Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 124
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by friedcc Does what it is supposed to do.
I hooked this up so that it captures the water from both the air conditioner condensation and the the roof gutter downspout. The quality and size seem adequate so far. The real test will be during a dry summer. But I am hopeful that with the A/C drain and our substantial humidity here in Houston, TX there will be enough water even during a dry summer and little rain. I read that other reviewers had trouble inserting the drain spigot, so I wrapped the threads in plumbers Teflon tape and then use extra care putting it in. No problems with that.
October 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MacGuy Good looking and a good buy
The only problem I had was installing the spigot. After installing it I sealed around it with silicon cement..I was wondering what it takes to connect a hose to the side overflows. Do I cut off the overflow plugs to accommodate the hose? What size is the hole, half inch or quarter? I plan on just for now using the side overflow with the hose to water our plants lying close by..
July 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Dallas Gets the job done, nice shape
I ordered two of these and found that the screen on top fit perfectly for one, but the inset rectangle on the other barrel is considerably bigger which creates a very loose fit. So there seems to be some inconsistency in quality control. When installing the brass spigot, you have to take great care to get it in straight, but it's manageable with a little patience (I used plumber's tape, which I would recommend to reduce the chances of a leak). Also, I connected these to a down spout diverter but I didn't use the pre-molded intake spots (which you have to drill a hole into to open) because they really wouldn't have fit with the diverter hose very well. Luckily the diverter kit came with a piece designed to function as the intake valve (I had to drill a hole in the side of the barrel to install it). Also, if you want to use the spigot to fill a watering can, you have to have this barrel up off the ground. There is a rain barrel stand that is made to go with this barrel and it works well. Finally, the biggest pro of the product is the shape. This fits very snug against an exterior wall.
August 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LadyinOregon Awesome product
This rain barrel came with everything I needed for a great price. I hooked my rain barrel up to my shed. Living in Oregon, it filled in 2 days off of 20 square feet of roof space. It is so easy to set up. I stacked 12 by 12 bricks under my barrel. I do recommend plumbers putty at the spigot. This one has a brass spigot, plastic ones don't last. After testing this one, I purchased another one and linked them together. Again, very easy for a 45 year old female. I hooked up a garden hose to mine. I love conserving water. It is a great investment. This is a must purchase. I believe we can all start conserving more water in this country!
June 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nitsa Rain barrel rallies to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
I recently purchased a brown, 50 gallon rain barrel through the Home Depot website. I decided to have the product delivered to my local Home Depot so that an associate could help me to install the barrel's spigot. Some of the reviews of the spigot installation made me weary of the process. So, I thought, "What better a place than Home Depot to help me with this potential problem?" The right associate and the right tool put my worries to rest.
I quickly installed my rain barrel near a downspout, and after a typical Florida thunderstorm, I had 50 gallons of precious water. I have drained my barrel several times watering nearby plants, but never to worry: it will fill up again. Currently, I am scouting out locations around my home for the next two rain barrels I plan to purchase from the Home Depot.
Personal Opinion, Features, and Performance:
I love that my rain barrel collects an entire 50 gallons of water, and its brass spigot allows for easy water access. The clever screened opening keeps out unwanted debris and prevents mosquito outbreaks! Its performance satisfies my wants and needs. I love its exterior design which provides the look of a vintage wine barrel. It fits in perfectly with my English-style garden! I love it!
August 24, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by RobM Spigot does not fit the barrel properly.
The barrel is a great shape, with the flat back, and would have been a reasonable product had the spigot fitted. The plastic threads on the barrel are very badly made and do not line up with the spigot. You can see other reports on this. I ended up having to use a wrench to get the thing in, probably stripping the thread in the process. It doesn't leak, but there's no way it will be able to be removed now. If this hadn't had worked, I would have just returned the whole thing to a local store for a refund.
January 8, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ronk we like the flat back so it sits closer to the house
it was light weight and easy to set up. It filled up the first little rain that we had. It was amazing how much water came off this portion of our roof. We did need to redirect a down spout to reach the rain barrel because of the location of our sprinkler system valves. Now we are looking at where we can put another one. The price of water here is going up and we have a lot of fruit trees that need deep watering.
November 13, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mmman Good value deficeits based on low price
I now have 4 of these.
Screwing the spigot into the barrel IS an issue. There are NO REAL THREADS in the plastic barrel. This means that you MUST push the brass spigot down into the hole AS you turn it with a wrench. It will not be pulled in automatically and it will 'cross thread' very easily. The brass is actually cutting its way into the plastic. BE CAREFUL - work slowly, keep the spigot straight and it will work.
If you are buying this barrel GET THE STAND also!! Without the stand you will not be able to screw a hose onto the spigot and when the barrel is full it is too heavy to move and then all you will be able to do is flood the area where the barrel is sitting.
October 26, 2012