To make a rain barrel like the one shown here, you'll need the following:
- A plastic, food grade 50-gallon barrel. You can usually find these in the classified ads -- I got mine for $15.
- 3/4" C-PVC fittings - basically, you'll need a piece to run down out of the barrel, a 90-degree elbow, a length of straight pipe about 6" long, and t-connector with a spigot on top*
- Clear PVC glue
- 1 3/4" brass hose fitting
*The rain barrel in the photos was constructed using bits of pipe and some couplings I had laying around the house, so there are several additional pieces on my barrel. If you buy new fittings just for this project, yours will look a lot more streamlined.