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Follow these instructions to properly set up your black MMSD rain barrel.
After selecting the proper location, dig up the turf grass around the area where the barrel will be placed. Tamp area once turf grass has been removed. Add gravel, and tamp again. Ensure your base is level. (Note: if you have a 2x3 downspout you will drill into the front of your downspout, and if you have a 3x4 downspout you will drill into the side of your downspout.)
Determine which side of the rain barrel you will be connecting to the downspout. It will either be the side with the red cap, or the side with the threaded black connector to attach an overflow hose. If you choose the side where the overflow hose would go, you will need to move it to the location the red cap was on. After this, use the smaller hole saw (1.5”) to drill into that location. After drilling, place the rubber seal into the spot you drilled on the barrel.
Place the rain barrel on your level base. Place a level on the top of the rain barrel (without a lid) and align it with the downspout. Use a ruler or tape measure to measure 2-inches down from the level you have on top of the barrel and mark the center of the downspout with a pencil.
Align drill bit with 2-inch mark and the center of your downspout. Drill into downspout using the larger hole-saw. When cutting, do not force the drill. Cut slow and steady. Always use safety glasses and safety gloves when cutting or drilling. After you drill the hole, file around the edges of the hole you created as it will be sharp.
Place diverter piece into hole. Place vertically so the two pre-made holes are on the top and bottom of the diverter piece (not side-by-side). Drill screws into pre-made holes to securely attach diverter to the downspout.
Attach one end of the fill hose to the rubber seal hole you created in Step 2 and the other end of the fill hose to the diverter piece inside of the downspout.
Around Halloween, remove diverter piece from downspout and replace with winterizing cap (included in installation kit). Reattach screws to secure winterizing cap. Bring rain barrel inside.
1. Wash out debris.
2. Check spigot and other fasteners for tightness.
1. Empty within a few days of rain.
2. Check for leaves caught in diverter from time to time.
1. Insert winterizing cap.
2. Clean and store barrel upside down in your basement or garage.
Water isn’t flowing to the rain barrel – what’s wrong?
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Rule of thumb: