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Constructing a Rain Barrel - Wild Ones Niagara

Constructing a Rain Barrel - Wild Ones Niagara

Constructing a Rain Barrel - Wild Ones

Constructing a Rain BarrelMore info at: tinyurl.com/2vuyus…with special focus on building and using them in the Twin Cities, Minnesota areaFeaturing excellent commentary by André "Dangerous with Tools" GuirardTools You Will Need• Electric jig-saw, unless you are a masochist, in which case, manualjig-saw.• Electric drill. A cordless drill may not have enough oomph.• 3/4" pipe tap (shown at right). Try to borrow rather than buy this. Ifyou call you can arrange to borrow mine; 763-694-9989.• 15/16" drill bit (spade bit). 7/8" will do in a pinch, but 15/16" issafer -- you're less likely to spoil the hole (and thereby waste thebarrel) when you cut the threads later.• 1-7/8" hole saw. If you use the alternate method for the overflow,2-1/4" hole saw instead.• Two adjustable crescent wrenches.Pipe TapA note about parts: We estimate that in 2009 it will cost about $40 in materials to make a single rainbarrel. Periodically, Hennepin County (www.hennepin.us) offers commercially-produced barrels forabout $65. To make your own, you will most likely have to visit at least 2 DIY stores (e.g., Menards,Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.) to find all the parts you want. Some will be in the plumbing department,some in electrical. Feel free to improvise if you don’t find the exact part listed. Half the fun of do-ityourselfprojects is customizing them to your tastes.Parts ListPart Picture CommentsFood-grade, plasticbarrel(We’ve gotten bothtighthead andremovable topbarrels at thefollowing source.Or try ‘containers’in the yellow pages.Western Container,612-338-2413Be sure to get one that contained nontoxicingredients - open it andpeek/smell before you accept it.This barrel is shown with the holesyou will need to make, already cut.There are three: a large one on top(unnecessary if the top is removable.One on the side near top, for overflowdrainage, and one near the bottom fora faucet (on the right, hard to see). Toconnect a second barrel “in series”,drill a fourth hole the same size andheight as for the faucet.Page 1 of 6© 2005 Rebecca Chesin

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