Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 450
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Kevin 50 gal rain barrel
Fair and will work. Not the best.
If need to upgrade will do later.
June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Les rain barrel
easy install....just screw in the tap and it was ready to use.......looks great too
April 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ceci Very good investment
The rain barrels are a good investment and work very well, I recommend purchasing this product and you can also get a rebate from your City for having these rain barrels.
March 15, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by JenM Not what I was hoping for
Barrel was a strong plastic with nice spigot (that you have to attach yourself in the pre drilled hole). But I returned it for a few other reasons. First, the barrel LOOKED like plastic, even from across the yard. Second, The barrel has a fixed top, no way to dip a bucket into the top to scoop water. And The inside of the barrel was covered in little plastic curls/bits that were waste from the holes they pre drilled. Which was only a problem because of the fixed top. There isn't any way to get them out. Can't pour, due to orientation of edges. Can't reach in to grab them, due to size of hole in top (even with a small arm). So back they went to the store. Reordered different rain barrels.
June 9, 2015
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 1.0 out of 5.0 by jackbrown12 The barrel is leaking and flooding the area I was trying to protect. I will be returning it once it is empty
Again. the barrel is leaking and flooding the area I was trying to protect. I will be returning it once it is empty. The back side is bulging out. Not a comforting sign either.
July 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sparkie 50 gallon rain barrels.
We purchased 6 of these 50 gallon rain barrels on line from Home Depot. After I installed them we had a small rain storm and all 6 barrels were filled to over flowing. We liked these rain barrels so much that we bought 3 more. In California we need to rethink everything we are doing with water. the only small down side I found is the brass faucet that is provided with each rain barrel is to be screwed into a plastic threaded hole near the base of the barrel, so I used clear outdoor silicon to help seal the faucet when installed. You must be very careful to screw the brass faucet in straight, when the brass threads on the faucet meet the plastic threads of the rain barrel it is hard make it go in straight. Other then that we are very happy with these rain barrels. Jerry and Judy W., Moreno Valley, Ca.
May 15, 2015