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RainStation 45 Gal. Recycled Black Rain Barrel with Diverter

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  • Easiest diverter installation in the industry
  • Industrial quality barrel
  • Available in terracotta, granite and black

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Home water conservation has never looked this good. The EarthMinded RainStation is a complete rainwater harvesting system that includes our patented FlexiFit diverter for easy installation and trouble free use. RainStation barrels feature a reversible "Planter Top" lid that can be used to grow annuals or herbs on top of the barrel making it both functional and decorative. Our patented FlexiFit diverter helps prevent overflows and flooding that plague conventional top-fill rain barrels and can damage a home's foundation. The RainStation can be assembled and installed in minutes. Locate near any downspout around the home, garage or out-building to catch and store rainwater for outdoor watering and washing chores. The RainStation is a convenient way to save both water and money.

  • 45 gal. barrel with snap on lid
  • A convenient size for decks, patios and balconies
  • Made in the USA from durable HDPE resin
  • Sealed system resists mosquitoes, insects, and algae growth
  • Includes diverter and all parts needed for installation
  • Diverter is easy to install and winterize
  • No special tools needed - hole saw included
  • Spigot and drain with standard garden hose connection
  • Available in 3 colors; terracotta, granite and recycled black (85% Recycled)
  • Illustrated step-by-step instructions

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How do you manage overflow isuues? Can water drain around the diverter when the barrell is full?

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August 9, 2016
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There is a diverter that comes with it.....and I watched as it rained and filled, when the barrel was full it went out the gutter they way it is suppose to! No issues at all...works great!
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If you install it per their instructions, which are pretty easy, you should have no problems. If you are going to use the planter? I had to add another drainage hose because the bottom of the planter would have been flooded. (See attached pic... my added hose is on left.) But today when that pic was taken, the rain barrel is full and we got an additional 1 1/2 inches of rain this morning. No leaks, no Read More
If you install it per their instructions, which are pretty easy, you should have no problems. If you are going to use the planter? I had to add another drainage hose because the bottom of the planter would have been flooded. (See attached pic... my added hose is on left.) But today when that pic was taken, the rain barrel is full and we got an additional 1 1/2 inches of rain this morning. No leaks, no over flows. Read Less
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YES
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July 13, 2015
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It must as I havn't seen any leakage around the lid area.
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June 9, 2015
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The diverter stops the flow of water to the barrel and sends it into the downspout.
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June 1, 2015
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With proper installation of the RainStation (the hose from the downspout to the RainStation is level), the water will go back down the downspout, the container will not overflow. However if the hose is not level, then you will either underfill or overflow your RainStation.
It is also recommended that your RainStation be placed on a solid surface, such as pavers or a stand, and checked after the first Read More
With proper installation of the RainStation (the hose from the downspout to the RainStation is level), the water will go back down the downspout, the container will not overflow. However if the hose is not level, then you will either underfill or overflow your RainStation.
It is also recommended that your RainStation be placed on a solid surface, such as pavers or a stand, and checked after the first full container as the filled weight will cause the ground to compact and possibly impact the level. Once reseated, it should remain consistent going forward.
Thanks for purchasing our product.
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Will lid stay on, and is spigot plastic?

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In the non-planter position, does the lid need to be screwed on or does it snap in place securely? I assume when the lid is removed the entire barrel is exposed for cleaning? Is the spigot plastic? If it is can a novice substitute a brass spigot? Would a 24 inch block work as a base?
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August 15, 2016
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Yes, the lid snaps in place securely although screws are supplied too, and yes, the entire interior is exposed. The plastic spigot could be replaced with brass, just be sure not to over-tighten. I reinforced the outlet and spigot holes, after installing plastic spigot and a shut-off cock for my waterer on lower outlet, on the inside with some FlexSeal, just-in-case.
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The lid is very tight on it just snaps in place, NO problems at all!! Yes the spigot is plastic but it works the same as a metal one, I figured in time if need to replace it would just put on a metal one then....but ours works great!
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July 13, 2016
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In the non-planter position the lid does snap on with no screws are needed. Yes, the barrel is easily cleaned once empty by removing the lid. The spigot is plastic and quite durable. If a similar brass spigot is found, it simply would be installed the same way as the supplied plastic spigot and definitely could be installed by a novice. I am not sure about the 24 inch block as the base. The barrel needs Read More
In the non-planter position the lid does snap on with no screws are needed. Yes, the barrel is easily cleaned once empty by removing the lid. The spigot is plastic and quite durable. If a similar brass spigot is found, it simply would be installed the same way as the supplied plastic spigot and definitely could be installed by a novice. I am not sure about the 24 inch block as the base. The barrel needs to be elevated enough for the water to run out keeping in mind 45 gallons of water weighs approximately 375 pounds so the platform has to be stable and level. Ours are elevated at 28" and are on platforms built out of 4" x 4" lumber. Read Less
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July 12, 2016
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The Lid snaps securely to the rim of the barrel, in the normal position.
The rim of the barrel is the widest point so you will have full access to the barrel for cleaning and to dunk and fill a watering can or bucket which is a much faster way to water than using a valve.
The siggot included is nylon (plastic) we offer a brass 1/4 turn ball valve as an upgrade, or you could use any valve with a 3/4"
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The Lid snaps securely to the rim of the barrel, in the normal position.
The rim of the barrel is the widest point so you will have full access to the barrel for cleaning and to dunk and fill a watering can or bucket which is a much faster way to water than using a valve.
The siggot included is nylon (plastic) we offer a brass 1/4 turn ball valve as an upgrade, or you could use any valve with a 3/4" male pipe thread (MPT) inlet. A novice can substitute as it follows the same procedure as the plastic.
The diameter at the base of our barrels is about 19" so a 24" block base would work well.
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Water pressure

