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Post  PeggyC on 8/27/2010, 1:36 am

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=182425&_requestid=110704

Saw this at Sam's and thought some of you might be looking for an affordable, pretty barrel too. I'm hoping I can get authorization to buy one. or two. or three. or four...

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Post  Chopper on 8/27/2010, 2:29 am

I read the whole thing and could not find a price. I likely missed it but...?
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Post  PeggyC on 8/27/2010, 7:47 am

price varies by location. you have to put in your zipcode or state after clicking on the right somewhere. it's less than $60 where I am. When I red-lasered it in the store (barcode scan with iPhone to check prices), it was double that online from other stores.
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Post  Wyldflower on 8/27/2010, 11:40 am

It's not available in my local Sam's Clubs... so no price was shown.

I'm picking up two food-grade blue barrels from someone here in town, and will set up my own 'on the cheap' water collection system. I'm not crazy about the blue of the barrels, but I think I'll put some sort of wood enclosure to make it look better. I do love Craigslist... the barrels will cost $15 ea. (Plus the fittings and hoses).
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Post  Retired Member 1 on 8/27/2010, 12:36 pm

@Wyldflower wrote:It's not available in my local Sam's Clubs... so no price was shown.

I'm picking up two food-grade blue barrels from someone here in town, and will set up my own 'on the cheap' water collection system. I'm not crazy about the blue of the barrels, but I think I'll put some sort of wood enclosure to make it look better. I do love Craigslist... the barrels will cost $15 ea. (Plus the fittings and hoses).

That's what I'm planning to do also, except the only ones I can find are translucent white. But they take paint well if you use a primer. You might want to look into that option also.
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Post  Wyldflower on 8/27/2010, 1:29 pm

belfrybat wrote:...... But they take paint well if you use a primer. You might want to look into that option also.

Great idea... I can paint them 'terra cotta' color! A lot less costly than building an enclosure!
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Post  Megan on 11/28/2010, 3:23 pm

It finally dawned on me that next year I could put a rain barrel in the backyard if I wanted to. So now I'm looking into it much more seriously.

I still don't want to spend a fortune on a barrel, though, and as previously noted, most of the readily available ones are $$$$. So... Google to the rescue, maybe?

This site has a truly great compilation of links:
http://www.harvesth2o.com/resources.shtml

On that page was this link. I'm going to need to read it over some more, as while the instructions seem clear, I wish there were more pictures and I'm not familiar with all the parts described.
Construct a Rain Barrel for $20 http://www.yorkccd.org/xmisc/Newrainbarrel.pdf

Here is another good one, not as precise about the parts, but good pictures:
http://www.rain-barrel.net/

The other thing I did was to Google my town name plus "Rain Catchment". I got numerous hits on State-published articles, and this was one: http://www.arcsa-usa.org/files/Virginia%20Rainwater%20Harvesting%20Manual.pdf The rainwater harvesting systems it describes bring rainwater indoors (or into an outdoor cistern) for non-potable use....far different from a simple rain barrel. However, it's worth the read, and a few factlets (aside from some truly scary statistics) especially caught my eye:
  • 59% of household water is for outdoor use.
  • If each house in Virginia (as of July 2000) had a rainwater harvesting system, it could supply 14.3 BILLION gallons of water per year.
  • From an Australia study, if 5% of households in the Sydney/Melbourne/SE Queensland area collected rainwater, they would supply as much water as a desalination plant.

Interesting food for thought. Now I just need to find a barrel! Very Happy
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Post  CindiLou on 11/28/2010, 4:22 pm

I have been lucky. My hubby had wooden barrels and he sacrificed them for my gardens! Three years ago he made one by the house for my flowers and herbs then the next year when he saw how much I was using it, he made one on the other side of the house. Last spring when I started SFG he put his last one down by the vegetable garden on the big shed so that I didn't have to haul the water over 100 ft from the house!. One of the barrels has a spigot I can hook a hose up to for slow watering, the other two have plain plastic spigots. I love them and would hate to be without! He is going to make one from a blue barrel for the other side of the shed if I need it next year. We built two more beds this year so may be necessary! Iowa summers seem to be either wet or dry!
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Post  Megan on 11/28/2010, 5:05 pm

What I learned from my (admittedly brief) reading is that Virginia is considered a "wet" state (despite having been declared a disaster area in recent years due to drought.) We get a relatively large amount of rain in a short period of time and most of it runs off before being absorbed, especially in urban/suburban areas. This fits exactly with what I have casually observed since I've moved here.

Don't know if I will get to rain barrel(s) next year, as I'm going to have to start over on boxes, MM, and irrigation if I'm going to do it at all.... but here's to hoping! I'm jealous of your barrels, but glad you got some! Very Happy
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Post  happyfrog on 11/28/2010, 7:07 pm

a source for teh barrel part of building your own could be close by - i discovered we have many bottling plants here in ohio - pepsi is very close by.

and they give away the barrels or charge a small fee $7 (at most) is what i've discovered.

so check into the big 3 bottling plants and see what's closest. odds are real good you'll get barrels for cheap. Smile
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