This rain bucket project took about 30 minutes to complete and cost me about $10.00 for the Trash can:
Drill with 1″ Spade Bit
I purchased a basic vinyl trash can with a lid for about $10.00
I also purchased a 1″ PVC male adapter for about .32
You can find these at your local home improvement store
This will be the exit point for my hose
Location: I chose this location underneath a main downspout:
I removed the bottom part of the spout just high enough that it would drain into the Rain Bucket.
I then drilled a 1″ hole at the bottom of the Rain Barrel
I then used some standard pipe joint compound and put it on the threads and screwed the adapter from the inside.
Now that I have the exit for the hose, I am ready to cut the access for the downspout
Once I lined up the Downspout to the Rain Bucket, I marked the area and cut the hole using the Sawsall.
After some finagling, it was nice and tight.
I caulked around the opening to keep any mosquitoes or other critters from entering.
I cut another downspout opening from the top for an overflow. I caulked this opening as well.
I filled the Rain bucket with Water to test it all out.
I ran the hose down the hill for about 50 feet and tested the pressure…
Not Bad for my first attempt!