Thank you for your purchase at the Truckload Rain Barrel campaign. We appreciate your purchase and support. Already the proceeds have been shared with six non-profits including two schools receiving a rain barrel each for their Spring Fair. Please click on this link for information about your purchases (with photos) or read below and click links for photos. Thank you!

Rain Barrel Instructions

Please check your rain barrel over to ensure you have all the right parts and pieces to
complete your Rain Barrel. If you find that you are missing anything or have extra parts,
please let us know.

Contents
Terra Cotta, Grey, Blue Rain Barrel (220L/180L) – Includes leaf and mosquito filter
basket, spigot/tap, overflow adaptor and overflow hose.
Rain Tank 1,000L – As is – no extra accessories.
Sandstone Rain Barrel 240L – Includes leaf and mosquito filter basket, spigot/tap,
overflow adaptor, overflow hose and clear dispensing hose with hose clip.
Downspout Diverter kit – It regulates the volume of water that enters a rain barrel.
White/Blue 220L Sealed Top with Diverter – Includes spigot/tap and overflow adaptor. 
Rolling Composter – Includes two wooden feet, a set of 4 casters and a repurposed food grade barrel with a removable lid.

Assembly – View Video
Rainbarrel.ca products require minimal assembly and typically require no tools and
less than a minute to put them together. They are shipped unassembled to ensure
the components are not damaged during transport as there is no protective packaging
included.

Components for basic rain barrel include:
1) a filter basket that simply fits into the six-inch hole in the lid.
2) a T-shaped overflow adaptor that slides firmly into the top-side three inch hole.
3) an overflow hose which slides over the open end of the T-shaped adaptor.
4) a male to male adaptor (nipple) with tapered thread on one end and straight thread on
the other end.
5) a spigot which threads onto the straight thread of the male to male adaptor.

Once the spigot is connected to the straight thread on the nipple, the tapered thread of
the nipple is lined up with the 7/8 inch hole at the bottom-side of the barrel. The spigot
is used like a handle on a screwdriver to turn clockwise to insert the tapered thread of
the nipple into the bottom-side hole until the nipple is snug with the side of the barrel.

Installation
View Video Ensure the ground beneath the rain barrel is firm and level.
You may want to consider using a patio stone as a base. Cinder blocks with a patio
stone on top of them will provide height so that you can put your watering can beneath
the spigot or get more gravity to run the water through your hose.Cut the downspout
4 to 6 inches above the top of the barrel. To cut the downspout we recommend using
a hacksaw. The downspout can be cut without even removing it from the wall. Tin
snips can be used to finish the cut if the downspout is secured too tightly to the wall.
Install a short flexible pipe or a downspout elbow onto the cut downspout to direct
water into the top of the barrelKeep the remaining portion of the downspout so it can
be reconnected when the rain barrel is winterized.Run the overflow hose either back
into the drain or into a nearby garden. Additional lengths of 1.5 inch sump pump
overflow hose can be purchased online through any of our sales or at most hardware
stores.
Operating Instructions
Simply place the rain barrel filter basket under a downspout and connect a garden
hose to the bottom ball-valve spigot. Some people prefer to elevate their rain barrel
by placing them on cement blocks to increase pressure resulting from gravity. One
end of the T-shaped overflow adaptor is closed and can be opened to allow a second
rain barrel to be connected in series.
Maintenance – View Video
Maintenance includes clearing debris from the filter basket on occasion. Before winter,
empty and rinse the rain barrel with a garden hose. Remove the spigot or leave it in
the open position. Disconnect all hoses and consider placing them and the spigot inside
the barrel. Do not permit water to enter the barrel during winter. Water expands when
it freezes and even a small amount can cause a rain barrel to crack.  Strong winter
winds can send an empty rain barrel rolling away. Consider storing the barrel in a
basement, garage or under a deck. To ensure water does not enter the rain barrel,
consider turning it upside down or lay it on its side.
Owners of downspout diverters 
should remove all hoses and threaded outlets. A garden hose can be used to rinse the
interior and the winter caps should be installed to seal up the openings after the outlets
have been removed. If your diverter is installed in a very sunny location, you may want
to consider covering it or removing it for the winter. Repeated freezing and thawing may stress the plastic and reduce the lifespan of the product. Proper maintenance of our
products should provide years of continued service. 
Warranty A two-year return-to-depot repair or replacement warranty is offered on all parts and workmanship under normal use from the date of purchase. Proof of purchase is
required. After the warranty period, replacement parts will be available through
our website or at most local hardware stores. 
Connecting Rain Barrels in Series – View Video
Each rain barrel includes an overflow and interconnectivity adaptor. One end of the
adaptor is open to allow overflow water to escape from the rain barrel through the
overflow hose. The other end is closed and can be opened with a hacksaw, punch or
chisel. The overflow hose from one rain barrel can be cut to size and connected directly
to the newly opened end of the overflow adaptor on the second rain barrel. The overflow adaptor can be turned to direct water into the second barrel to ensure it fills completely
before water runs out of the second overflow hose.
Universal Downspout Diverter
Instructions: (only for those who ordered) Remove and empty all hoses. Remove
diverter fittings, clean out debris or dirt from inside diverter. Clean diverter thread and
apply vegetable oil to thread before inserting winter cap. Vegetable oil will reduce
friction and allow caps (winter) or fittings (spring) to thread in much more easily. Place
all hoses and fittings inside the original plastic Ziploc bag for safe storage.
If you have
any questions, you can contact us directly or reach out to RainBarrel.ca contact form. 

Happy Gardening!