Rain Barrels. food Grade, Air tight. Ballast, Water, Docks floats, planters

Rain Barrels. food Grade, Air tight. Ballast, Water, Docks floats, planters

Rain Barrels. 55 gallon size.  THESE ARE FOOD GRADE BARRELS Air tight, water tight.  Great for  Ballast, Water, Docks floats, rain catchers, planters, compost, herb garden, etc.

We sell  Rain Barrels. 55 gallon size.  THESE ARE FOOD GRADE BARRELS

Only $35. each (Help support local Students)

 

Barrels with Spigots are $59. (HALF OF RETAIL PRICING)

 Price is $35.00  (1-9) per barrel 

Barrel with SPIGOT $59. EACH (THIS IS HALF PRICE OF RETAIL)
(near Victoria Airport)

Bulk orders (no spigot)
10-14 barrels $33 each
15-24 barrels $30 each
25-50 barrels $25. per barrel.

 

 

Air tight, water tight.  Great for  Ballast, Water, Docks floats, rain catchers, planters, etc.

Many different uses: rain barrels, water storage, composting, storage totes, garbage cans, recycling bins, floating docks, grain/feed bin, flower planters, fish pond filters, bio-diesel, fuel storage, rainwater, chemical storage, liquid fertilizer storage, water reservoir, holding tanks, grey water systems, compost barrel, plastic drums, catch basins, drainage basin, horse jumping, barrel racing, intermediate bulk containers, used plastic barrels, ibc tote bins, petroleum drum, used oil container, septic tank, waste bins, vegetable oil storage, industrial totes, flotation, wharves, metal/steel drums, burning barrel, rain barrel, rainbarrels,

 

55 gallons or 210 litres.
Barrel Specifications:
Heavy duty
Height: 36"
Diameter: 23 3/4 "

IS YOUR DOCK GETTING YOU DOWN???  These barrels will lift your dock and level your dock.

We Deliver to Sidney and Victoria. (min order 6) Please Add $50 for delivery.


Great for Rain catchers. 

During hot and dry summer days save your water. With municipal watering restrictions every extra little bit counts. Enviro Water Saver & rain barrel.

 

We also have pre-made rain barrels with taps.  Only 59.00 complete

We can also install barrels under your dock.

For an extra charge.


In Sidney  Call: 250-999-6888     (Help support Students)

Email: mercedes500@shaw.ca

 

 Save the Rain for a Sunny Day!!!

WHAT IS A RAIN BARREL?

A rain barrel is a container used to collect and store rainwater that would otherwise be lost to

runoff and likely diverted to a storm drain. Collected water may then be used to water lawns and

gardens. Rainwater can be harvested in many ways. The catchment system described here is just

one way to capture rainwater for usage in your yard.

WHY USE A RAIN BARREL?

WATER CONSERVATION - Approximately 60% of our municipal water supply goes

directly to watering our lawns. By using rain barrels, you lessen the amount of water flowing

into our storm drains, sewer systems, and ultimately local waterways. This water can then be

used during hot or dry spells to water your garden.

PROTECTION OF LOCAL WATERSHEDS - 70 million pounds of pesticides are applied

to lawns each year, contaminating storm water (rainwater) runoff. Fertilizers and pesticides are

the primary source of water pollution. By collecting rain water, you prevent that runoff from

picking up and carrying these harmful pollutants into our local waterways.

NATURAL GARDENING - Using rainwater to water your garden is natural and healthy.

Plants and beneficial microbes like rainwater because it is naturally soft - free of chlorine, fluo-

ride, and other chemicals

 

RAIN BARRELS

Save the Rain for a Sunny Day!!!

WHAT IS A RAIN BARREL?

A rain barrel is a container used to collect and store rainwater that would otherwise be lost to

runoff and likely diverted to a storm drain. Collected water may then be used to water lawns and

gardens. Rainwater can be harvested in many ways. The catchment system described here is just

one way to capture rainwater for usage in your yard.

WHY USE A RAIN BARREL?

WATER CONSERVATION - Approximately 60% of our municipal water supply goes

directly to watering our lawns. By using rain barrels, you lessen the amount of water flowing

into our storm drains, sewer systems, and ultimately local waterways. This water can then be

used during hot or dry spells to water your garden.

PROTECTION OF LOCAL WATERSHEDS - 70 million pounds of pesticides are applied

to lawns each year, contaminating storm water (rainwater) runoff. Fertilizers and pesticides are

the primary source of water pollution. By collecting rain water, you prevent that runoff from

picking up and carrying these harmful pollutants into our local waterways.

NATURAL GARDENING - Using rainwater to water your garden is natural and healthy.

Plants and beneficial microbes like rainwater because it is naturally soft - free of chlorine, fluo-

ride, and other chemicals.

RAIN BARREL FAQ’S

Will my rain barrel attract mosquitoes? NO! This type of rain barrel is a closed water

system and there is consequently no standing water in which mosquitoes can breed. Open

catchment systems may require frequent monitoring and treatment.

