Motivation: I'm lazy
and don't want to lug buckets of water all around the yard
to water my plants. So, I built a wooden stand for my rain
to sit on. This way they have a good head of pressure.
One gallon of water weighs about 8.6 pounds.
With a total capacity of 120 gallons in the two barrels, I
pounds. That's a lot of weight so I couldn't just throw together
some 2x4s and expect them to hold the rain barrels up for very
long. And, I'm a Zander so this stand is well built and will
no doubt last quite a few years. As with the other parts of
this project, plans, pictures and further details are coming
but here's a picture of the stand to give you an idea.
The whole thing is built from high quality
pressure treated lumber. All six legs are 4x4's and the rest
of it 1x6's Each set of 2 legs has a 1x6 "beam" across the
top (perpendicular to the decking in the picture). The sides
are bolted to the legs with lag bolts and to prevent rot each
leg is on a plastic stand-off. I tried to find the more "traditional"
aluminum stand-offs but found them difficult and expensive
to obtain and also learned (should have known but didn't think...)
that the copper in the wood will gave a galvanic reaction with
the aluminum and eat it away. Same thing with aluminum siding
- can't use treated lumber against aluminum siding.
After building this I painted it with
2 coats of wood sealer. It's only a few months old right now
and the tanks are full and frozen solid but I haven't seen
any problems. If I ever do have to rebuild this, I'll consider
welding a proper steel frame instead of using wood.
Coming in the future: diagrams, materials,
building instructions and more photos.