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    something to mention here: make sure you measure the thickness if the wall of your barrel before buying bulkhead fittings (you'll need to drill hole probably). not all barrel wall thicknesses are alike. mine were too thick for the fittings I had and I couldn't get the inside nut on.

    Great instructable, especially the very detailed tips on sourcing the barrels. However, once you got started on the build itself, there are a couple things you might want to change as the instructions as written are crazy confusing in some areas.First, and most important, you might want to start at the very beginning by saying "turn your barrel upside down" and "for the rest of the instructable, 'top' is the previous bottom, and vice versa". maybe show your pic of the finished item at the beginning too for a reference and stick with 'top' and 'bottom'. you switched labels adding in "base" midway and it was very hard to know which way you were referencing. And maybe say "near the edge" for the downspout location instead of the "back of the top...

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    Great instructable, especially the very detailed tips on sourcing the barrels. However, once you got started on the build itself, there are a couple things you might want to change as the instructions as written are crazy confusing in some areas.First, and most important, you might want to start at the very beginning by saying "turn your barrel upside down" and "for the rest of the instructable, 'top' is the previous bottom, and vice versa". maybe show your pic of the finished item at the beginning too for a reference and stick with 'top' and 'bottom'. you switched labels adding in "base" midway and it was very hard to know which way you were referencing. And maybe say "near the edge" for the downspout location instead of the "back of the top". There is not front or back of a barrel really. Your front will be different from mine I guess. It's just syntax really, but might help.Also, you mention it's "critical" to line up the faucet with the barrel plug but never explained why. It becomes obvious obviously but confusing still.Overall it's a brilliant design. I've got about 10 barrels under various rain spouts feeding into each using cutouts on the top rims with small ramps to the top of the next barrel, but I def like the "fully enclosed concept".One question though: why an elbow to screw the bib into? Wouldn't something straight work just as well? Is it a reach thing?

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