Living in the Pacific Northwest means seeing lots of rain throughout the year. With the notion of being able to capture some of the rain that would normally hit the roof, flow through the gutters, out the downspout, then into the drain, I set out to build a rain barrel system that would capture the rain and allow easy access of the supply.
I sourced some HDPE 55 gallon barrels which would resist UV rays and hamper the growth of algae. After a using a pressure washer to clean out the remaining contents of the barrels I picked up a variety of ABS fittings to connect the system together.
I set-up a little work area with my trusty Black and Decker Workmate and a chop saw, and made a pile of pressure treated 4×4′s and 2×4′s close at hand making cutting the lumber a breeze.