Rated 4.0 out of 5Â by 17
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by rivernak Big Blue for Rain Barrel Project
I bought 2 barrels online and picked them up from the store. They arrived as promised and came well-packed in corrugated. The associate also brought them out to my truck. Stored inside the barrel is the cast hose bibb, teflon tape and 2 plastic plugs. The plugs are provided in case you don't want to install the hose bibb nor an equalizing hose. I installed the hose bibb and an equalizing hose to connect two barrels together. There is a plastic debris screen on top of the barrel. I aligned the barrel with this screen directly under the rain gutter down-spout. The first storm brought about 1 1/2" of rain in our area and filled both barrels within an hour. I have a high-profile house with a steep 7 in 12 pitch asphalt roof.
January 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by SubUrbanGardenerD1 Really worth it. It saves water and money and was incredibly easy to install.
Really worth it. It saves water and money and was incredibly easy to install. I even added an extra spigot and have been so happy with this purchase. I might consider getting another one next year, if this one weather the winter well. A few notes: 1) Home Depot carried this barrel, which I wanted specifically, whereas Lowe's did not. 2) Pick up in store was pretty painless. 3) It was able to fit into the trunk of a four door sedan using bungies. 4) I didn't prop it up, so I have two heavy duty brass spigots for easier emptying. 5) A washing machine hose is a really great coupler for filling buckets manually! Ours had a bubblegum smell (from it's former life perhaps) that we really like.
October 7, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by Jonafish Study Walls
Barrel is of a good thick walled construction , however the bulkhead construction is of the lowest shoddy quality . The bulk heads are single sided and poorly glued in from the outside . By poorly I mean that the glue did not even completely come in contact to the outer flange . The gluing was even worse on the upper bulkhead . The faucet was of a good quality brass but definitely not meant to be used with a cheap plastic bulkhead .All the threading on the faucet did was gouge and tear the soft threads of the low quality bulkhead . This being said , I did try the fittings as directed in the instructions . The result was a very leaky mess . However I was able to correct this by removing the sub-quality bulkheads and replaced them with high-density duel sided ,duel threaded ,screw tight pressure seal bulkheads and appropriate hardened plastic fittings with great success . The top access is minimal to say the least . This I cut open to provide full access to the interior . Since the barrel is of thick walled construction , it is now water tight and very serviceable . If you are not into doing the extra work and spending the extra $100 for quality part upgrades , this barrel is not for you .
October 30, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0Â by Anonymous Chemical Smell Unbearable
Good strong plastic, that's it. Leaks, the spicket lets the water out a drip at a time, & there are blue crystals that come inside the bucket that smell of extreme peppermint. I have rinsed it many times & have it sitting in the sun for weeks now. Smell will never go away. Food grade? I don't think so. Maybe in a few months it will be usable. The description of this item doesn't mention this awful chemical.
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by bluehuck So far, so good! Works as advertised.
This is our first rain barrel. Works great. No leaks around the plug or spigot. Appreciate that it has a screen. Keeps fir needles out. Filled up really fast. Now I see why you would need several all hooked together. I am using it to wash mud from hands and vegetables so less down the drain.
May 21, 2014