60 and 80 Gallon Rain Barrels
Tools: One 8” adjustable Wrench and Phillips Head screwdriver
The 60 and 80 Gallon rain barrels are delivered without the brass spigot and overflow valves installed. However, fittings have already been molded into your barrel for the placement of these pieces.
A small plastic package containing the pieces and four screws is taped to the drum.
The brass faucet has been wrapped with Teflon tape. Do not remove the Teflon tape. The two overflow valves go into the molded fitting on each side of the barrel near the top at the rear. Start the valves by hand being careful not to cross thread. Each fitting should turn easily into the mold until it is finger tight. Using the adjustable wrench, turn the fittings ¼ to ½ turn to tighten them. That’s all there is to it.
Now start the faucet into its opening near the bottom of the drum at the front. Again tighten the piece until it is finger tight. Now use the wrench to seat the faucet. Usually one full turn is enough to seal the faucet so that it does not leak. Do not over tighten. Check the barrel after the first rain for a leak. Then tighten as necessary.
The round plastic screen simply drops across the opening on the top of the lid and is secured in place with the two smaller screws diagonally from each other.
For safety reasons, we recommend the lid of your rain barrel be secured with the large screws included in the packet. On the side of the lid, simply pick a spot about ¾ inch down from the flat area near the edge. Start the screw, making sure you will catch the turned down edge of the barrel under the lid. Seat the screw to its full depth. Do the same on the opposite side of the barrel.
We suggest hoses be connected to the overflow valves to direct excess water away from your home. A garden hose connected to the faucet will permit easy watering of your plants which are level with or downhill from your rain barrel.
If you have any questions about the setup of your barrel, please contact us.
Rain barrel water is not for human consumption