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How to Install a Rainwater Diverter and a Rain Barrel (page 1 of 2)

Save money on your water bill by installing a rain barrel to harvest precipitation.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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Here's How You Do It:

Although rainwater cannot normally be used for drinking water, it can be collected and used for watering the yard or, at a more sophisticated level, to supply household fittings and appliances such as toilets and washing machines.

The simplest way to harvest rainwater is to install a water barrel. Rain from the gutters runs through a downspout where a diverter channels water into the barrel.

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Position Base

Position the water barrel adjacent to a gutter downspout. Our barrel has a specially designed base that needs to be leveled when in position.

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Position Barrel

Place the barrel on the base and determine where to cut into the downspout. Most rain barrel manufacturers will supply a marking template.

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Cut the Downspout

Use a fine-toothed saw to cut through the downspout, following the guidelines as closely as possible.

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Insert Diverter

Remove the cut section of the pipe and insert the main body of the diverter, using any adaptors that are required.

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Cut Hole in Water Barrel

Use a hole-cutter bit on a standard drill to make a hole in the water barrel. Again, use a template to measure the correct position.

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