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Rain Barrels & Drip Irrigation

Posted: 3 years ago Quote
We recently found a great link to anyone interested in Rain Barrels http://www.aquabarrel.com
This Company has a great website on Rain Barrels and you can hook up our products to the hose faucet coming off the bottom of the barrels.
This is what you need to set up a Drip System off a Rain Barrel that will gravity feed the water to the plants:
Filter (MLFF-41): 1/2" Poly Faucet Fitting (MLF-33): 50ft of 1/2" Poly (MLT-71): 1 or 2 packs of 90 Quarter Circle Misters (MLM-03B): End Crimper (MLA-50) or End Fitting (MLF-ENDCAP): Punch Tool (MLA-51) or All-in-One Tool (MLA-TOOL).  
Your first question maybe why would you want to use a 90 Mister to drip water?!
Reason is that with gravity feeding off the rain barrel there is not enough water pressure to run the Drippers properly yet with this Mister the water drips out nicely.  You will only get about .5  up t 2 gph dripping out of Mister depending on rain barrel height.
To install just attach the Filter to the faucet off the rain barrel, then thread on the Faucet Fitting, push on the 1/2" Poly, lock down the collar, run the 1/2" Poly through your garden, punch a hole in the poly where you want to drip water using your punch tool, then thread the 90 Mister directly into the Poly Tubing and lastly attach the end fitting.   Typically we were able to put up to 25 of these 90 Misters around plants using up to 50ft of our 1/2" Poly Tubing.  If you want to get more elaborate and use a pump then you will have more options of using our Drippers and/or Micro Spray Stake Assemblies.  Check out Aquabarrel site for more rain barrel information or feel free to email us!
Have a great day!
S
Posted: 3 years ago Quote
That's totally sweet.  You should put this info in a blog or something like that. :-)
Posted: 3 years ago Quote
I've just purchased 2 Fiskars rain barrels and my goal is to connect them to my irrigation system (which is an awesome product BTW; I'm a fan!!), and while you're correct in that there isn't enough pressure that's generated from gravity, I am looking to see if anyone who has any ideas as to where to go looking for a pump that could provide enough pressure, and is either solar powered or DC electric (so I could hook it up to a solar panel). I've looked at pond pumps and things of that sort, but they seem to be overkill.
Posted: 3 years ago Quote
If you find any pumps that provide the right amount of pressure and work of a solar source that would be awesome.  Just let us know, we would love to promote people that have produced awesome ideas. :-) Plus we may want to use them ourselves.
Posted: 3 years ago Quote
There is a company that we have as a link on this Mister Landscaper site that does have solar pumps & timers for Rain Barrels.  Please check them out!  http://www.aquabarrel.com
Have a great weekend!
S