Algreen Products Cascata Rain Barrel 65-Gallon, Terra Cotta
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- Elegant design with authentic pottery like texture
- Made from roto-molded plastic that wont chip, crack or fade and BPA free
- Comes with a high-quality brass spigot, corrosion-proof screen and bottom fitting attachment which allows for access to 100% of water in unit
- Dual water overflows allow for water to sufficiently escape rain barrel when full and allow option for linking multiple rain barrels with Algreen's linking kit
- Crown planter with double-wall for durability
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|Color||Terra Cotta||Wood Grain||Oak||Grey with black (charcoalstone)||Brown with Black (Brownstone)||Terra Cotta|
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Algreen combines the timeless esthetics of pottery with the enduring longevity of modern plastics. The Cascata complements any outdoor space with its elegant and functional design along with integrated planter. All Algreen rain barrels are equipped with two overflows to allow for linking multiple barrels or installing the rain barrel with an Algreen Deluxe Diverter Kit. Collect water for your grass and flower gardens as well as water for washing your car. This rain barrel is compatible with the Algreen Rain Barrel pump kit for pressurized watering to your garden. Made in Canada.
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1) drill drain holes in the planter
2) replace the hose bib on the side with a nice brass bib for a few bucks. Use the half turn type.
3) grab a soaker hose for a few bucks, hook it up to the rain barrels spigot. If you don't have time to use up all the water, pick a day in-between rains and let the water drain into the soaker out onto the lawn. I move it around ever once and a while as I am doing yardwork. I will just flood the lawn on occasion, seems to work just as well.
4) When you go out of town, leave the soaker attached and the valve open. That way the barrel drains, but slower than just dumping it into your yard.
5) Put it up on a couple cinder blocks to make sure it is stable, and give you a little extra pressure.
6) Drain and store dry during the winter. I put it under my back deck and haven't had any problem.
7) If you are impatient (like me) fill with both the spigot and hose at the same time. Fills the wateringcan in no time!
(for those of you debating the cost - I also use it to keep the water away from my basement. Cost effective considering the alternative is running underground drain pipes.)
For being able to hold 65 gallons of water, the structure is actually fairly lightweight. Molded of some type of plastic composition, it has withstood 7 NC seasons and still looks as great today as the day I bought it. Assembly is very straight forward and minimal.
I actually ran a second (square) 50 gallon water catcher in conjunction with this because I didn't realize just how much water comes off the roof with a decent rain. IT'S LOTS!!!! So, the second catcher (different make and model) is actually hidden behind shrubbery and acts as run-off for this one:-)
Also, as per the instructions if you live somewhere that gets harsh winters, you want to be sure to drain it so as not to crack it from water inside freezing and expanding.
I replaced the spicket that came with it since it was cheap and corroded the first year. Other than that it does what it's advertised to and I've been very pleased with the purchase.
The most common knock on the Algreen Cascata barrels is the accessories. I can see why some are quick to dismiss the included hose as cheap. It will probably need replacing after a year or two of full outdoor weather in all the seasons, but it's sufficient from the start. The spigot is fine as well. And as long as you use the included plumber's tape to wrap the fittings before installing them (which I did), I don't see where you'd have problems with leaks. I'll have to see what issues come up with mosquitoes, but I've tried to reduce the possibility by adding a custom cap piece to the opening on the top. I purchased the RainReserve Diverter (Rainreserve Rain Barrel Basic Rain Diverter (Barrel not included)) and installed it instead of just making my downspout curve to the barrel. I did this so I can just disconnect the barrel in the winter rather than having to reset the downspout each season. It may end up being a moot point. But I cut a hole in the custom cap just big enough for the tubing from the diverter. It's not a sealed system by any means, but there are no large openings/gaps.
The diverter I'm using is supposed to backfill to the downspout when the barrel is full, but that will only work with a sealed/enclosed system (like a 55 gal drum). So I'm using the overflow port on the rain barrel. I tied it back into the downspout using tubing for a sump pump from Home Depot. Finding the tubing for the overflow was the most difficult part of getting this all set up. I couldn't find 1.5-inch tubing in landscape water/pond/fountain supplies or in landscape irrigation supplies at Home Depot or Lowe's. But the sump pump tubing works excellent. I have included a couple pictures of my set up to help illustrate these points. For a stand I'm using square landscape stones under the barrel surrounded by four retaining wall stones. I leveled out the ground under the stones first and put a base of loose paver gravel/stones. I filled in between the stones with sand and used self-leveling sealant between the stones. Probably a little more than what is needed for a stand, but I didn't want to have to change anything after installing it.
I haven't used the planter yet and don't know if I will or not. I haven't drilled holes in the top either, like it says in the instructions that come with the barrel (several reviews said they had to figure it out after it rained, but it's there in the manual if you read it).