Can I add a second (or third…) barrel to the same system? YES! Simply drill a hole at the

bottom of your first barrel and at the bottom of your second barrel. Thread each hole with the

pipe tap, wrap the ends of the hose barbs with Teflon tape and insert into the holes. Connect

the bottom of the barrels with a small hose, making sure the connection is taut and secure. You

can hook up as many barrels as you like and harvest all the rainwater you like!

Can I paint my barrel? YES! There are several paint types that will adhere to plastic. Ask at

your local hardware store.

Can I drink the water from my rain barrel? NO! The water that falls into your barrel is not

potable for humans or animals. It will have run over your roof and down your downspout -

only plants and grass like this water.

Can I put a rain barrel on my house or garage? We encourage you to check with your local

city hall if they have any restrictions about cutting your downspout. Be sure to tell them that

you are diverting the rainwater, not disconnecting your downspout. In this system, once the

barrel fills up, the water goes back into the downspout

 Rainbarrels

What are they?
Rain barrels are simply a storage tank for temporarily holding stormwater. Stormwater from your roof is diverted into a barrel connected to your downspouts and stored for later use. A house can have more than one rain barrel, and barrels vary in size and features.

How do they work?
Installing a rain barrel prevents runoff by temporarily holding rain. The rainwater can later be used, or emptied onto a permeable surface or a landform to allow it to infiltrate. Rain barrels can be simply a barrel, or can include special features such as spigots for attaching garden hoses, filters, mosquito-proof mesh, and child and animal-proofing.

What are the Benefits?

  • Rain barrels drastically reduce runoff with low costs and minimal maintenance.
  • Simple to install, suitable for virtually any household property size or location
  • Stores relatively clean (and unchlorinated) water for use on lawns and gardens.
  • Can reduce domestic water use, lowering water bills and demands on city water system, especially during peak summer periods.
  • If used and maintained properly there can be a reduction of 65–70 % of runoff.


A few Tips:

  • Select a barrel that can hold most of the rain that comes off your roof. In some cases, you may have to buy one for each downspout or connect more than one together. See Calculate Your Runoff in the Do-It-Yourself section of the Library page.
  • Install the rain barrel on a strong, level surface as it can weigh up to 1200 lbs when full -- a patio or paving stone is ideal.
  • If the barrel is slightly elevated, a hose can use gravity to feed water to a garden or lawn.
  • To limit mosquito-breeding, ensure that your barrel is vector/mosquito proof. Most manufactured rain barrels come with this feature.
  • Rain water collected in your barrel is ideal for watering your garden, but not recommended as drinking water.

Costs:

Rain barrels can cost up to about $260 depending on the size and manufacturer. Price is related to the size of the barrel, and the additional features that it has. Features like filtering systems, spigots and mosquito proofing increase costs.

Maintenance:

  • Clean and maintain your eavestroughs and downspouts of leaves and debris, to prevent clogging of spouts or the barrel.
  • Drain your rain barrel before each storm event to allow for full capacity storage.
  • Drain your rain barrel before the winter - water will freeze and can crack the barrel.

 

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  • 1 plumbing tap - make sure the inside end is threaded so when you drill through the barrel for the tap you can put a washer and nut on the inside of the tap so water won't leak out (I bought a plastic tap and threaded washer at Preston Hardware for $13.00 which did the job)
  • 1 ABS 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 male threaded adapter. (Part Number 39923 19466 from Home Depot; cost $1.48)
  • 1 ABS 1 1/4 female threaded right angle adapter. (Part Number 066837816047 from Home Depot; cost $2.68)
  • 1 hose clamp (Part Number 0020637251071 from Home Depot; cost $0.98)
  • Wire mesh or screen for the top.
  • 4 #8 bolts 3/4" long with nuts and washers

Tools required:

  • 1 electric drill, 3/4" wood drill bit, and 1 1/4" hole saw attachment
  • Dremel tool or tin snips for cutting the down pipe
  • Dremel tool or key hole saw for cutting the top of the rain barrel
  • screw driver

Steps:

  1. Select your location for the rain barrel and make sure it is level or sloping slightly away from the house. Put the rain barrel on the stand made up of the two concrete blocks and the concrete patio stone. It should have enough height so you will be able to place your watering can under the tap.
  2. With the barrel in place mark the down pipe for cutting. It should be 12 inches above the top of the barrel.
  3. Drill a 3/4" hole 3 inches above the bottom of the barrel for placement of the drain tap. Insert the tap and put the washer and nut on the tap threads inside the barrel. I tightened it hand tight. You may want to add some sealant such as caulking to the threads to prevent leaks.
  4. Take the lid off the barrel and cut a large hole in the lid using either a Dremel tool with a cutting blade or the keyhole saw.  Cover the hole with wire mesh using the bolts and washers to secure it to the lid.
  5. Using the 1 1/4" hole saw attachment, drill a hole in the top of the barrel for the overflow hole. Push the 1 1/2 -1 1/4" ABS male adapter from the inside of the barrel so the threads are sticking out. Screw the right angle ABS female adapter to it and attach the flexible hose to the female adapter with the hose clamp. This will run off the excess water when the rain barrel is full.
  6. Cut the down pipe at the premarked location using tin snips or the Dremel tool with cutter attachment. Remove and save the bottom piece of the down pipe for replacement in the winter when the barrel is in storage. If the bottom piece has been strapped to your siding, relocate this strap just above where you have cut the pipe.
  7. Attach the down pipe curved elbows so the water is directed into the barrel. Use self tapping screws to ensure the elbow will not detach from the straight downpipe.
  8. Put the lid back on the barrel. The wire mesh insures that small animals & insects will not get in the barrel.
  9. Wait for the rain and then enjoy your barrel.

Winter hint:

According to the Lee Valley Catalogue, water freezing in the barrel over the winter will crack and damage the barrel. Therefore at the end of the season it is wise to drain the barrel and turn it upside down on your stand. Re-assemble the down spout as outlined in step # 6.

 

 

Use Improvements Rain Water Barrel to collect soft rainwater to nurture your plants or wash your car. This large rainwater barrel includes a convenient downspout diverter to channel water into the reservoir. Keep your cars clean, your plants happy and your water bill down with this old-idea-made-new-again rain barrel!

Improvements Rain Water Barrel Features:

  • Tight-fitting, removable lid - easy access for watering cans or buckets
  • Connects to a soaker hose (sold separately)
  • Made of durable resin - lightweight
  • Threaded spigot - insures a tight hose connection
  • Fill time approx. 2 to 3 hours in moderate rainfall
  • Downspout diverter -  fits 2" x 3" or 3" x 4" downspouts (sold separately) 
  • Measures approx. 31"H x 25"Diameter  
  • Made in USA 

About HSN Improvements...
You take pride in maintaining a clean and well-organized home. But even more importantly, you love those clever gadgets and crazy gizmos that make accomplishing that goal even easier. HSN Improvements searches the world over for products that find convenient and efficient ways to improve your home and garden - from hiding menacing electrical cords, to creating space-saving storage ideas. Let us identify your problem and solve it before it becomes an issue, helping you showcase your ingenuity without spending extra time or money on home

Harvesting Rainwater with Rain Barrels

Collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice. Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago in Thailand, and throughout other areas of the world after that. With the rising price of municipal water and drought restrictions now facing much of the United States during the summer months, more and more homeowners in our own modern society are turning to the harvesting of rainwater to save money and protect this precious natural resource.

 

Follow the three steps below to build and install your own rain barrel.

You may need to modify some steps based on the supplies you have.

 

__Lower drain hole

Measure about 1 inch above the bottom of the barrel and mark this location for

the lower drain hole. Using a ¾” bit or hole saw, drill a hole through the barrel.

__Upper drain hole (overflow hole)

Mark the upper drain hole 3-5 inches from the top of the barrel where you want the overflow to be located in

relationship to the lower drain. Use a 1-5/8” hole saw to cut the upper drain hole.

__Top hole for atrium grate (filter)

Using the atrium grate as a template for size, mark a circle at the center of the top of the barrel. Drill a ½” hole

inside of the marked circle. Use a router or jig saw to cut until the hole is large enough to accommodate the

atrium grate, which filters out large debris (see photo at right). Do not make the hole too big – you want the

flange of the atrium grate to fit securely on the top of the barrel without falling in.

__Spigot (optional)

If desired, mark and cut a hole for a spigot in the side of the barrel using a drill or hole saw.

__ Garden hose and shutoff valve

Thread the lower drain hole with a 3/4” tap. Place silicone around the 3/4” male barbed fitting to get a water tight

seal. Use a pair of channel lock pliers to twist the fitting into the lower drain hole. Attach the 5” section of

garden hose to the hose coupler and tighten screws. Screw the shutoff valve onto the other end of the hose

coupler. Place the 1/2” hose clamp onto the garden hose. Attach the garden hose to the barbed fitting at the

lower drain hole (see photo at right) and tighten clamp down onto the barbed fitting.

_ Overflow connector and drain hose

Put the 1¼” male threaded coupling inside the barrel with the threads through the hole. From the outside, screw

the 1¼” female barbed fitting onto the threaded coupling. Use silicone on the threads. Attach 5’ section of drain

hose to this overflow connector (see photo at right).

_ Atrium grate (filter)

Cut window screen material or mosquito netting to fit the top of the atrium grate. Using PVC glue, secure the

screen to the lip of the basket to filter out debris and keep out mosquitos (using screening material is optional).

Place the atrium grate into the hole on top of the barrel (basket down).

_ Spigot (optional)

Thread the spigot hole with a tap, and screw in the spigot. This will come in handy later for filling watering cans

and buckets.

_ Use a drill to put drain holes around the inside of the barrel lip and the threaded caps on top of the barrel.

This will keep water from collecting on the top of the barrel and keep mosquitos away.

_ Position the end of your downspout or corrugated pipe so it drains onto the atrium grate on the rain barrel.

You may need to clean the atrium grate from time to time or empty the barrel in winter so the water does not freeze. Enjoy your barrel!

In Victoria Call: 250-999-6888   (Help support Students)

Email: mercedes500@shaw.ca

 

Rain Barrels. 55 gallon size.  THESE ARE FOOD GRADE BARRELS Air tight, water tight.  Great for  Ballast, Water, Docks floats, rain catchers, planters, etc.