Although we have had so much rain that I have hardly had to water so far this year, I am anxious to do my part in conserving our precious resource while preventing excess water runoff into our water supplies. Not to mention my water bill arrived this month and it is outrageous.  Also I have a couple of huge pine trees that hover over the front of our house that make it impossible for any rain to get to my garden that lies beneath them, especially right next to the house.  We decided to put a rain barrel  there to keep that front watered.  I  welcome a hose right there since it is on the opposite side of my house from the regular hoserain-barrelMy friend Debbie was looking into getting a rain barrel, but after researching and finding out just how expensive they were – we both decided we would take her Dad up on his offer of getting us a couple of used barrels.  He got the blue plastic milk barrels from his neighbor who has a dairy farm.

After getting mine, my husband was able to do a couple of simple alterations, and we were on our way to having our own home- made rain barrel. We rinsed it out to get rid of any milk residue, then drilled a hole about 6 inches from the bottom, inserted the spigot and sealed it with PVC glue.  He installed a second spigot about 6 inches from the top – that way any overflow can go into a hose directed away from the house. Next, a coat or two of paint (suitable for plastic), and a hole in the top that fits the downspout we are putting it under. We installed it on a couple of stone blocks to enhance the power of gravity to run the hose.   rain-barrel-with-overflow-hook-up

The color makes it blends in well to the background so you can hardly see it.  Now we are ready to collect that free run off water that usually ends up flooding my basement. 

rain-barrel-hidden Click here for a terrific video that shows you how to make a rain barrel




Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.  ~Roger Miller


  1. I like how you set yours up. I have three of these barrels that have been sitting for such a long time as I was worried about how to install the bottom spigot. Do you need a special kind of drill? And what size did you use? You did a good job. Maybe now I can get inspired to set mine up.

  2. Tina, I think it depends on the spigot size, then you get a drill bit that will make the hole that size. You definitely don’t want it to big. Ask at the hardware store when you buy the spigot. One of the guys there should be able to let you know what size drill bit you need. The Glue should hold it in place for you after the hole is drilled. It was really quite simple. The video link at the end of the post is very informative. Good Luck and feel free to ask if you need more info.

  3. Novel idea, it reduces water bill and a sure indication of gratitude on bounty of nature…..

    ~ bangchik