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Introduction

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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Step 1

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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.

Step 2

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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.

Step 3

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Cut the Downspout

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

Step 4

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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.

Step 5

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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.

Step 6

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Fit Coupling in Hole

Be sure to use any washers supplied to create a watertight fit.

Step 7

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Measure and Cut Linking Pipe

With the pipe in position, measure it to the correct size, then remove it again to cut. Here the pipe is rigid, but some may be flexible.

Step 8

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Fit Linking Pipe in Place

First push the pipe into the socket section of the diverter, and then into the water-butt coupling.

Step 9

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Test the Unit

When the fitting is completed, wait until it rains to test that everything is working correctly. Remember that the diverter unit should be disassembled from time to time to remove any debris from the filter. It is always best to try to prevent debris getting into the pipe in the first place by using leaf guard on your gutters.