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Customer Reviews for RESCUE 50 Gal. Solid Brown Flat Back Whiskey Rain Barrel with Integrated Planter and Diverter System

Internet #203841981

Model #2242-1

  • Downspout diverter prevents under or over filling rain barrel
  • Process allows plants to thrive with pure, soft rainwater
  • Saves you money by reducing need for municipal well water

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    out of 310 reviews
  • 85% recommend this product
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Love this product! Most of the work I put in for this project was making the level ground to inst...
Love this product! Most of the work I put in for this project was making the level ground to install this on. It rained .4 inch yesterday and the barrel is full!! Already used 6 gallons of it for my veggie patch :-) Plan to plant some flowers on it.
by JH
seems OK. A huge problem is once it filled up the barrel bulged. it can't hold it's own weight ...
seems OK. A huge problem is once it filled up the barrel bulged. it can't hold it's own weight in water.
by Tim
1 person found this helpful
Looks very nice, but I have a few issues. As others noted, the flat back bulges when it fills up....
Looks very nice, but I have a few issues. As others noted, the flat back bulges when it fills up. Not a bg deal, except it might be an issue if placing it against a wall. When my barrel is full the hose port at the bottom appears to have a slow leak....it looks like it is where the port mates to the barrel, rather than where the hose screws to the port. Finally, the diverted has a limited capacity. The first two rains after installing the barrel were downpours, and the diverted was overflowing. This cause some flooding on the ground behind my barrel. It would be nice to have a higher volume diverted that can handle the full capacity of my 2”x3” downspout
by Steve
6 people found this helpful
Good barrel but not without flaws
My wife picked the barrel; and I had to install it. Overall we love the look of the barrel , so much that we got two of them. My wife picked it over others because it would go better with our house; which has cedar siding. The barrel is not without three flaws, which may or may not be deal breakers. First off, the diverter kit wouldn’t work with our gutters because it requires you to remove your gutter from the downspout bracket. Because our gutters are riveted to its brackets, this is pretty much impossible without a lot of work. So tossed the converter kit and got a converter kit from EarthMinded LLC. This kit is much simpler to install; just one cut with a hole saw (which is included) and your done. As compared to two cuts and removing and re-installing your gutter. Second flaw it the hardware. This is the only barrel that didn’t come with a spigot; it just came with a hose and shutoff valve. I added a spigot so I can easily use a watering can. Third flaw, and maybe the worst flaw, is that when the barrel is filled with water the back of the barrel bulges. My water barrels are not much more then half full and they both have bulges. Will see how big the bulges get when completely filled. It’s an ok barrel; but it probably works best if it sits right against your house so the back of the barrel won’t bulge. For cedar siding this isn’t an option since I want the siding to breath. If I had brick, this wouldn’t be a problem. The stiff plastic hose of the supplied converter kit works best if the barrel is right next to the rain gutter. Because my barrel sits a bit off of the house, my converter hose has to be shaped more like an ‘S’; which is harder to do with stiff plastic. As a general note, it’s always best to elevate your barrel. This improves the water flow out of the barrel. So, unless can’t do without the looks of this barrel, you might be better off with a barrel from EarthMinded; simply because of the converter kit.
by MarkM
Works fine for now but it immediately formed a large bulge on the back side when it filled for th...
Works fine for now but it immediately formed a large bulge on the back side when it filled for the first time. Not sure how long it will hold the water as that adds stress to the barrel.
by GardenFan
9 people found this helpful
So far the barrel doesn't leak water at the bottom faucet. My only comment will be that the top w...
So far the barrel doesn't leak water at the bottom faucet. My only comment will be that the top when it rains it keeps water and the hole on the back is too small for the water to be released. But other than that I can recommend the barrel for the purpose it was designed to.
by Elhandiman
Love it! Looking forward to my garden being plentiful...
Love it! Looking forward to my garden being plentiful this year. The plants love rain water so much better than city water. Thank you!
by Heidi
Installed two, one on ground level atop flat pavers, one on a raised platform of large brick pave...
Installed two, one on ground level atop flat pavers, one on a raised platform of large brick pavers. Both work flawlessly, add an element of height to my garden as well. They were very easy to install, and have already begun saving me money on my water bill. I would NOT recommend you get the Platforms that are suggested to be purchased with the unit, as the Platforms are pre-fabricated and do not fit the barrel correctly, and there is not way to make them fit and keep it level.
by BarrelGirl
8 people found this helpful
Barrel was easy to install, looks great and has already begun saving me money. I also ordered the...
Barrel was easy to install, looks great and has already begun saving me money. I also ordered the recommended Barrel Platform, which did not fit the Barrel at all, and was thereby completely unusable. Promptly returned the stand to the store.
by BarrelGirl
3 people found this helpful
I bought two of these rain barrels to catch runoff from my newly constructed garage roof. My nei...
I bought two of these rain barrels to catch runoff from my newly constructed garage roof. My neighbor complained that the new garage was diverting too much water into his yard whenever we had heavy rainfall, so the motivation for this purchase was to reduce the amount of water coming out of the downspout and diverting as much as possible into the barrels. I installed both barrels on the back side of my garage about a month ago and we've since had several good rains. They seem to be performing as expected and I'm happy with my purchase. When they fill up, I wait a day or two and let the water out slowly. The installation went well, except that the universal diverters don't work if your downspouts are snugly attached to their walls. I had to uninstall both downspouts and then reinstall them with about a 1-1/2" space behind to get these diverters to fit. The only other complaint that I have is that there is no way to know how full the barrels are, other than giving them a nudge and judging by their weight. I wish there was a peek hole or some kind of dipstick or something. I want to make sure that there is a good amount of water in them to weigh them down (fearing a good hard wind might knock them over), but not so much that they overfill. I can probably rig something up. All in all, four stars for the barrel. I'm happy with my purchase.
by Tom616
1 person found this helpful
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