Level SurfaceSafety first! A flat, level surface for placement of your water barrel is key. A full rain water barrel can weigh in excess of 300 lbs. you don’t want the rain water barrel to tip.
DownspoutOnce you position your rain barrel, you will need to remove a section of your gutter downspout to redirect water into your barrel.
OverflowOverflow should be between ¾”- 1 ½” wide opening. Note where the overflow is on the barrel, the larger the opening the lower the capacity of the barrel.
Some overflows also have PVC tubing inside the barrel, this will reduce capacity and prevent you from being able to dunk a watering can inside the barrel
DownspoutWhich downspout? Perhaps you want the one that accesses the greatest amount of roof surface,thereby filling the barrel fastest. Is the downspout easily accessible, and what is its proximity to the area that needs the water? Is the ground surface area where the barrel will stand flat and stable?
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