With all the talk about saving the Earth I thought that this would be of interest to some. A couple of years ago I decided to purchase a couple of 55 gallon plastic barrels and make a rain barrel system. The city water PH is too high for my plants and instead of adding chemicals to bring it down, I decided to catch God’s water and use it. Now, I know the barrels aren’t woodworking, but I built the rack under it out of 4 X 4 treated lumber and used treated 2 X 4’s for cross bracing. The cross bracing runs across the front and back and between the four legs. The original design was made to hold four barrels, but I had touble with the removable tops bulging unde the pressure of the water. Once I completed the shop I moved it to the corner and stood the barrels up and placed sink top on one end. The piping that is in the center of the barrels was the original connection for the water to enter the barrels when they were lying on their sides. Once full the water would exit from the piping on the top. My biggest challenge in placing the barrels standing was setting up the piping so I could get the water in and out of the barrels. I tied the two barrels (center) with 3” PVC for removing large quantities of water at one time and dropped a 1/2” tubing into the first barrel to drain the barrel almost completely empty. If you have the space and means and grow flowers, especially in pots this is the way to go.
-- Jesus is Lord!