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RTS Home Accents 50-Gallon ECO Rain Water Collection Barrel, Made with 100% Recycled Plastic and Plastic Spigot, Black
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- Eco Barrel is unique to our rain barrel collection as it is made of 100% Recycled Plastic and has a plastic spigot and screen
- Flat back to sit flush against a wall; Linkable to other barrels to increase water collection
- Save water and money by capturing rainwater to use for your lawn and garden; Optional stand to make filling watering cans easier (sold separately)
- Plastic screen keeps out debris and insects; Designed to be child and pet safe with no large openings
- Plastic Spigot shut off valve for hose hook-up with dual overflow; A front side overflow keeps water from flooding against your outside wall
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Optional Rain Barrel Stand
When used with the RTS Flat Back Rain Barrel, the stand provides you with a larger offset between the spigot and ground to make filling watering cans easier.
- Custom Molded to fit RTS Flat Back Rain Barrels
- 100% Recycled Plastic
- Flat Back to sit tight against the structure
50 Gallon Flat Back Rain Barrel
Embrace nature's solution to our emerging water shortage--collect rainwater! When drought sets in and rain is short, rain barrels can provide that precious water you need for your lawn and garden. Our authentic oak barrel texture is molded into each barrel and will not fade, rot or risk insect infestation. The RTS Home Accents rain barrel has many unique features including a flat back to sit flush against a wall, linkable to other rain barrels for increased capacity, screen to keep out debris and insects, and a shut off valve for hose hook up with dual overflow. This rain barrel can provide up to 50 gallons of pure unchlorinated water. During heavy rain falls, a typical roof can produce hundreds of gallons of water and by saving that water, you can reduce your average water usage. With those kinds of savings, this rain barrel can pay for itself in just a few seasons. A front side overflow keeps water from flooding against your outside wall. It is recommended that you drain your barrels when temperatures approach the freezing point. Optional barrel stands create a larger offset between the spigot and the ground, making it easier to fill watering cans and for general use.
Durable Hi Quality Brass Spigot
High Quality Brass spigot to provide years of trouble free use. The spigot includes a shut off valve and a standard hose thread to hookup any standard garden hose.
The aluminum framed screen will prevent bugs and fine debris from entering the rain barrel under normal use. Will not rust.
Hand Painted Bands
The Woodgrain barrel from RTS is sanded and hand painted to give you the most authentic looking rain barrel on the market. Because our barrels are cast from an actual whiskey barrel, you will have the most authentic looking rain barrel in the market.
Custom Molded Stand
Better than a cinder block or wood platform, the RTS Rain barrel stand will provide you with the custom fit for our flat back design - allowing you to flush the barrel and stand close to the structure for a snug fit.
|Woodgrain||Brown||Oak||Green||ECO Barrel - Black|
|Body Material||Virgin Food Grade Polyethylene||Virgin Food Grade Polyethylene||Virgin Food Grade Polyethylene||Virgin Food Grade Polyethylene||100% Recycled Polyethylene|
|Spigot Material||Brass||Brass||Brass||Brass||Recycled Plastic|
|Screen Material||Aluminum Framed Screen||Aluminum Framed Screen||Aluminum Framed Screen||Aluminum Framed Screen||Recycled Plastic Screen|
|Item Dimensions||34 x 19 x 24 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||551000300A8081|
|Shipping Weight||22 pounds|
Embrace nature's solution to our emerging water shortage--collect rainwater! When drought sets in and rain is short, rain barrels can provide that precious water you need for your lawn and garden. Our 50 Gallon ECO Rain Barrel is unique from our other rain barrels in that it is made of 100% Recycled plastic. It has a plastic screen to keep out debris and insects and a plastic spigot shut off valve for hose hook up with dual overflow. Just like our other rain barrels, it also has a flat back to sit flush against a wall and is linkable to other rain barrels for increased capacity. This rain barrel can provide up to 50 gallons of pure unchlorinated water. During heavy rain falls, a typical roof can produce hundreds of gallons of water and by saving that water, you can reduce your average water usage. With those kinds of savings, this rain barrel can pay for itself in just a few seasons. A front side overflow keeps water from flooding against your outside wall. It is recommended that you drain your barrels when temperatures approach the freezing point. Optional barrel stands create a larger offset between the spigot and the ground, making it easier to fill watering cans and for general use.
Top Customer Reviews
1) You cannot attach a regular garden hose directly to the spigot. The spigot is 5/8 inch and hoses attach to 3/4 inch. You can buy an adapter, of course, but why don't they just include a spigot that has the right size connection?
