Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 214
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jamazon It's a rain barrel
As previously noted in the comments, installing the spigot is not fun. It is not a well drilled, nor straight hole, and there are no threads. After several attempts, and skinned knuckles, I finally got it in. The good news is that it does not leak ( I did use plumber's tape). I kind of wish there was a way to take the top off to get at the water from the top. I have not yet attached the "3-foot hose" to the spigot. I'm happy (here in drought ridden CA) to have a rain barrel. It is full. Hoorah! AT $99 it is a bit expensive for a large plastic bin. I think they should install a metal female fitting so that spigot installation is less of a challenge.
July 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pepsilady best way to store water
With this drought, we needed something to store our water in till its needed. This fits the bill. While waiting for the water to warm up in sinks and showers, we catch it in a bucket. Then dump the water in the rain barrel. When its time to water the roses, I fill up another bucket and away I go. Based on the other reviews, we used plumbers tape when screwing in the spigot. No problems and no leaks. The rectangle screen on top keeps the debris & bugs out. The flat back makes it so that its flush against the house. We plan on buying 3 more, if it ever rains again, then hook them up to the downspouts.
July 4, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Nice rain barrel!
I nice design that can easily be joined to other barrels with a short piece of tubing and hose clamps. I painted the bands black to make it look more realistic. They are not cheap so they should come with a stand included to raise them off of the ground. But that is an additional fee. The brass spigot would be better if it was a straight-thru design with a 1/4 turn handle. The water would flow much faster.
May 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Roxie Great purchase, worth the money.
This is a $100 barrel that I eventually only paid $25 dollars for. I applied for the rebates and received $75 per barrel. Luckily it actually rained Sunday 10/4/15 and the rain barrels did the trick. They both filled pretty fast. I live in SoCal so it rarely rains. Worth every penny.
October 6, 2015
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 FuzzFace2 It's a rain barrel how bad can it be?
We needed water for a garden that was 300 feet from the nearest water spout. Being the large garage & a shed where closer to the garden we bought 4 barrels and stands to place them on. Had to have gutters installed on the back of the garage and the shed with down spouts to fill the barrels. After a few weeks it rained and filled them to the top.
As for the spigots leaking after reading other reviews I removed any leftover flashing and used Teflon tape on the spigots. You do have to be careful not to cross thread them as I think 1 was. I did have a little leak from that 1 and 1 other and think if it just tighten them a little more they would stop but the leak was so little I did not touch them. As it is they did stop leaking on their own.
The screens keep out any garbage that may get in the water. I have not seen them "float" when the barrels get over filled as I have seen posted.
Because the garden is still pretty far from the barrels, about 130 feet, we use an 120v electric pump at the barrels and hose to the garden works pretty good and the wife can hook it all up by herself.
July 11, 2015
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