Harvesting Rainwater: How to Make a Rain Barrel

From harvesting rainwater in a rain barrel to composting your kitchen and yard waste in a compost bin, you can greatly increase your self-reliance by undertaking a few simple DIY projects.



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Rainwater that is collected in a rain barrel before it hits the ground is free of many contaminants that water picks up as it filters through soil. This soft, warm (and free) water is perfect for plants, lawns, and many other outdoor applications. DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner provides a step-by-step plan to help you build a rain barrel, as well as many other DIY projects to increase your self-reliance.
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Install Overflow Hose To Rain Barrel
Drill a hole newar the top of the barrell for the overflow fitting in order to install your rain barrel's overflow hose.
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Rain Barrel
Once you learn how to make a rain barrel, the time it takes to make the project will be well worth the effort in free water for all your outdoor lawn and garden uses.
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Installed Rain Barrel
Whether you make your own rain barrel or purchase one pre-made, you will need to be able to properly install it to collect rainwater.
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Cut Barrel Opening
To begin creating your rain barrel, cut a large opening in the top or lid.
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