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Old 04-24-2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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Rain Barrels, love the idea!


Never heard of them before finding this site.

Now, I'm looking online at them. Is there anything to avoid when selecting a Rain barrel?

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Old 04-24-2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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I have read some complaints about a vendor on Craigslist selling the ones that sit under the gutter and they were leaking. I like the food grade, manly type barrels (tanks actually) myself, if I decide to go with rain water storage. Do your DD and read reviews on them before purchasing. good luck

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Old 04-24-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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thanks Jeeps.

I assume being covered that mosquitoes aren't a problem like with standing water.

I've heard rain has something in it that's good for plants so that's my reason for wanting one.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:08 PM   #4
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I dont know that rain water has any thing IN it that is good, but it is "mostly" chemical free. It is better than the drinking water we use on our plants as it is sanitized with MANY chemicals to make it potable. Yes, no standing water to keep the skeeters away.
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I've read rain water has Nitrogen in it and that's why everything looks so green and fresh after a rain. I'm mostly trying to plant drought resistance native plants, but those even need watering till they take hold.
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There are not "many" chemicals in municipal water supplies. The only thing we add is chlorine gas. One of our wells also uses fluoride, but all the others have enough natural fluoride that we do not need to add it.

What is worse for plants are people with salt based water softeners. Salt is not good for plants.
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There are not "many" chemicals in municipal water supplies. The only thing we add is chlorine gas. One of our wells also uses fluoride, but all the others have enough natural fluoride that we do not need to add it.

What is worse for plants are people with salt based water softeners. Salt is not good for plants.
Agreed. Chlorine gas, a polymer for floculation and coagulation (which gets removed), some mechanical filtering, and another shot of chlorine on the way out to maintain a static residual. We are talking a very small amount of chlorine at approx. 2 parts per million.

For me the appeal of rain barrels is Environmental. Less use of municipal water which saves money and saves lakes, rivers, underground aquafers. Reduced storm water runoff, albeit on a very small scale, but for some people they like knowing they are doing "their" small part for the Environment.
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I love the rain barrel idea also and am ready to start this project. Actually looks to be benifitial AND inexpensive.
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Nice project but I'm not handy.

Also my Home Inspections said my downspouts are buried into the ground or something. I guess I'll have to chop or break them off to go into a rain barrel.
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One of the issues of a rain barrel is to have it elevated some, well it helps anyway. Does not have to be elaborate but has to be strong method to hold the weight of water. The elevation helps with the water flow when attaching a hose and then using the majority of the water. It is hard to run the hose to flower bed and get water to flow up hill since the only pressure will be that of the height of the water in the barrel. We are not level here in PA. LOL

A good rain storm like you get the in FL. will fill a 50 gall barrel quite quick. Amazing how much water will come off your roof.

As for splicing into your gutters, it is part of the project that needs done and it is not to hard. A downspout diverter is what is used.

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Is a "downspout diverter" something I can walk into H.D. and buy?

Maybe I could find some concrete blocks to set the Rain barrel on.
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I bought a Fiskars brand barrel that included the divertor.

Still happy with it in my second year.

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