2) The back bows when filled with water. This is only a problem if you place it directly against your home. I had read the reviews and placed mine about three inches away, so it turned out to not be a problem. Still, it'd be nice to place it directly against the wall.
3) The mesh on top is a bit too small and there are no receiving holes in the barrel to which you can fasten the mesh. The holes must be drilled by the user and then they must be juuuuust right so that they reach both ends of the hole AND keep the mesh taut. It wouldn't be too difficult for the manufacture to pre-drill holes that just work correctly.
4) There are two decorative knobs on either side of the barrel. This is not a problem, as it makes it easier to carry. The problem on mine is that the seem isn't quite complete, leaving a pinhole leak.
5) Be ready for VERY LOW PRESSURE once you start to drain your barrel. I can't imagine that gravity provides more than 2 gallons/min (probably more like 0.75), which means that with 55 gallons in there, the MINIMUM it will take you to water is 25 minutes. I believe it's more like 60-80 minutes, though. I just left it running by the tree to give the tree a good watering.
It's still great to have some way to use the rainwater rather than just let it flow into the nearest reservoir, but be prepared to deal with the issues I've laid out here.
tip: use a couple of cinderblocks (rather than recommended plastic stands) to prop your barrel off the ground. Much sturdier and cheaper.
UPDATE: I just called the company and they are sending out a brass spigot that should fit a garden hose. Not sure why a rain barrel designed for watering a garden would have a spigot designed to fit a washing machine? But they've made it right by sending out the right spigot. It might be a good idea, if they read these reviews, to include both types of spigots, so that people don't have to pull their hair out because it doesn't fit with their intended hose fitting. Just a suggestion. I've upgrated the review from one star to three. They lose two stars for the inconvenience of customers having to deal with this issue. They did say over the phone that this is a common problem, if that's the case why not ship the barrel with the extra $2 brass spigot just in case??
I had purchased the black barrel, which was $90 here a few weeks ago. Less than the other colors. But it did come with the very cheap, plastic faucet. A hose wouldn't attach to it. So I went out and spent close to $5 for a brass faucet. OK. Thought things would be fine. I tested the barrel by filling it up above the faucet and the water came out, but pretty much a weak trickle. The cheap plastic screen that came with it had such tiny holes, I didn't know how it would allow much water in without a big overflow. So I cut a new screen with some wire screen I already had. That worked fine.
But, today, with pretty heavy rain, the barrel filled well (thanks to the bigger screening) and it did bow out a bit in the back (not a problem). The big issue is the overflow opening in the front. It is very small and not threaded. There is no way to properly connect a hose or tube to it to direct overflow away from the barrel. At first it was really concerning, because the way the overflow water was flowing down the front, it looked like a cross seam in the barrel might have split and it was leaking from there, too. Thankfully, that was not the problem. I tried a couple different pieces of cut plastic hose I had to stick in the hole. The water didn't run through it, but at least it deflected the flow a little more outward and I put a watering can in front to catch it.
The big issue in a heavy rain is, I don't want a huge puddle collecting near the house from the overflow. After 25 years, I don't need my basement to start getting wet! My other rain barrel has a side outlet with PVC pipe coming out of it, that we can direct the water to a downspout deflector and away from the house. They think they are doing you a favor by having the overflow hole in the front, but it still creates a huge pool of water at the base of the rain barrel. I tried opening the faucet and letting the excess run out the attached hose and over to the grass, but it barely came out at a trickle.
First a bad faucet, then a poorly designed screen, and now this overflow situation makes this barrel not a good solution for us. At least I paid under $100 for it. The other colors can be much more. I had looked at every rain barrel out there before choosing this one. But I should have just purchased a second Tijeras rain barrel in the first place. I had thought this was going to be a little better looking in the location I was putting it. My first barrel is in a flower bed and is almost completely hidden by my hydrangea bush, but this one goes on the pavers and is more exposed.
I'm adding a couple photos - one before I tried the hose trick in the overflow opening, and one of the wire screen I cut to replace the lousy plastic one.
I do love my rain chains. They are great with rain barrels.
Reviewing past reviews, it seems that they may change the design over time.
My primary concern is the plastic screen at the top at this moment, as it is a very "DIY" installation that they direct you through, and try as I might, I could not get the plastic screen to sit flush on the top. It's almost as if there is no point given the gaps that are left.
Not sure how concerned I need to be about mosquitoes and the such.
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