There are several different types of rain barrels to choose from. My favorites are the ones made from recycled materials, such as ones that are repurposed olive barrels from Greece and Italy. But if you are looking for a more polished look, you can choose decorative ones that work just as well. Once you decide on a barrel you’ll need to cut one of your downspouts with a hacksaw and metal blade so the water from the roof will begin draining into the barrel. Many of these barrels have connections on them for your garden hose to allow you to water your garden. There is not enough pressure sadly to run a sprinkler effectively but a watering wand will work if the barrel is full.
Be sure to choose a rain barrel that has a screen on the top which serves to keep mosquito’s from laying eggs in the water and make sure you do not remove that screen for very long.
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Lou Manfredini is a nationally recognized DIY expert, sought after both for his expertise and his energetic, entertaining style. In an extension of his ongoing effort to help people maximize the value and enjoyment of their homes, he is also Ace Hardware’s “Helpful Hardware Man” and editorial media spokesperson. Along with his wife and four children, Manfredini lives in Chicago, where they also own and operate a neighborhood Ace Hardware store.