Hole-y Barrels! Plug Holes in Plastic Barrels to Re-Use Them Yet Again

Contributed by Beth Auerbach
Hello everyone! Beth here from BlueBarrel’s customer service team
It’s not uncommon for people to ask us if they can connect an existing rain barrel to a BlueBarrel Rainwater Catchment System; or convert an old barrel to use it in their planned BlueBarrel System. 
The trouble is, a typical rain barrel has at least one hole drilled into the side for a spigot, and often a second (and even third!) as a drain and/or overflow port. This article will teach you how to plug holes in plastic barrels, for a watertight seal.
Twist Type Drain Plug

The newest addition to our accessories offerings is a “goof-plug” solution for barrels that already have holes.

The BlueBarrel Rainwater Catchment System is a completely closed design, which keeps water very clean, and our under-plumbed linking solution allows the user to drain every last drop of water through the provided spigot and drain valve.

But if barrels need to be all closed up, what can you do with hole-y barrels? The good news is, we’ve discovered a great goof-plug solution, for a water-tight seal on pre-existing holes. 

Now available in our Online Store, these rubberized twist-type plugs insert into holes around 1″ in size. Just twist the knob to expand the rubberized plug head for a water-tight seal. It’s brilliant!

The 1″ version will usually work for a spigot hole. We also carry a 1-1/2″ version, which will plug the inlet hole in a BlueBarrel System. This is perfect for those who need to disconnect downspouts in winter… or simply as a goof plug if you wish to move your inlet. 
As a case in point, I had a conundrum while setting up a BlueBarrel System for a friend. She already had two 55-gallon blue barrels that were configured as single rain barrels. While they were the right kind of barrel, they already had a spigot hole drilled in the side near the bottom. They also had an overflow hole drilled on the sidewall toward the top. After learning about BlueBarrel’s unique system design, my friend decided she would much rather have a 2-Barrel BlueBarrel System than her two singles. I had a chance to test the twist-plugs and they worked great to plug holes in plastic barrels! 
Plug holes in plastic barrels with a rubberized twist-type plug.

Simply insert the plug and twist to expand – a water-tight solution for hole-y barrels!

Many BlueBarrel customers are attracted to our company not only for our unique system, but also because we stand by our environmental values of creating a lighter footprint. If you’ve read about BlueBarrel’s history, you’ll know it all started with a desire to create a rainwater harvesting system that uses food-grade barrels destined for the landfill and make them available locally to our customers, thus reducing the costs and impacts associated with manufacturing, storage, and transportation.

To take our mission further, we’re excited to announce a new item in our online store that will patch a 1-inch hole in the side-wall of a barrel, turning a single rain barrel with a hole drilled for the spigot or overflow into a sealed barrel suitable for reuse in the BlueBarrel system! Furthering your ability to recycle, reduce, and re-use, re-use, re-use, we are proud to offer this simple and inexpensive solution.
As always, we love to hear your stories from the field, so please keep them coming!

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