- Rain Barrels
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Note: The flexible fill hose included with the DIY Rain Barrel Construction and Installation Kit is no longer 3 feet long. It has been replaced with a 31-inch accordion-style hose which cannot be cut to length, but can be extended to the desired length for installation.
We at Rain Brothers, LLC have been designing, constructing, and installing rainwater harvesting systems -- both residential- and commercial-scale -- in the Ohio Region for nearly a decade, and we have used virtually every rainwater downspout diverter on the market. With the diverters on the market, there are recurring problems, including:
1) Difficult installation
2) Insufficient inlet size into the barrel/tank
3) Insufficient overflow, causing diverter to back up drainage
4) Working only with the smallest downspouts (i.e., 2"x3")
Our new DIY Rain Barrel Construction and Installation Kit addresses these issues and offers a thoughtful, high-quality, affordable solution.
For under $30, you get:
*Three hole saws for drilling/installing valves and downspout diverter (2-1/8", 1-1/2", 1-1/4)
*3/4" gate valve/garden hose spigot for connection to irrigation hose
*3/4" drain nipple with cap for quick draining of barrel, linking barrels, or adding a second valve
*Two threaded rubber grommets for water-tight and easy installation of valve and drain plug
*1-1/2" rubber grommet for water-tight inlet into tank/barrel
*31" of flexible hose to link barrel/tank to downspout diverter
*Rubber "Flexi-Fit" downspout diverter choose either Rectangular (2"x3", 3"x4"downspouts) and Round (3" or 4" round downspouts). Click here for more information on the Round Downspout Diverter.
*One "do not drink water" label for your new rainwater harvesting system
*A winterizing cap for quick and easy winterization of your downspout.
Flexi-Fit Downspout Diverter installs in three easy steps:
1) Drill hole in downspout (hole saw included in kit). For 2"x3" downspouts, drill hole in front of downspout. For 3"x4" downspouts, drill hole in the side of the downspout (3" side). Ensure hole is level with inlet on barrel. Click here for more information on the Round Downspout Diverter.
2) Insert diverter and fasten diverter to downspout with included self-tap screws
3) Attach fill hose to diverter and into barrel, and start collecting rain!
Easy to set-up, used six plastic food barrels to collect over 300 gallons of water. Small two car garage and a little over two inches of rain....resulted in six full 55 gallon barrels! Use extra parts to connect barrels and still have three more barrels to set-up off house down spout. Don't know how long my rain water will last in Southern California....but every little bit helps. Bobby on 5th Dec 2014
Great product, easy to install. My only problem
was location of barrel. Down spout is located in walkway and barrel had to be around the corner in the yard. I found a 90 deg. pvc plumbing fitting that fit perfect and it kept the hose from sweeping into the walkway .Could a 90 deg. fitting be included in your diverter kit ? Thanks Ron L. Ron L. on 15th Aug 2014
This is a must buy for anyone looking to construct a rain barrel. The product works perfectly and I will be buying this kit again for the other side of the house.
Jim ostrenga on 15th Aug 2014
Time to put the rain water to use, OH THE GARDENS WE WILL HAVE KNOW.
MY husband did all the work in no time flat and he didn't even complain,
Thank you Rainbrothers .com Frank and Ranee Fick on 11th Aug 2014
Easy to use, I've been looking for a diverter for quite sometime, ran across this ad on YouTube, would highly recommend, works like a charm! Rey Granado on 23rd Jul 2014
We really love the diversion kit for our rain barrel that we purchased. It allows us to remain green while keeping our gutters intact and nice looking. It was worked really well for us. The only thing that I would request is sell the kit without the hole saws. Once you get one kit, you no longer need the hole saws. Saves money and keeps the earth greener! Unknown on 21st Jul 2014
This has to be one of the easiest projects I've taken on my some time.
The FlexFit diverter kit contained everything needed to setup our rain barrels. The instructions were easy to follow, and the parts were of better quality than I expected.
The finished setup looks very neat and we experienced a couple of days of scattered showers just after installation. My barrels are full and working as advertised.
Bob H on 14th Jul 2014
I am not a mechanically inclined individual. I was a bit concerned ordering the rain barrel kit, but that concern disappeared quickly once I started working on the project.
The best thing about this product is that the instructions are idiot proof. You must be hard pressed to screw it up.
I was so happy with my rain barrel kit, that I bought a second one, and then four more for other friends.
My only small gripe was that there USED to be a second kit that you could buy which didn't have the circular saws (if you buy two kits, you only need one set of tools). That product disappeared somewhere along the way. With that said, I emailed RainBrothers who responded quickly and modified the existing kits, discounting them after the tools were taken out. They really should make that a separate product or make a note on the website. But this is a very small criticism. William S. on 8th Jul 2014
Well thought out, well designed, easy to install. And it's handy to have the hole saws provided, too. David Kirstein on 1st Jul 2014
Simple installation. We already had a rain barrel with spigots, so all I had to do was saw the hole in the barrel and the gutter and rock and roll.
Waited 4 days for some rain to see if it worked. LOL.
If a person has some half decent mechanical skills it will take 10 minutes to do the job. It took me 5. Paschal & Genene Dobbins on 29th Jun 2014