Last year, my Dad rigged up a 55 gal drum as a rain barrel. I used it all year and loved it. So I convinced him I needed more rain barrels. My poor father, who has 3 herniated discs in his back right now (surgery scheduled for tomorrow), drove 7 hours to come for AJ's birthday and to install my rain barrels.
He started by making a cradle for the rain barrels to help support their weight when full.
Connects the 3 barrels together using PVC piping
Dad checking out his work during a nice downpour
This is the original barrel, now moved to the front of the house
Not the prettiest thing, but 55 gal of free water is a beautiful thing!