Jan 21, 2014

Conserve rainwater

   
Conserve water by collecting rainwater and using it for your garden or lawn.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  • Recycled food barrel (try checking with large restaurants or food distributors)
  • 2 to 4 concrete blocks (to allow room for a bucket to fit under the spigot)
  • 3/4-inch hose spigot
  • Drill
  • Saber saw
  • 3/4 x 1-1/4-inch threaded pipe nipple (used as overflow connector)
  • Window screen
  • PVC cement                                               
  •                                                                 WHAT YOU’LL DO
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1. Wash out the barrel with a solution of 1/8-cup bleach and 5 gallons of water.
2. Drill a 15/16-inch hole a few inches from the bottom of the barrel.
Thread the spigot halfway into the barrel, apply PVC cement onto the
threads and continue screwing it in until snug.
3. Using the same procedure as the spigot, install the 3/4-inch overflow
connector a few inches from the top of the barrel.
4. Choose a good spot for the rain barrel. It needs to be close to a rain
downspout and a short distance from your plants and gardens.
5. Raise the barrel off the ground by placing it on concrete blocks.
Reconfigure the downspout so it empties directly into the barrel.
Use the screen to cover the open hole in the barrel to prevent insects
or debris from getting in.
6. If you’ve installed an overflow, you can attach a hose and direct
the water to another part of your yard.
                                                                             


http://boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/7544/build-a-rain-barrel/