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English Rain Barrel
Assembly Instructions

* The English Rain Barrel holds up to 40 gallons of water and comes equipped with a 6-foot garden hose with an on/off ball valve to make drawing water easy.

* A hose clip on the back of the barrel keeps the hose easily accessible and neatly off the ground.

* The rain barrel lid has a built-in screen to keep out insects, leaves, sticks and other debris and can be removed to dip water directly out of the barrel. To secure the lid, simply turn it in the direction indicated by the arrow and lock it into place.

* We’ve designed the English Rain Barrel with special plugs that enable you to expand your water storage capacity with minimal effort. By simply removing the side plug and using a linking kit, you can connect a second rain barrel or as many barrels as you need.


The following components are included:
• Rain barrel
• Lid
• 6' garden hose with couplings
• Hose clip with bolt, spacer, washer and nut
• Ball valve

Prepare a level area
1. Make sure the ground or area where you will be installing the water barrel is level, solid and has good drainage. We recommend using a levelled base of rot-resistant or treated wood or patio stone to prevent the barrel from shifting or tipping.

Attach the hose
2. Attach the yellow ball valve to the exposed threads on the end of the 6' garden hose. Attach the other end of the hose to the coupling on the lower front of the barrel.

Attach the hose clip
3. The hole for attaching the Hose Clip is located on the back of the barrel near the top. From outside the barrel, attach the Hose Clip and Spacer as shown.

Place a washer and nut on the bolt inside the barrel and tighten.

To attach the hose to the clip, direct the hose around the side of the barrel and push the hose onto the clip.

Secure the lid
4. Secure the rain barrel lid to the top of the barrel by rotating it in the direction of the “lock” arrow. To remove the lid, rotate it in the direction of the “unlock” arrow.

Collecting Water from a Downspout

The rain barrel lid is angled inward to direct rainwater to the center of the barrel. You can collect water draining from your downspout by placing the barrel directly underneath it. But first you may need to shorten the downspout.

Begin by measuring how much you will need to cut from the downspout to be able to fit the rain barrel underneath. Be sure to include an extra 2 to 3 inches to allow room for you to remove the lid.

If the end of your downspout is angled, cut out a section of the downspout above the angled end, then reattach the angled end to the main body of the downspout. The angled end of the downspout will direct water into the barrel much more effectively than a downspout that is cut straight off.

Calculating Rainfall

The English Rain Barrel has a 40-gallon capacity. This may seem like a lot of water, but when you consider that a 1,000 square foot roof sheds 625 gallons in a 1" rainfall, you can imagine how quickly the barrel can fill up. By doing some basic math, you can determine how much rain water your roof generates.

The constant to remember is: 1" of rain will provide 625 gallons of water from a 1,000-square-foot roof, or 625 gallons divided by 1,000 square feet.

So if your roof is 50 square feet, here’s how to estimate the volume to expect from a 1" rainfall:
Multiply 625 gallons by 50 square feet, then divide by 1000:
(625 x 50)/1000 = 31.25
You can expect 31.25 gallons of rainwater from a 1" rainfall on your 50-square-foot roof.

If you find the water barrel is filling too fast, there are a couple of things you can do:
* Instead of a house roof, collect water from a smaller surface area such as the roof of an outbuilding, garage, or shed.
* Attach a second rain barrel to capture overflow by using a Linking Kit.

Drawing Water

The outlet hose is useful for filling watering cans or buckets. It can also be used to drain the barrel

Winter Storage

If you live in a cold climate, drain the barrel and spigot completely and place the barrel upside down in a secure location to avoid freezing and cracking during the winter.

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