Here's How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel And Save Hundreds!

While watering your plants can quickly become a costly task, we're here to teach you how to build your own rain barrel - which can save you hundreds of dollars!

In fact, it's amazing how much you can save. For every inch of rain that falls on a 500 square foot roof, you can collect 300 gallons of water - which in many regions of North America, can mean well over a thousand gallows of water each year. That's a tremendous savings!

Keep in mind, however, as crazy as it seems, rain barrels are illegal in some areas of the United States, so be sure to check your local regulations before beginning.


  • 1 large plastic garbage can
  • 1 tube of watertight sealant or roll of Teflon tape for plumbing
  • 2 rubber washers
  • 1 hose clamp
  • 1 spigot
  • A drill
  • Landscaping fabric


  1. Drill a hole near the bottom of the barrel. You will insert your spigot here. Be sure to use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the spigot. Do not drill a hole that is too low because you will want to leave space underneath to fill your watering can.
  2. A metal washer should be placed onto the threaded end of the spigot. Place a rubber washer over the threads to help hold the washer in place and avoid leakage.
  3. Apply waterproof sealant over the rubber washer and insert the spigot into the hole. Once the sealant is dry, run a rubber washer, followed by a metal washer onto the threads of the spigot inside the barrel.Secure the spigot with the hose clamp. This will prevent your spigot from coming loose from your barrel.
  4. Cut a hole in the lid of your rain barrel. You will want to this hole to sit perfectly under the downspout of your house so that the water runs perfectly into the barrel. Be sure that the hole is large enough to accommodate the water flow from the downspout. Add a hole or two right near the top of the rain barrel to allow for water to overflow. You can run a hose or PVC pipe from the overflow hole to another rain barrel to connect the two. If you do this, even overflow water can be collected and used.
  5. Use a piece of landscaping fabric as a barrier to prevent mosquitoes and other pests from getting into your rain barrel. Place it over the top of the barrel and then put the lid over the top to secure it.
  6. Set your rain barrel up on a platform to make it easier to fill watering cans. The elevation will also help give more pressure if you use a hose to collect overflow. Collect hundreds of gallons of water with your rain barrel!

See? That's definitely pretty straight-forward and simple, and it can save you hundreds of gallons of water - which is pretty amazing.

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