Good Ideas Rain Saver
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A couple tablespoons of oil on the top will prevent mosquitoes. The oil should last a while as the spigot is on the bottom.
What kind of oil? Motor and olive are the first two possibilities that come to mind, but I don’t even want to assume between those two.
Vegetable oil works great. It stays on top of the water and suffocates the mosquito larvae.
I look at these and never understand how this is cost effective. 110 dollars? Can someone please explain to me why I should be buying this thing?
$110 for years of saving money on the water bill? Not rocket science…
You shouldn’t. Sam’s Club has (had) them for $89 which is where I got mine.
There are some serious design flaws with this unit that you won’t realize until it’s put into use -
The threaded flange that attaches to the body, bottom front, that the faucet screws into is attached with glue, it will leak or break away. Resign yourself to have to work it free with a knife blade, seal it with Goop and 3 sheet metal screws thru the flange facing into the body to attach it permanently.
There is no dam in front to catch the runoff from a gutter, so you’ll lose most of the catchment because of the rear screened opening’s design - it’s flat, not a funnel shape so most of the runoff will run towards the front and out the front lip. Dumb! Again, resign yourself to dam both valleys in front with a big dollop of Goop.
IOW, get the real, buy a Norwesco or similiar brand. This thing sucks (although I got mine to work).
Some of us only have water spigots on one side of our homes. I have no source of water in the front yard, so I use a rain barrel to drip irrigate the front beds. Works great. Requires no maintenance besides emptying the bin and turning it over before the first freeze. ::shrug:: YMMV, but our last one lasted 3 years before it failed (user error, did not get it drained before it froze.) It cost $70 at the time and compared to running a new water line that was acceptable.
You just solved my “no spigot in front of my house” problem, thanks! (I’ll never get over how good I am at seeing the obvious, once someone points it out.)
same product/different color – same price at Home Depot! Not a bargain. I have been considering this product for a while and have seen it cheaper. But Amazon has a control over so many sites now. “Not Available at this time” at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and other sites. Woot has become “Just another site”
If you’re looking to save some $$ on a rain barrel…
Might be worth checking with your your county’s (or city’s) soil and water division to see if they offer any “discount” rain barrel programs.
Our county offers a 45-gallon rain barrel station for $55.
When it only rains about 30 days out of the year in Phoenix, this isn’t worth it
Looks nice. A great idea with the planter on top.
However, it is PLASTIC. There is no way it should cost over $40, much less $100+, even with the brass spigot.
Look into your city or town public works department. Many offer rain barrels for a greatly reduced price. Certainly not as attractive as this one, but functional.
I pay about $400 every three month for water where I live. So if I can save some money but not turning my faucet on, I’m in. I think I would rather have the rain barrel that takes water from the gutter drains.
If you’re on well water, and you’re tapping it dry to keep your garden from going tits-up, you might want to bank some rain water, you know, for a rainy day.
Also, our well water is so hard you can’t wash cars with it. I suspect rain water would be better.
I guess that would depend on what’s on your roof. I think well water is probably going to be a little easier on your clearcoat than whatever grit and nastiness washed off your roof into the barrel.
I only check the comments when a rain barrel is posted to see if that one guy will warn everybody how it is illegal to collect water and then watch the fireworks begin. This is how I amuse myself during my lunch at work. I’m a sad little person.
Some of us are looking forward to a seriously hard summer due to drought conditions. We are getting plenty of rain, but our municipal water supply comes from snow melt in the mountains, and our average snowpack is currently at around 6 inches. The last time we had a drought with mandatory water curtailment, the snowpack was at 41 inches. This summary of the mandatory water curtailment rules might explain how the rain barrel pays for itself: