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EarthMinded RainStation 45 Gal. Terracotta Rain Barrel with Diverter
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RainStation 45 Gal. Terracotta Rain Barrel with Diverter

  • FlexiFit diverter helps prevent overflow and flooding
  • Can be set up at any downspout
  • Catches and stores rainwater for watering and washing chores
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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-gallon barrel with snap-on lid
  • Convenient size for decks, patios and balconies
  • Made from durable food grade 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 three colors: terracotta, granite and charcoal (85% recycled)
  • Illustrated step-by-step instructions

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The Picture shows flowers growing in it, but the instruction don't show a planter. So does it include a planter or not???

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The lid/top can be inverted for use as a planter. A screen is provided to aid in preventing dirt washing into the barrel.
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July 20, 2015
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Yes, this listing includes a reversible planter top lid.
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July 17, 2015
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The lid turns upside down to make a planter.
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July 17, 2015
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You plant the flowers in the lid by turning the lid upside down and filling it with a liner and soil. You can also put a series of small pots in there too and cover them with mulch. You must be careful not to over-water though as you can't put a drain hole in the lid or if you do, you need to cover it with a mesh and pea-gravel to prevent dirt from filtering into the rain barrel.
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You flip the lid upside down and plant the flowers in that.
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LOOKS TO ME LIKE THE LID FLIPS TO HOLD THE PLANT.
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The lid flips upside down and then it can be used as a planter
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You just need to flip the top upside down to use it as a planter.
This will however defeat the safety locking of the top as shown in the directions.
The weight of soil and plants should keep the top from blowing off but will not child proof it .
The top is meant to lock down and be secured by a screw, see installation instructions link on this page.
I don't see a young child being able to easily lift off
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You just need to flip the top upside down to use it as a planter.
This will however defeat the safety locking of the top as shown in the directions.
The weight of soil and plants should keep the top from blowing off but will not child proof it .
The top is meant to lock down and be secured by a screw, see installation instructions link on this page.
I don't see a young child being able to easily lift off the top with soil and plants but keep it in mind.
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July 17, 2015
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Even without seeing it, a planter would not work. The rain water must flow from the top into the barrel. If there was a planter on top, the water would be mud. It looks pretty, but impractical. Many rain barrels are painted. I like mine plain. I can plant around it.
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Read the description;
"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."
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July 17, 2015
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No it does not include a planter. That is very misleading.
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Can the lid be easily taken on and off?

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I want to use the barrel for grey water, rather than a closed rain water system.
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YES
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Down load the installation instructions. The lid has a twist and lock feature and is recommended to be locked with a screw for child safety ,blowing off and tampering etc. You could choose not to go this route and/or filp the lid upside down for easy access
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Mount Airy, NC
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The lid is like a garbage can lid. It can be taken off by pulling it once you do it a while it is not a problem
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Prairie du Sac, WI
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There are 2 places you can grip and easily remove the lid. Lid goes back on easily and snug.
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Indiana
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June 3, 2015
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Yes. There are screws to permanently attach the lid to the barrel but I have not installed those. I use the lid for flowers and can lift it even with flowers planted. I have never had problems with the lid coming off without the screws.
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Yes, this is an open top container mostly used in conjunction with rainwater from a rooftop coming down a downspout. But it can hold grey water as well if you are able to come up with a way to route it to the container.
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Grand Rapids Michigan area
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Yes - it fits snug but not hard to get back on.
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When temperature drops below freezing how does it effect a rain barrel? Does it need to be empty?

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When that season comes, it makes sense to empty it and store it in the garage.
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They should be disconnected & emptied in the winter.
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Empty the barrel and store in the garage for the winter
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I would recommend emptying if installed in a below freezing climate. Nice feature is the top can be removed allowing for cleaning (shingle grit will come off the roof into barrel) and storage.
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Yes and the diverter needs to be pulled from the down spout and the cap installed on the down spout. Also the tank needs to be drained all before freezing.
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July 20, 2015
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It is recommended that in the colder climates that rain barrel be uninstalled for the winter to prevent ice damming in your downspout. The kit comes along with a winterizing cover for the downspout once the diverter is removed. It is also recommended that the water be drained from the rain barrel over the winter. The barrel is suitable for storage outside during the winter, just make sure that you have Read More
It is recommended that in the colder climates that rain barrel be uninstalled for the winter to prevent ice damming in your downspout. The kit comes along with a winterizing cover for the downspout once the diverter is removed. It is also recommended that the water be drained from the rain barrel over the winter. The barrel is suitable for storage outside during the winter, just make sure that you have it weighted down once empty, to prevent it from blowing away. Read Less
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How do the rain barrels work when the they are full? Explain how water goes back to the downspouts.

