Milberger's Nursery and Landscaping
3920 North Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78247
Open 9 to 6 Mon. through Sat.
and 10 to 5 on Sun.
Three exits east of 281, inside of 1604
Next to the Diamond Shamrock station
Please click map for more detailed map and driving directions.
GARDENING VOLUNTEERS OF SOUTH TEXAS
Culebra Road SA, TX 78238 (210) 522-9220 Fax (210) 522-9271
To Make a Rain Barrel from a Plastic Barrel
a ¾ plastic faucet and a tube of silicone sealant from the
home improvement center.
a 15/16 hole about an inch or so up from the bottom of the
barrel. For plastic barrels, a regular paddle
bit or hole saw will do the job.
The hole cannot be any bigger than 15/16.
the threaded end of the faucet in the barrel and slowly start
turning it into the barrel.
the threads start to take, add a ring of sealant around
the threads on the part of the faucet outside the barrel.
turning the faucet until you can tell that its seated against
the barrel. If the barrel
will be placed on the ground, turn the faucet to a sideways
position so that you can attach a short hose to it.
the assembly to stand overnight before using.
connect the barrel to a downspout from the guttering system, purchase
a down spout connector from the home improvement center. It is rectangular on one end and 4
round on the other end.
the size of the round end of the connector on the top of the barrel
close to the side.
a small hole or two at the edge of the drawn circle.
a saber saw into the hole and cut the circle.
the connector and place a small bead of silicone sealant around
the lid of the barrel is removable, remove it, place a piece of
screen wire over the top of the barrel and reinstall the lid fastening
ring without the lid.
that a brass faucet may be used in a plastic barrel, but the hole
size will be different and the setup is the same as the one below
for the metal barrels.
To Make a Rain Barrel from a Metal Barrel
a ½ brass faucet, metal 1 flat washer, a rubber hose
gasket, a 7/8 bi-metal hole saw, one square yard of aluminum
wire or nylon mesh (screen wire), and a ¾ conduit nut (electrical
department) from the home improvement center.
one hole an inch or so above the bottom of the barrel.
the 1 metal flat washer on the threaded end of the faucet
that goes into the barrel.
the faucet with the washer into the hole.
a rubber gasket on the threaded end of the faucet inside the barrel. Youll need some help on this part.
Have someone hold the faucet while attaching the gasket and
a nut on the threaded end of the faucet.
the nut until the gasket squeezes a little inside of
the barrel. Sometimes it is easier to turn the faucet
rather than the nut. You
may turn the faucet sideways if the barrel will be setting
on the ground.
the lid fastening ring and take out the plastic top of the barrel.
the wire or nylon mesh over the top of the barrel.
and tighten the lid fastening ring without the lid.
Connect Two or More Plastic Barrels
a 15/16 hole about 2 inches down from the top of both barrels.
a male-threaded 3/4 PVC connector in the hole in each barrel.
Be sure to add sealant to the final few threads.
the barrels side by side in the position where they will be permanently
mounted or placed.
a piece of 3/4 PVC to the length you desire between the two
the pipe into the connector in each barrel.
two or more metal barrels is the same process except that you will
probably have to use metal pipeeither galvanized or copper and
the appropriate fittings.
For a really neat setup, place another pipe between the barrels
close to the bottom so that the barrels all drain at the same time That way, you only need one faucet on one of
Add a Little Gravity to the Barrels
Buy 3 cinder blocks at the home center and arrange
them in a triangle on the ground.
Set each barrel on top of the triangle or square.
Attach a short hose to the faucet.
To get even more height, build a sturdy stand as high as you
need or want it. Note that
a full barrel of water weighs over 400 pounds, so the stand has to
be sturdy, well-braced and placed on solid footing.
One person told us of a neighbor who laid his barrels horizontal
on a stand and then connected them together.
He had about 10 barrels stacked up so that he had lots of gravity
to push the water out the bottom barrels faucet.
The source for this GVST Gardening Guide is Tom Harris, PhD, of the Gardening Volunteers
of South Texas and gardening columnist for the Boerne Star weekly newspaper. Demonstration
barrels were furnished by Milbergers Landscaping Nursery. (The barrels
for the demonstration were purchased from Dave the Barrel Man, 811 Roosevelt, San Antonio, 210-534-5416)