Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 459
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by scubadad almost a great product
Good design, but i purchased a 3/4" 14npt pipe tap to retap one barrel for tje spigot. I also used the same tap for the overflow where i screwed in a close nipple on which i attached a 1" ID hose to lead the overflow away from the barrel location. As you can see i also added a ball valve to the hose leading to the barrel where i just allow the flow to spill through the barrel screen. After the rain has stopped and the barrels are full, i turn the ball valve to the off position so all the next rain runs down the original down spout. I noticed that the diverter spilled alot of water during heavy rains which to me meant that the internal opening to divert the water down the spout was to small so it just spilled out of the space where the two halves met. I fixed this by adding 1" tape around the top of the bottom half of the diverter thus raising the height of the internal wall which in essence added another inch in height of opening to the internal opening for water to run down the spout. This fixed the water leaking problem. So with these modifications the two barrels work perfectly. See attached photo.
July 30, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Scott Works as Expected With *Minor* Inconvenience
As others have said before, it is difficult to thread the spigot into the drilled and tapped hole. I've attached a close-up shot of the hole as received. It looks like their drilling is probably done too fast and created a lot of chatter and poor threads. This made it really difficult to get the spigot to go in straight and even then it leaked. Time and patience worked to get it straight, and a little Teflon tape patched the leak right up. It's sitting in my backyard right now with a full tank of water and not a drop is dripping.
The back does bulge out a couple inches, but this really doesn't seem like that big of a deal.
I used an Oatey rain diverter from Home Depot for $20 and after one moderate rainfall the barrel was full. The open top makes it easy to inspect and clean as well as modify. I drilled two additional ports in the side, one at the bottom and one at the top, and connected with clear tube. Sealed up with waterproof sealant. Makes for a nice fluid level gauge so I don't have to climb up and look in the top all the time. I mounted my barrel on a 2' tall stand I built out of 2x4s and it has plenty of flow to hit my flower beds.
Very satisfied so far and will likely purchase another next year. More attention needs paid to the small details, but I have no doubt this thing will earn its keep in water savings.
August 1, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Pippie Wow! Fast Delivery, just what I needed this drought year in NH!
I ordered this on 9/27/16, expected delivery date of 10/4/2016. I arrived to NH from OH 9/30/16 just in time for the first good rainfall we have had since May. I filled up 50% of the barrel. We have had both dug & drilled wells going dry here, I have been conserving about a 2' depth, this was welcome. I mounted it on cement blocks for drainage, didn't get the base. Did you flag people who need these? :) UPS delivered it.
My 4 stars was due to the barrel, which the opening is only about 3" x 12". I am thinking of using my Dremel tool to make it bigger & make by own screen. It's below where the gutter just pours down, no down spout & a lot of the water splattered on the basement wall. So, it's actually 4.5 stars!
October 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MRN82225 Seems Fine
Good design. The flat back made it easy to fit in. Seems to have strong enough walls. The quality of the product was average. The two halves did not fit well on one of the three barrels I bought. Means that it is harder to fit the (optional) connecting pipe across barrels. It is not easy to get the brass spigot threaded straight, even when following the recommendation of placing the barrel flat on the ground. I had to use a 3/4" tap to improve the cut of the threads.
I am happy with the final installation. Looks good.
April 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Blondy Excellent purchase
Purchased two barrels, placed one on North side of house and one on South side on three cement blocks each on a Friday and got 2-1/2" of rain on Saturday and Sunday. The barrels did their job great.
Because of the amount of rain and the quickness of the fill and run off, I have attached a soaker hose and will turn on spiget to keep the overflow from making a trench under the overflow area.
September 28, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Strand Leaks
Ordered two only to find there were from old stock and the spigot would not fit .. two new sent out , both leaked on trail run .. so returning all four ... look elsewhere fir a rain barrel !
September 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jpgr81 Good barrel
barrel was economical for what else is out there. Easy to set up. Spigot doesn't leak. Recommend this barrel if you're looking for an inexpensive rain barrel.
October 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Baylor80 Excellent product!
Very rugged and works well. Designed for roofs with gutters, which our house does not have. However, I purchased the plastic gutter material from Home Depot and installed them with all the fittings from Home Depot.
April 30, 2016