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Old 05-24-2008, 10:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I want to get a rainwater barrel to collect rainwater from the gutters on my house. But DH doesn't want to fork the $100 for one that he claims is just a "fancy trash can" but I like that it has a place to plug in a water hose and something to keep the leaves from going into the barrel. Has anyone used just a trash can to collect water? or is a rainwter barrel a must?

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We use big plastic barrels that we got off Craig's list for $7 each. I suspect that the barrels were previously used to hold some sort of cleaning solution, they had somewhat of a chemical smell when we got them. But we cleaned them out well, and they work just fine for collecting water to put on the garden. DH did go out and spend a couple of bucks for spigots to attach to the barrels, so the total cost was a little over $10 each.

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A piece of screening over the top will solve the leaf problem.

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DH did go out and spend a couple of bucks for spigots to attach to the barrels, so the total cost was a little over $10 each.

did he use some kind of waterproof caulking to prevent leaking? any other tips?

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yeah. i'd definitely caulk around the spigot. that's how i want to make our shower.

but with any open container of standing water, beware the squigglies (mosqito babies)!
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did he use some kind of waterproof caulking to prevent leaking? any other tips?
DH said that he used plummer's putty to caulk around the spigot. He only needed a small amount.

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but with any open container of standing water, beware the squigglies (mosqito babies)!
I agree, but if you are emptying the barrel on a regular basis to water the garden, you shouldn't have too many problems.

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