How to Build a Rain Barrel
Enclose a plastic bin with stock lumber to make a water-wise garden feature
Collecting rainwater is a no-brainer for gardening. It's the ugly black barrels we could do without. So here's a plan you can use to build your own rain barrel, one that's both eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. It's a simple project, thanks to an off-the-shelf diverter kit that connects to a downspout. The barrel is essentially a sturdy wood shell built around a repurposed plastic garbage bin that serves as the reservoir. Made of rot-resistant lumber, the barrel goes together with easy lap and butt joints and some deck screws. Decorative exterior battens dress it up, and you can customize them and paint the barrel to fit any style of house or garden.
Follow along as - saboteamos.info contributor Christopher Beidel, owner of , a handmade-furniture company in Brooklyn, New York, leads you through the simple steps it takes to green up your garden.
Overview for How to Build a Rain Barrel
SATURDAY: Assemble the box (Steps 2-13).
SUNDAY: Install the bin, attach the diverter, and make the connections (Steps 14-18).
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