Rain Barrel Maker Swamped with Sales

Rain Barrel Maker Swamped with Sales

There are 28 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Oct 21, 2007, titled Rain Barrel Maker Swamped with Sales. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

To Steve and Keota Lynn Golden it made perfect sense. Last fall amid news reports of a possible impending drought Keota Lynn remembered her upbringing on a farm where despite having a private well on the ...

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Clifford

Stockbridge, GA

#1 Oct 21, 2007
Steve, I salute you.
Hans

Canton, GA

#2 Oct 22, 2007
They ought to have shows on PBS how to make these. It would be good for the state as a whole.
keith

United States

#3 Oct 22, 2007
This is what we can good ole american knowhow. Kudos Steve
Sue

Washington, DC

#4 Oct 22, 2007
I tired one of those and the darn metal fitting for the shut-off valve got too hot and now it leaks ALL the time. My friend got one from www.aquabarrel.com and what a great rain barrel. Plus I checked out the site and they have some cool looking downspout filters to keep the gunk out of the barrel.
Dave

United States

#5 Oct 22, 2007
I had one of those style of barrels and always had water or 2 inches of sludge in the bottom. Which is great if you are into mosquito harvesting! BTW - thanks Sue for the link to that Aquabarrel Site. Maybe they that standing water problem licked?
Phil Angel

Dacula, GA

#6 Oct 22, 2007
If you have a rain barrel you keep the water for yourself and the heck with other people.
Jay

Farmington, MI

#7 Oct 22, 2007
Dave wrote:
I had one of those style of barrels and always had water or 2 inches of sludge in the bottom. Which is great if you are into mosquito harvesting! BTW - thanks Sue for the link to that Aquabarrel Site. Maybe they that standing water problem licked?
The Noah's barrel is a "closed system" so I've never had a mosquito harvest. I also took some screen and made a filter where the downspout attaches to the barrel...no sludge. The only problem I've had is my HOA will not allow them on the front of the property!

Since: Jul 07

Atlanta (Peachtree City)

#8 Oct 22, 2007
It's a darn shame that some huge company will now move in and start make barrels in large quantities, sell them to Home Depot which will undercut his price and put him out of business.

I don't mean to sound sour as I think he is one person that has decided to stop yapping about a problem and do something about it. 300 gallons from a half inch of rain is very impressive. I wonder if you boiled it would it be drinkable or clean enough to shower with.
gwinnett male

Kennesaw, GA

#9 Oct 22, 2007
great idea but also a breeding pool for mosquitoes which could affect west nile in georgia they sell stuff to put in the water to kill them bit it makes the water non potable for animals

Since: Sep 07

Savannah, Ga

#10 Oct 22, 2007
I agree with the ABM, big companies will root him out by undercutting his prices and driving up the cost of the barrels to make it more expensive for him to get his basic items!
tlp

Pleasanton, CA

#11 Oct 22, 2007
I remember my g'ma had several metal barrels that were filled with rain water. Growing up in the Kansas midwest - everybody had barrels in their back yard. She used it to water her fabulous garden. That was 40 years ago. I am surprised this idea hasn't been utilized before. Although Kansas is no stranger to water shortage.
Trucker

Cleveland, GA

#12 Oct 22, 2007
Hans wrote:
They ought to have shows on PBS how to make these. It would be good for the state as a whole.
This has already been done on PBS but in a larger scale the homeowner that was in that show was using (if I remember correctly) about a 1000 gallon tank. That same show they showed the idea about using the condensation from your AC, I did that with my AC.

The way I figured it, the set up with my AC cost me about $15.00 plus a garden hose. At one point this summer my AC was producing about one gallon per hour (sometimes more sometimes less).

I can see the HOA point about not letting a person do this in the front yard but I think with the way things are, if a person takes pride in the way they do their work this will be no problem for the back yard.
ybnorman

Ocala, FL

#13 Oct 22, 2007
....recycle what rain water you can get....waste not, want not....
Atlanta Resident

Farmington, MI

#14 Oct 22, 2007
Noah's Rain Barrels are a closed system and they work great. There's no opening for mosquitoes to get in and breed, so you don't need to use mosquito dunks. That's just one thing that makes them better than the open top version. It is also safer where small children and animals are concerned. I wouldn't recommend using rain barrel water to water animals. It is fine for filling up your bird bath or a small water feature, but not dogs, cats or other animals.
cgatlanta

United States

#15 Oct 22, 2007
Cobb County has webpages showing how to and listing materials needed to make a rain barrel in about 1 hour for less than $27.00. Ace Hardware is selling rain barrels for $200 each. What a way to price gouge the public.
cgatlanta

United States

#16 Oct 22, 2007
Instructions usually call for window screening material over the top of the barrel to keep insects and debris out and if the one you buy does not have it, you can always go to Wal Mart and buy a roll quite cheaply.
BPSM

United States

#17 Oct 22, 2007
But you have to have rain, right?
Atlanta Resident

Farmington, MI

#18 Oct 22, 2007
You do have to have rain! But the good news is even a small amount of rain can give you a lot of water. Just a quick pop up shower or even a light drizzle can put a surprising amount of water into your rain barrel.
Isabelle

Norcross, GA

#19 Oct 22, 2007
Thats so cool.I need one of those.We are learnng about saving water and conservation(the drought)in school.I like this website.
Wise Guy

Atlanta, GA

#20 Oct 22, 2007
Now that people have started collecting rainwater, the Democrats will find some way to tax it.

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