Home Depot, Menards, or Lowe's


This is used inside the barrel to secure the faucet. A nut would be better and probably less expensive if you can find one, but I never can. There is a PVC coupling that would also work; it's similar in shape and costs only about 50 cents.

Washer, inner diameter



Can be hard to find. You might want to call ahead unless you're going anyway.

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


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