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My Rain barrel sits above my garden so gravity is not an issue when I water my bucket garden. However, this individual makes a good point in trying to raise the barrel above the ground several inches to help the water flow.
I think his approach may be overkill, as cinder blocks but it is up to the preference of the homeowner on how they want to dress up the area around their rain bucket.
How to Make a Rain Barrel Stand
By Vernon Goodner
Rain barrels need to be properly installed because for function and safety reasons. It is recommended that you elevate your water barrel at least twelve inches so rain can easily be dispensed from the spigot. The height is also necessary for gravity to help the water flow more easily. A sturdy water barrel stand is critical for the safety of your family members and pets. There have been reports of water barrel tipping over because of heavy rains. Water barrel kits do not include stands so it is up to you to build a sturdy and level base so your rain barrel is properly elevated.
4 Concrete Cinder Blocks – to support a barrel from beneath
12 Retaining Wall Blocks – to surround the concrete base and form an outer support
1 Bag of Mortar Mix – to place between blocks for extra support and to prevent shifting
Shovel – to mix and dispense the mortar
Wheel Barrow – to carry and hold the mortar
Spade – to apply the mortar mix
Level – to check if the base is level before applying mortar
Begin by leveling the area adjacent to your home and near the down spout where you plan to set up your rain barrel. This is by far the most important step. A bad base for your water barrel could cause it to tilt or tip over.
Place two concrete cinder blocks with the holes facing up because they will later be filled with mortar for extra support. These blocks form the first layer of support for your barrel so they will definitely need to be level. Use a level and adjust these blocks accordingly. Place another layer of cinder blocks on top but in the opposite direction as the first two. This base design is recommended for a 55 gallon barrel or smaller. If your barrel is larger you will need to add additional blocks and make sure it covers the entire bottom of your barrel so the weight will evenly be distributed over the concrete blocks.
Place a row of six retaining wall blocks in a half circle around the concrete blocks. This layer is going to become the outer support for your barrel. Use a level and adjust them accordingly as well.
Mix the mortar to the specification on the packaging. You can use a bucket but a wheel barrel makes it so much easier. Using a spade, apply a thin layer of mortar to the top of the retaining wall blocks. Once this is complete add the six remaining retaining wall blocks on top. Now use the remaining mortar to fill the holes in and around the inner base of the concrete blocks. You can use a shovel for this or simply tilt your wheel barrel over the top of the concrete blocks. Once the area inside and around the concrete blocks is completely filled and leveled allow the mortar dry thoroughly before you place your rain barrel on top.
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