SO I get a puddle of cruddy muddy water in front of my garage pedestrian door every time it rains. This is because my gutter downspout lets water run into the driveway. I had a genius idea to install a rain barrel to collect the water...it's an environmentally happy thing to do-rain barrels can alleviate erosion, provide gardeners with water, and lessen runoff from paved surfaces. See? SO I got me a drum from my work.
I stuck a post in the ground to hold the gutter in about the right place for a nice slope-it looks pretty bad appearance wise, but I think I have the right idea. Now I need to go to town and get the faucet and fitting for the barrel. I won't go into the details of how frustrating it is to try to find something at Lowe's when the folks who work there have no idea what a rain barrel is. There's a reason I love on line shopping-no long line, no uneducated sales people, no out of stocks! Let's just be aware that I ordered it on Amazon!
The gutter is high enough so a person can walk under and the lawn mower can pass by with no problem. Now it looks like it's going to rain again today so I'm ready for the test!!