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Constructing a Rain Barrel: Optional Items

(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



Gutter Drain Add-On   Some way to divert the rainwater into the barrel. We cut our gutter drain a foot above barrel height and got an elbow with a bend that is not too sharp -- enough to point the water into the top of the barrel but not enough to give it a lot of sideways momentum. There are also (we are told) hinged gadgets that are easier to switch over between seasons.
Downspout diverter     These are becoming more widely available, but we haven't noticed any locally, so you might want to call around or look for one online. If you use one, let us know how well it works, so we can share that information with our visitors.
Spray Paint   $9.00 If bright blue doesn't fit your exterior decor, use a spray paint designed to be plastic-covering. To be on the safe side and have enough for future touch-ups, 2 cans is best. (More decorative painting options)
GE Silicone II Exterior Caulk     In case you want to caulk around the fixtures on the inside. We have not found this necessary, except for the "alternate" overflow; threading the holes in the plastic barrel creates a secure seal.

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


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