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Heltsley  [Member]
11/18/2007 5:41:47 PM
Water faucet installed at base of 55 gal. water drum, what is your opinion?

I was wondering if it was to much of a risk of breaking it off and loosing the contents of that drum, or is it convenient to have on at least one drum. I was thinking of doing it to one so that the unskilled (my children and Sig. other) would be able to easily get H2O in Bug in situation.
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Heltsley  [Member]
11/18/2007 7:16:36 PM
Here is why I was asking. I hope I did not make a mistake.

XM21Nick  [Member]
11/18/2007 8:13:27 PM

Originally Posted By Heltsley:
Here is why I was asking. I hope I did not make a mistake.

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Wouldn't that be alot of weight on the counter ?
Aim4MyHead  [Team Member]
11/18/2007 8:48:04 PM

Originally Posted By XM21Nick:

Originally Posted By Heltsley:
Here is why I was asking. I hope I did not make a mistake.

i81.photobucket.com/albums/j222/mia19981/GunStuff061.jpg
Wouldn't that be alot of weight on the counter ?


Well the drum full would weigh in around 460 lbs. Depends on the grade of cabinets i guess.

J
Heltsley  [Member]
11/18/2007 9:12:32 PM

Originally Posted By Aim4MyHead:

Originally Posted By XM21Nick:

Originally Posted By Heltsley:
Here is why I was asking. I hope I did not make a mistake.

i81.photobucket.com/albums/j222/mia19981/GunStuff061.jpg
Wouldn't that be alot of weight on the counter ?


Well the drum full would weigh in around 460 lbs. Depends on the grade of cabinets i guess.

J


Going to basement with the rest of the gear. The little lady would be pissed if I filled it there. Ha baby look what I got for you, isn't it pretty, goes with the dishes.
FrankSymptoms  [Team Member]
11/18/2007 9:12:57 PM
If you take the drum off the counter and put it on the floor, you won't have any room to put anything under the spigot.

Heltsley  [Member]
11/18/2007 9:16:39 PM
Going to set it on 12 inch blocks, it will work.
radioshooter  [Member]
11/18/2007 9:40:27 PM
I would have put a bung spigot in the small hole on the top. Then got a tip over stand for the drum. This way, you want have to worry about losing the contents if someone trips over the faucet and pops it out. Or get a plastic drum pump for the large hole on the top. Once you start pumping it usually siphons itself.

RS
Heltsley  [Member]
11/18/2007 9:48:20 PM
I will put the pump on one of the other barrels, thanks
Merlin  [Team Member]
11/19/2007 1:24:35 PM
Not smart:

- faucet sticks out, just begging to be kicked, hit, dragged on and generally torn off.

- top of 55 gal plastic barrels have two 2" bung holes, holes specifically designed to put various things into, such as faucets and valves. Fill the barrel, install faucet, set on side, done. Using two, one on top and bottom (of a barrel on it's side) and you don't even have to move the barrel to fill it.

Heltsley  [Member]
11/19/2007 1:54:44 PM
I kind of thought that too after I did it so I am plugging it. I do enjoy playing with things and trying different stuff so in the end, I learned more than I would have watching TV.

Have a good one!
ElmerFudd  [Member]
11/19/2007 2:43:14 PM
I originally bought 55 gallon drums for water storage. I am now replacing them with 7 gallon Aquatainers from the camping department in Wal-Mart. The 55 gallon barrels are too big and heavy to move and empty. Stored water needs to be rotated every year or two.
Centuryhouse  [Member]
11/19/2007 3:06:34 PM

Originally Posted By ElmerFudd:
I originally bought 55 gallon drums for water storage. I am now replacing them with 7 gallon Aquatainers from the camping department in Wal-Mart. The 55 gallon barrels are too big and heavy to move and empty. Stored water needs to be rotated every year or two.



I've got some of the smaller 6 & 7 gallon containers too, but have no problem draining/refilling the 55 gallon drum. Just siphon to start it draining and let it empty out. Then I refill using a 20 ft RV water hose (made for drinking water).
Primos  [Member]
11/19/2007 6:40:14 PM
A buddy of mine did the same thing to his barrels. Works great, and hasn't had any problems.

AlphaTea  [Member]
11/20/2007 5:23:15 PM
I put my 55 gal plastic drum on one of those wheeled appliance moving dollys like this one. I screwed some more boards to the base to make it wider for stability. I got it on sale for about $14. This way I can move it relativly easy.

Super siphon is the easiest way to get stuff out.
machaira  [Member]
11/20/2007 9:29:05 PM
Sure its more vulnerable with the faucet sticking out, but how will your wife refill it and tip it into position by herself if you are gone or out of commission?

I'd put it up on blocks as you say and then put something nect to it so it can't be hit. User friendly - just have to take care not to crack the barrel.

(You can fill it on its side using the top bunghole keeping the faucet on the bottom and not have to move it any)
Houstons_Problem  [Team Member]
11/21/2007 12:32:30 AM

Originally Posted By ElmerFudd:
I originally bought 55 gallon drums for water storage. I am now replacing them with 7 gallon Aquatainers from the camping department in Wal-Mart. The 55 gallon barrels are too big and heavy to move and empty. Stored water needs to be rotated every year or two.


I use hoses, and siphons or pumps. Don't move the container, move the water. You can quickly pump a tank out and refill it with a hose and add bleach in 55 gallon containers. They seal well and store water well. Get a gravity filter for filtering the water before useage.

It's good to have a couple of 55 gallons for bulk storage. Easy to fill, Easy to change over rather than dealing with lots of 7 gallon containers.

You should still have couple of 5 to 7 gallon containers for portability though.

I find that you can still move a 15 gallon container.
SHADI  [Team Member]
11/22/2007 1:48:14 AM
I would suggest building a barrel rack and getting a plastic spigot. They make spigots in 3/4" that should fit the small bung in your drum. If there is any oil field supply stores in your area go and ask them if they have a barrel rack you could look at. Most of the ones that move through our store are ones we build for our own use out of old sucker rods and then end up selling. They will probably have the spigots too. If not shoot me an email and I'll send you a couple.
RED_5  [Team Member]
11/22/2007 2:06:03 AM
get one of those inexpensive pumps.
leave the container as is so you can seal it and move it w/o fear of breaking something
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