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There is a by pass in the redirect piece that goes into the downspout. This causes the water to proceed to the ground when the rain barrel is full.
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May 23, 2016
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The flexifit diverter has an overflow tube in the center, when the barrel is full, water backs up to the level of the top of this tube and will pass through the downspout automatically. The diverter must be installed according to the instructions for this to work, as it leverages waters self leveling properties. Regards the EarthMinded Team
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Thank you for the question - As stated in the information on the product at Home Depot .com
The patented FlexiFit diverter helps prevent overflows and flooding that plague conventional top-fill rain barrels and can damage a homes foundation. The diverter that is installed in the downspout, that has a hose that leads to the rain barrel. When the barrel is full it goes down the down spout.
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May 22, 2016
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The RainStation™ uses a gravity fed FlexiFit™ Di-verter to pass water through the downspout when the barrel is full of rainwater. The diverter is inserted into a hole that is cut into the downspout.
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RainStation 45 Gal. Terracotta Rain Barrel with Diverter is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 162.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful water barrel! I was looking for a replacement for a garbage can to hold rainwater and this is a really nice looking barrel with a solid lid. It was raining on the day we set this up and it went together really well. I inadvertently had the spigot in the open position so it only filled to that point. I did not plant flowers in the lid as I want to be able to fill my watering cans from the top if I need to.
Date published: 2016-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very glad I purchased Very glad I purchased this as it's my first attempt at using rainwater in my back garden. I was so tired of filling gallon jugs from the sink and pulling a 100-ft. hose to the back. I did buy the mosquito prevention tablets after the first several days as I could see tiny little bugs flying around when I lifted off the top for my first inspections. We did put the water barrel on a raised hard plastic platform so it wouldn't sink into the ground. This helps to raise the faucet and the hose connection a bit also. No problems with overflow. Guess I'll see how it holds up during the first winter but as I got it on sale and with free (fast) shipping, I'm really happy with it.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good barrel, didn't use the diverter I live on the top floor of an apartment building, and didn't want to drill into anything to install the diverter. However, the included pieces and instructions appeared of very good quality, and I kept them for future uses. The barrel itself seems well-made, the including faucet attachment fits snugly. If you're keeping it on the ground level and using the bottom spout hole for the faucet, I'd recommend turning the faucet 90deg so the hose doesn't kink, but I'd definitely recommend raising the entire thing to get better water pressure if watering over long distances.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complete rainbarrel system This package has all the parts and tools (except a screwdriver) you need to make it work, and the first rainfall filled it with no leaks. The directions were easy to follow and complete. I had to cut a hole in my wood fence, but by measuring carefully and checking with a level, I made it work. The downspout diverter is an outstanding design because you don't have to cut with a hacksaw, and it removes for the winter, the hole covered with a supplied part. There are a few things to use extra care on. After drilling thru the barrel as directed, take time to remove the burr left by the drill and smooth the edges a little. Perhaps this is why some of the commenters had trouble with leaks. Make everything perfectly level and recheck as you go along. Be aware that the tube connecting the downspout to the barrel is not that long, so the barrel needs to be fairly close. And the bonus is the large planter lid, what a way to brighten up the whole project!
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bad spigot It was easy to install and is full of water but the spigot stopped working after the first 2 weeks. It does look flimsy. The planter top is a nice feature but does not quite fit - too big. I will be contacting the company for replacement parts.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to Install and use My son was working on his Boy Scout Eagle Project, providing a new community vegetable garden and shed. He had some money left over, and his clients had a wish list item of rain barrels to collect roof water to use to water the new garden. He used the extra money to purchase 2 rain barrels. It was easy to follow the directions and install them, thanks to the provision of the required drills for cutting the drain pipe. They filled quickly and easily after the first rainfall. The client intends to purchase more units, and install drip lines on timers to maximize the use of the rain barrels.
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very useful. Looks nice. Great deal! Been keeping an eye on this product SKU for a while now. Used to save rainwater on buckets for fish tank and gardening purposes. Pretty much hard work trying to save all that water on buckets during rains, not to mention the number of buckets lined up in my backyard. Alas! This product went on Home Depot's Special Buy of the Day for about $77.00! Wasted no time purchasing one online and had it delivered to my nearest branch. Item came in about 8 days later though. Rain barrel was easy to install. All hardware are included in the package. Tools needed are power drill, level, screw driver, and safety eye glasses. When properly installed, barrel will not overflow. Will definitely get another one next time around.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just hooked up Overall, it's fairly easy to install and looks nice with the flowers we put on top. We put ours in this weekend, so we will see how it holds up.
Date published: 2016-08-23
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