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Use Old Pantyhose to Keep Rain Barrel Water Clean

I've discovered that when collecting rain in your rain barrel, you can put a leg from a pair of pantyhose over the end of your downspout. It keeps the water clean, especially if your gutters have any debris in them. I hold the pantyhose material on with an elastic band, which makes it easy to remove and rinse off when it gets dirty. I also use an old window screen over the barrel to keep mosquitoes out, and keep any wildlife from falling into the barrel. Hope these ideas are useful.

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By Judy from Williamsburg, Ontario

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August 2, 20080 found this helpful

What an awsome idea! Too bad it might be hard to find a device to put on the rain barrel that would do that same thing to keep out "stuff"! I know pulling up the leaves on cauliflower and covering the plant with a cut off section of panty hose helps to keep those pesky moths off and the larvae too! Great hint - thanks!

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