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Old 01-23-2015, 03:30 PM   #1
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Collapsible Rain Barrels for water storage

Has anyone every tried collapsible rain barrels for water storage?

I have a 55g and 65g plastic tank now I use when staging water, and found the 55g has some kind of contamination issue so am disposing of it. And I really have VERY little storage room to keep these when not in use; I want to break them out once a month or so, make a bunch of water, do all my WC's, then hide them.

I stumbled across collapsible rain barrels and see there are a bunch of them in pretty large sizes (I saw one at 156G).

Do they work? Could I stick one in my living room, make water from RODI into it for a day or two, and then pump it out? And not worry it will burst and flood the place?
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Really have to think that's a question for the manufacturer. My only thought as to putting one in the living room would be if the floor could support it. 156g~1300 pounds.


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Old 01-23-2015, 06:18 PM   #3
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Are they cheap or expensive?? If they're cheap I wouldn't trust them in the house.. are they similar to the spiral type collapsible hampers or lawn/leaf barrels?

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Old 01-23-2015, 06:53 PM   #4
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Really have to think that's a question for the manufacturer. My only thought as to putting one in the living room would be if the floor could support it. 156g~1300 pounds.
Well, one reason people come to the internet for information is we don't trust the lies marketing people tell for manufacturers.

And one advantage of living on a slab is I don't worry about such - it can support a LOT of weight.

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I saw them in the $60-90 range, there are lots of variations. So not as cheap as solid plastic barrels (which I usually see for $25-35), but not exactly expensive either.

I was just hoping for someone with experience with them.
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Have you laid eyes and hands on them? I'd be curious about bursting too. Or just buy one, fill it outside and see what happens....
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Have you laid eyes and hands on them? I'd be curious about bursting too. Or just buy one, fill it outside and see what happens....
No, that would help as often you can touch something and tell if it's made like junk (it's often hard to tell for sure it is well made, but junk stands out frequently). But I see them only on line, and don't feel like investing that much plus shipping without knowing someone has done it successfully.
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Oh me either. Some have more dispensable income than others not me though
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In the past I just used Brute trash bins. Had a lot of TDS creeping up in them, so switched to "FDA Approved" Food Grade 55 gallon barrels. They hold a lot of water for the space they take up. I did try a collapsible IBC tote one time, and although it held the water I would definitely not trust it on my living room floor.

If money is not an issue and you have a basement, you can set up well water bladder tanks to hold your RO water. In addition to six of the food grade barrels, we have 4 26 gallon bladder tanks in the basement. I set them to 9 PSI and my reverse osmosis system shuts off at 60 PSI just as if it was using one of the tiny 3 gallon pressure tanks on RO systems. You could set one up for around $170 in brand new parts. I can snap a pic if anyone is interested.
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Interesting about tds and brute barrels, i use one. How much we talking here? How long would water sit in there?

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In the past I just used Brute trash bins. Had a lot of TDS creeping up in them, so switched to "FDA Approved" Food Grade 55 gallon barrels. They hold a lot of water for the space they take up. I did try a collapsible IBC tote one time, and although it held the water I would definitely not trust it on my living room floor.
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Well... hmmmm.... Yesterday I broke down and bought two of the brute 44G, and made a dolly (I wanted really big wheels to step over thresholds).

Now the good news so far is after now 17 hours or so I still get a zero reading on the TDS.

Did you store water for really long periods in them? Or are you saying it was just as they aged?

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If money is not an issue and you have a basement, you can set up well water bladder tanks to hold your RO water.
Fail on both accounts, but mostly space. In this part of florida I've never seen a basement, and they just don't build houses with much storage space. I guess it's the snowbird market? They don't even put coat closets in them (and before someone cracks wise about coats in SW Florida -- how many ONLY have coats in their coat closet up north! It's the "neutral ground" storage closet not in someone's space).

Anyway... I'm going for infrequent water changes (low stock, lots of plants, etc.) and plan to set up my storage only once or twice a month, then stash it away somewhere. I'd love to have something set up permanently with a couple hundred gallons of water always ready, but not happening.
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