How to Build a Rain Barrel

Obtain the Parts

  • Food Grade Barrel(JPG, 31KB)
  • Overflow (on side):
  • Overflow alternative:
    • 1 – 90° 1 ½" PVC pipe elbow
    • 1 – 1 ½" PVC male threaded adaptor union
    • 1 – 6 ft roll of 2" backwash hose
    • 1 – 1 ½" 2" metal worm clamp
  • Rainwater Entry (on top):
    • 1 – 6" NDS green grate
    • 1 – 6-7" metal worm clamp
    • 1 – 12" square of aluminum window screen
  • Spigot (on Front):
    • 1 – ¾" brass spigot
  • Paint

Drill the Holes

For the average rain barrel, you will need at least 3 holes:

Attach the Spigot

  • Attach the spigot Attach the spigot (JPG, 48KB)

    Obtain the 0.75" brass spigot and screw into the drilled spigot hole. Once the barrel is painted, you may want to seal the threads with silicone sealant or teflon tape.

Assemble the Rainwater Entry Grate

Assemble the Overflow

Finish Barrel

  • Spray paint for plastics should be added after the barrel has been washed and sanded
  • To elevate the barrel for use, this picture displays 2 cement blocks
  • The PVC pipe can be cut to different lengths depending on where the barrel is located, what's underneath of it, etc.