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In Uncategorized on April 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm

savings in rainwater – how to water your garden without paying for it!

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2008 at 5:50 am

How to Build a Rainwater Collection System

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Recycle your rainwater and keep your landscaping looking healthy, the eco-friendly way. Building a rainwater collection system is fast, easy and can save you money on your water bill, as well as significantly reduce your total water usage.


  1. Cut a bucket to create the top of your rainwater tank.
    • The top of your rainwater collection system is made by cutting the top off a five gallon / 10 liter bucket. An important thing to keep in mind when putting together your rain collection system is that standing water can be a haven for mosquitoes. The top will be used to secure a paint strainer to the top of the bucket, thereby keeping large objects and mosquitoes from getting into the barrel and spoiling your water supply.
    • With your 7/8”/ 2.2cm spade bit already attached to your power drill, put a hole in the side of the five gallon bucket to get your jigsaw rolling and cutting easily.
  2. Use your permanent marker and the top of the five gallon bucket and trace around the top of the 55 gallon / 210 liter drum.
    • Just like you cut the starter hole on the five gallon bucket, use your drill with the 7/8” / 2.2cm spade bit and put a hole in the top of the 55 gallon / 210 liter drum.
    • Follow the guideline around the top of the barrel.
    • The top of the five gallon bucket should fit snug in the opening of the 55 gallon / 210 liter drum.
  3. Spout it out. No one likes a leaky spout – especially when the whole point of your rainwater collection system is to reduce the amount of wasted water.
    • A sure way to get your spout to fit nice and tight into the bottom of your 55 gallon / 210 liter drum is to drill a hole using your 7/8” spade bit.
    • Take your half-round bastard file and file down the inside of the hole until you have a nice fit.
    • Screw the ¾” / 2cm spigot in securely.
    • When you have a good fit, set your drum up on cinder blocks.
  4. Add a gutter extension.
    • Using the existing downspout from your gutters, add an extension to run down into the collection barrel. Any hardware store will carry a variety of extension and fittings for this. Make sure to save the receipt so you can return any of the unused fittings. That way the hardware store can take the financial hit for your lack of accuracy.
  5. Measure and mark where you need to cut the fitting so that the end will run into the top of your rainwater collection barrel.
    • Most fittings are made of flexible plastic and can be cut with a utility knife.
    • It may be necessary to use a “splice” to fit the end of your existing downspout into the extension. Push these two pieces together until they are nice and snug.
    • Use brackets to secure the fitting to side of your house.
  6. Ensure a proper fit. Before retiring your jigsaw for the day, you need to cut a hole in the lid of your 5 gallon / 10 liter bucket, as this will keep large objects from falling into the collection barrel.
    • Measure around the opening of your drain.
    • Use the 7/8th inch / 2.2cm spade bit to drill a starter hole.
    • Cut the remainder of the lid with your jigsaw.
    • Place the lid on the top of the bucket to check for proper fit.
  7. Strain the drain. To prevent the collected organic matter from hanging too far down into the rain barrel, tie a knot in the strainer before installing it into the lid.
  8. Place a gutter strain in the gutter on your roof. This will keep large debris from working its way down the fittings and potentially clogging the gutters.
  9. Enjoy using your rainwater collection system. Not only does it save water and your pocketbook, it's so much fun! You may never need to recruit help around the yard again.


  • Check for free buckets and drums online at Craigslist, or ask at local hardware stores, car washes, stables, farms etc.
  • Plastic downspout fittings are extremely durable.


  • Check the legality of doing this with your local city officials, as it is illegal in many areas to collect and hold any kind of water for re-use. E.g. Colorado, US[1]
  • Water collected from rooftops will also contain chemical components from the composition roofing. This is not ok for drinking, and is not recommended for gardens either.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 paint strainer
  • 1 5 gallon / 10 liter bucket
  • 1 55 gallon / 210 liter drum with a lid
  • downspout fittings
  • 1 gutter strainer
  • 3 cinder blocks
  • 1 3/4" / 2cm spigot with 1/4" / 65cm turn ball valve
  • 1 permanent black marker
  • 1 jigsaw
  • 1 powerdrill with 7/8" / 2.2cm spade bit
  • 1 half-round bastard file
  • 1 utility knife
  • 1/4" / 65cm galvanized wood screws

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Sources and Citations

  • VideoJug A video of building a rainwater collection system. Original source of this article. Shared with permission and appreciation.

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Worth a Mint

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2008 at 7:28 am

Here is a nifty site I use for my own finances  This site lets you see graphs of what your spending trends are by category (which you can tweak), notifies you of large purchases, deposits (as if!) and withdrawals.

They also have a blog with some kewl features and articles.

Teach Your Kids To Be Tree Huggers…It could save their lives!

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2008 at 6:05 pm

tree hugger

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2008 at 5:58 pm

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Russell Moore (Southern Seminary Dean) On “Ten Good Books from a Good Old Year”

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2008 at 12:11 pm

I wish everyone could meet and hear Russ Moore.  He is a very smart, funny and critical Christian thinker.  He gets on your good side and can get on your bad side…and make you enjoy it.

His list of must reads of 2007 has some important and entertaining books.  See it here.

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“Interpreting the Interpreters”

In Uncategorized on January 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Anyone familiar with James L. Kugel will be interested in his new book, “How To Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now”

Here is a review of the book by Jewish newspaper Haaretz.

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