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Easy fast compost with larvae incubator
By cleo from Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/6/2014
I needed this item urgently after my 15 year old metal compost bottom just fell out and had to hold contents in a wheel barrel while waiting for the order. So I had a full load by the time my order came and like other reviewers said, the bottom came first and the top came almost 2 weeks later. The assembly was very easy. I also put it up on top of cinder blocks to make turning easier and for filling water can. Since my load was so heavy it was hard to turn at first, but found it easier to turn by rotating from the side rather than pulling from the front. I also was concerned the hatch would pop off from the weight, but so far no problem. As long as you add enough brown ingredients to keep mix from getting too soggy it breaks down pretty fast. Now the problem I did not see coming was the number of mosquitoes and other bugs the rain barrel produced. How you say? The rain barrel has two much needed holes pre-drilled in case of over flow located on the front. The adult bugs can fly in, drop eggs and mass produce anytime. I saw this in the water I drained a clear container and was horrified to see different breeds of larvae just swimming around. I did not want to think about the rain water I used to water my house plants and the bugs I may have let in. But it was a easy fix. First I flooded the barrel to the point of run off and the adult bugs came started flying out. Then I cut two 1 inch squares of my mosquito bug cover, and with some gorilla tape, secured the squares which will still allow the water to flow out but no bugs can get in or out. The rest will die and I will continue to check before using the rain water in my house plants in case there are any survivors since there is always some water in the bottom once completely drained. Note the compost container comes with a lot of pre-drilled holes also much needed for air, so the bugs get in there as well, but do help with the break down and you can keep them out of everything. Over all I am very happy with this item and would highly recommend.
Love my new rain barrel!
By Diane from TALLAHASSEE,FL on 10/6/2014
Fast delivery, easy setup, and the price was right.
Great hose for rain barrels
By Frances from TUCSON,AZ on 10/5/2014
Works well for any slow soaking need and also when attached to a rain barrel which doesn't run water out with any force. Very pleased with it. It just kind of sweats.
matches house siding perfectly
By Terry from OMAHA,NE on 9/29/2014
Just rec'd and set up so I cant say if any problems yet. Rain is in the forecast so will get a real test this week but had no problems installing water nozzle and glad I ordered the stand to go with it.
rain water collection
By John from LONG BEACH,CA on 9/20/2014
This barrel is perfect for collecting small amounts of rain water - 50 gallons. The plastic body appears strong enough to hold the pressure of a full barrel. A couple of hints to new users: the barrel is full of debris from the holes that were cut for water entry and drainage, so, clean it out so the plastic shavings don't clog your spigot. Also, the mesh is small, but, to keep out mosquitos, I placed a finer screen under the top mesh and overflow mesh areas. And, I treated the outside with Armorall to clean up the dusty outside and protect it for the season. I like how the barrels can be connected easily for water sharing by using a 3/4 inch hose scrap. I will get a couple more for gifts.
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