AND: we had a community of people helping to install the rain barrels. First they had to haul cement blocks to the five sites for the barrels.
Then David taught everyone on the team the process of the installation. I wasn’t able to be a part of that team, but some things I observed.
The land at the site was cleared of mulch and grass, and leveled off. Then sand was added, and tamped down and leveled. The cement blocks were positioned on the sand base.
Meanwhile, another part of the team was drilling correct size holes in the barrels for spigots. These spigots are able to be removed in the winter, so the rain barrels can stay in place. So the spigots were installed. Holes were also drilled for connecting tubes for overflow and to connect more than one barrel per downspout.
With all that done, the barrels could be positioned on the concrete blocks. Then, the downspouts were cut short, and a curvy connector was attached to bring the water to the barrel.
Finally it was possible for it all to be hooked up. The team was able to complete the hook up for four rain barrels, and do everything except the hook up for two more. We have two more rain barrels that we hope to install later.