This rain bucket project took about 30 minutes to complete and cost me about $10.00 for the Trash can:

Tools Used:

Drill with 1″ Spade Bit

1 Sawsall

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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

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Location: I chose this location underneath a main downspout:

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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

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I then used some standard pipe joint compound and put it on the threads and screwed the adapter from the inside.

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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.

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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.

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I ran the hose down the hill for about 50 feet and tested the pressure…

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Not Bad for my first attempt!


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