Rain Barrel
Plant water supply for summer 2016
Sept 4

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Barrels are used food grade phosphoric acid containers, purchased from one of the local oyster farms.

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Top being cut off with coarse wood blade

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After a couple of passes around the rim with the saw, it is 'fairly' smooth.

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Stable base, with three cinder blocks and a 24x24 paver. Raised so we can get a watering can under the tap.

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Tap cut into down spout.

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Overflow returned to down spout

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Cutting a base for a lid to keep the wild life out.

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Check the fit.

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Glue up of the cedar to make top layer of the lid. this will make the lid have 24 segments making up the circle

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Plain the boards flat and the same thickness. (this is fence board being used and it is not even thickness)

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First half of the pieces made. Now to take the cut off and glue them up for the other half.

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Knobs turned for both barrels

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Cut to fit, knobs installed and gluing till tomorrow. Never to many clamps!

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First of two different coats of stain.

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This is how the tap gets installed with the rubber seal and lock nut.

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Tap is now installed and tested.

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Finished barrel, hooked up, lidded and painted green ready for rain. Which happened the first time since this project started about 20 minutes after the last hookup was done.

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The second lid.
This one got a new high in usage of clamps. The greatest number and the widest range of clamps on one item!

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