As the owner of a mobile home, properly installed and well structured rain barrels are bound to save you money and water in the process. Generally, rain barrels are usually made from recycled gallon barrels with the bottom and top fitted with spigots. They also come with 5 foot hoses with some shutoff fittings. These vessels are usually filled using the mentioned hose and the collected water can be used for a variety of purposes such as watering your garden. There are numerous rain barrel ideas, types and sizes to choose from in the market. Before you install a rain barrel, your home should and must have a downspout and gutters. Here are some vital steps you should go through when doing a rain barrel installation;
First you start by connecting the rain barrels downspouts (universal) adapter to the tube at the end of the gutters downspout.
Ensure the barrel is placed on either cinder blocks or some other hard surface. It should stand about five or six inches tall and be level at the same time. This is important because a normal barrel can hold up to 55 gallons; with each gallon weighing around 8 pounds, making it quite heavy and prone to falls if not placed in a flat and even surface.
Go ahead and mark the downspout tube at the size you find appropriate, using a hacksaw cut it out. But make sure you leave at least six inches extra to allow some room for the tube to snugly fit inside the barrel.
Slowly, slide the rain barrel up into the downspout. If the barrel is not easily getting into the downspout, use a pair of pliers to crimp the edges of the downspout so as to create some space for the barrel.
It is also important to correctly direct the overflow hose towards a landscaping area or lawn so that any incidental run-off can happen harmlessly if required. It is worth noting that the water from a rain barrel is not safe for drinking and should only be used for watering plants or gardens for that matter. The screen fitted inside the barrel is usually used to prevent debris and insects from getting into the barrel.
Here are some examples of popular rain barrels in the market:
1) Product Name: RTS Home Accents 50 Gallon Rain Water Collection Barrel with Brass Spigot, Wood Grain
Price: $ 127.67
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Product Details: it has a flat back which it uses to sit flush against a wall, it can also be linked to other barrels to increase the amount of water you collect. It is child safe and pet safe as it does not have any large openings with a screen that keeps out insects and debris. The barrel does not rust, rot or fade and is not prone to insect infestation.
2) Product Name: Good Ideas Rain Wizard Rain Barrel 50 Gallon, Oak
Price: $ 87.08
Web URL: http://is.gd/hW7yve
Product Details: it has a debris and bug screen to keep your water relatively safe, the 50 gallon capacity rain barrel is BPA free as it is made from ultra violet resistant polyethylene, comes with a brass spigot and will not rot, mold or even rust. The barrel also come overflow equipped, weighs around 19 pounds when empty and has a height of 31 inches and is 23 inches wide.
3) Product Name: Planter Urn Rain Barrel – Terra Cotta
Price: $ 105.00
Web URL: http://is.gd/WAHePb
Product Details: it has a planter top that has an urn shape which gives it an ancient look bound to add on some beauty and elegance to the garden or home. It has a capacity of 54 gallons and is made from Polyethylene. The item includes an outlet spigot, a hose holder, and a debris screen a barrel funnel and a relatively long garden hose.
4) Product Name: Algreen Castilla Rain Barrel with Spigot, Terra Cotta, 50 gallon
Price: $ 119.99
Web URL: http://is.gd/PkOQTU
Product Details: has a corrosion proof screen guard with a conveniently placed spigot and measures 23 x 33 inches. It is made from tough roto molded plastic and can therefore withstand relatively extreme temperatures without cracking, fading or chipping. It weighs around 14 pounds and also doubles up as a planter.
Product Details: Has a flat back design which allows it to tightly sit against the outside wall. The top functions as a planter which can drain excess water to avoid instances of root rot. The meshed screen is used to block debris from getting into the water supply. The urn shape and the variety of colors available are bound to add style and class to the home.
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