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How is the water pressure on this barrel?
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We dont have an issue with water pressure but we but bricks under it to lift it up in the air a ways, and we put a brick inside on the bottom to keep wind that would be strong from blowing it over, works great! the higher you elevate the barrel the better your pressure will be.
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Water pressure would be estimated based on the volume of water in the barrel and the height it is installed. Ours are installed at a height of 28" and when full can move water over 75' through a 5/8" garden hose.
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It's a rain barrel. It's operated by gravity. There is no pump. The higher you place the barrel, the faster the water will come out but there is no 'pressure' other than gravity feed.
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April 20, 2016
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Rain barrels are not pressurized; they rely on gravity to dispense water. Most people use garden hose, soaker hose (slow release) watering cans or buckets to dispense the water. Raising the barrel on a stand of blocks will increase the pressure a bit and give more range if using a garden hose or soaker hose. Regards The EarthMinded Team
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What is the maximum distance the barrel can sit from the downspout?

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You get an accordion style hose with it so there is some length options, but the further you stretch it the more apt you are to get dips that will affect filling. My max distance one is like 18" personally
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No max
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The distance isn't limited except by the length of the hose used, and the need for the hose to be kept straight and at a consistent height from the downspout to the container. Kinks or dips would interfere with the way the rainbarrel fills and also impact the overflow functionality.
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Almost 3 feet
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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 218 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Just what I needed I use my rain barrel as a demand waterer for my tomato plants, so I'm not hooking it up to my gutters. It was easy to set up. I decorated mine with spray paint and stencils since it sits right in the middle of my front yard. Easy to refill using the inlet for downspout. August 15, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Works well, but....... The assembly instructions are straight forward. The faucet is a little cheap, but eventually can be replaced. If you follow the instructions exactly as to placement of the hose on the barrel, and decide to use the top as a planter? Beware. the first inch and a half of the planter bottom will be flooded after the first filling rain. Any soil you put in would eventually end up at the bottom of the rain barrel. Luckily I was lazy and hadn't planted yet and saw the problem. I bailed the water out until it was below the lowest point of the planter, and added another drainage hose. It is barely on the thicker plastic which is best for drilling. Overall it is nice to have on the deck to water the various other window boxes, planters, dog! without having to go in the house repeatedly. June 7, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Spigot Hole Leak The hole that the spigot goes to has a small drip if not prepped properly. Use caulking to seal everything before deploying. I'm currently having to wait until I can get water below there to seal that area properly, while losing water from the slow drip. June 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Easy to assemble and install. Extremely easy to set up and the directions were easy to follow. Good touch was that they provided the hole cut out drill bits. Just like others recommended, I recommend a liberal application of caulk around the bottom drain and the faucet once assembled. However, I do not recommend getting the brass nozzle upgrade kit to replace the plastic nozzle as the brass nozzle is just ever so slightly too large to fit. That was a total waste of money and a severe disappointment. September 6, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Serves the purpose The rain barrel does look exactly as it is pictured. It has more of a barrel look than a flower container. The main issue is the intrusion into the rain spout itself. Directions call for you to cut out a piece of the rain spout and insert a rubber fixture that needs to be removed for winterizing. The rubber fixture would basically be impossible to remove without ruining your rain spout. I opted not to install. August 23, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nice barrel The barrel is as advertised, with great instructions and pretty easy to put together. The only real issue is that the lid, once attached, is really hard to get off. August 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by These rain barrels rock This is our 3rd rain barrel purchase of this brand. Our other 2 are of a little bigger variety (approx 65 gallon?) but this 45 works nice for the location we added this year. Installation is a reasonable task and best of all the product works!! We attach a Python hose with a valve on it to the one by our koi pond to drain in and top off the pond during rain, trying to maximize the benefits of water collection. The barrel will be filled to the top after only small rains; it's amazing how much surface area our roof collects in a short time. You do need a place to store them in the late fall to spring, we store in basement or garage would work, the plastic is sturdy but wouldn't chance it below freezing risk to crack. They get rinsed out, wiped down when we take them down for winter. I snapped pics of this one in black vs. the bigger version in granite. April 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easy install This rain barrel includes all the items needed for a very easy install. And it looks pretty darn good! August 23, 2016
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