For the past two weekends, we’ve been working on a rain barrel project after seeing an article in the Dallas Morning News about them. When we first moved to our house, we bought a trash can and stuck it under a rain spout which was ok for awhile but was decidedly low tech and eventually sprung a leak. As you can see from the pictures below, these were a definite upgrade. They won’t be leaking assuming the marine sealant works as advertised. With rain coming on Tuesday, we should get our first test. We found some basic plans on the internet and then modified them to our situation. All told, we should have 165 gallons of storage capacity though right now we only have 110 hooked up.