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Repurposed food-grade barrels for rain barrels

by Jackie R. » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:02 pm

So, the adults in our family draw names for $75 presents now. I drew my step-dad, and he would like a rain collection barrel. I checked with Lowes and Home Depot to discover that they're a seasonal item, and run from $100 and up. Ebay has a company that repurposes food-grade barrels that have shipped things like pickles and peppers from overseas, and they admit they may come with a scratch or two (definitlely couldn't care lss about that). They run $50 plus $20 in shipping, so that brings me in close to the $75 figure, after I include the sack of chocolate coal and tube of pistacios - AND it would ship straight to his door. Anyway, is anyone familiar with this or have any advice?
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Re: Repurposed food-grade barrels for rain barrels

by Jackie R. » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:35 pm

Thank you Jay, for the sound advice via PM. MSD has exactly what I'm looking for.
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Re: Repurposed food-grade barrels for rain barrels

by Gary Guss » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:12 am

We've had a n MSD one for a few years.. Lowes has an adapter which is corrugated plastic to go from the gutter downspout to the barrel. I took a spare hank of landscape fabric and I'm using it to strain the water going into the barrel so you don't plug up the faucet at the bottom
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Re: Repurposed food-grade barrels for rain barrels

by Harold B » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:28 am

We purchased ours from the Louisville Nature Center across from the Zoo.
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Re: Repurposed food-grade barrels for rain barrels

by Jackie R. » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:43 pm

Harold B wrote:We purchased ours from the Louisville Nature Center across from the Zoo.


That's what I bought today! There's a link on MSD's website that provides the phone number for the Nature Center, and it only cost $74. I was able to pre-pay over the phone and my step-dad can pick it up whenever he wants. Funny thing is, he must have known this and figured I did, too. I would have felt pretty stupid if I'd gone through a major home repair store and discovered this after the fact. Although the ones listed for $150 and up on the Home Depot website came in lots of shapes and colors and some were terra cotta topped with pretty planters, I have faith my SD will figure out a way to beautify his - and it's a repurposed good brought to us from our City's nature Center. Totally fitting for him.

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