Rain Barrel Cover

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Project by DustBeard posted 06-11-2015 05:43 PM 3191 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small 5 gallon barrel that I fashioned into a rain barrel. It really looked like junk, especially since the only way into our back yard is to walk right past it. I was given some hardwood scraps from a friend that makes flooring. What better way to use up a bunch of narrow strips of wood?....A barrel cover! After some trial and error I figured out that a 3.10 degree bevel on both sides of every vertical piece would give me a tight circle, big enough to fit over the barrel. I used TiteBond 3 glue for its water resistant quality. It’s finished with several coats of spray lacquer. The transition from the downspout to the jug is a piece of old motorcycle inner tube. It has been outside for a couple weeks now and it seems to be holding up just fine. Now it’s the first thing people comment on when we have friends over for backyard BBQ’s and whatnot. The common comment is “It’s to nice for outside” I’m very pleased with how well it turned out. Thanks for your interest.

aka DustBeard

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#1 posted 06-11-2015 07:36 PM

I can see why people like it so much. You did a great job. I would suggest a better finish for outside to hold up against the elements. This has to be the nicest, coolest rain barrel around.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 06-11-2015 08:17 PM

Nice job. +1 on needing a better finish.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 06-11-2015 08:51 PM

Thanks for the nice words. Honestly I wasn’t sure what to use for outdoor application. The can said for outdoor furniture so I went with it. I’m all ears if you have a recommendation of a better finish for outside. I live in Ontario Canada but the barrel will not be out in the winter. The system would freeze up and stop working.

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#4 posted 06-11-2015 10:54 PM

Great job. I use spar varnish on anything that goes outside – I figure if it works on boats then it will work in the Ohio climate – it adds an amber tint to but hold up well. I have had a 55 gallon rain barrel for three years and I love it, save a bundle on water bills for the yard, garden, and birdbath – and the plants do better with the untreated water. I empty it out in Fall and take it inside for the winter to prevent freezing and cracking (but I keep jugs of rainwater inside for the houseplants). Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 06-11-2015 11:55 PM

Very nice looking rain barrel—no wonder people comment on it!

One other thing to consider, is an overflow system. If I read your description right, your barrel is only 5 gallons, so with any amount of rainfall, it’s gonna overflow! Normally, rain barrels have an overflow spout that, when the barrel gets full, routes the excess water back into the downspout, and away from the foundation.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 06-12-2015 02:50 AM

The barrel and the cover both look great.

-- Joe - - There is no elevator to success. You must take the stairs.

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#7 posted 06-12-2015 12:24 PM

Dean & Leafherder

The water routed into the barrel is only from one side of my single car garage. Plus the drain is open all the time. Truth be known, i’m not much of a green thumb. I simply got tired of stepping over the eavestrough to enter the back door to my garage/shop. Rather then trenching I dreamed up this thing. It’s just easier to call it a rain barrel than a eavestrough eliminator kit.:) It’s certainly not perfect but for now, it’s doing the trick.

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#8 posted 06-12-2015 01:58 PM

Awesome! Now you can make a cover for your BucketMax vacuum :-)

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#9 posted 06-12-2015 07:11 PM

Awesome! Now you can make a cover for your BucketMax vacuum :-)

Chris Maybe I can make a really big one to cover the filter bag on my dust collector. Haha

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#10 posted 06-15-2015 03:20 AM

Looks great!

-- Rick M,

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