Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cedaring the Barrels, Part Two

Save the best to the last.  It's definitely a plark to put a bungie-cord belt around a big-tummied rain barrel, and then slide in its fancy new outfit.  It seems less work to create the top edge up, down and all over the place than to attempt to have it even and level.  Some constraints still apply: too great a variance in the board heights is not pleasing to the eye.
By proclamation of a passing neighbor,
"That is really pretty.  It looks beautiful!"

The remaining finish work after arranging the staves is the application of the barrel straps.  It was a month-long search last summer for the best material.  None of the lumber/big-box stores could help us with anything other than narrow plastic-type stuff used for strapping lumber.  Strong, yes, but it would deteriorate in the sunlight (why am I worried about that?).  Fastening the ends together would also be a problem.

Then one wildly adventuresome worker at our near-by lumber yard suggested galvanized steel strap.  And my engineer husband* showed me how a hose clamp could be used to fasten it round the barrel.
Hose clamp cut and positioned
Wiping my hands on the front of my aproned, carpenter-styled, bib overalls as the last strap tightened securely was the most satisfying of the Things I get to do today.  All the public barrels are now handsomely covered.

*Engineer husband has also designed an "anatomical pressure-relief valve."  To see a pink picture of it you'll have to email, and I send it to you direct.


  1. Hose clamps were high on my list of must haves, back in the olden days of setting up a show. Can't recall ever clamping a hose with one, however.

    1. I've used dozens of them to put together a garden watering system. They are, indeed, our friends. How did you use them for booth set-up?

    2. To secure my display to my tent poles. Fully stocked my booth display probably weighed a thousand pounds. I went through major storms and only lost an awning. Other exhibitors relied on hanging fifty or one hundred pound weights from each corner. I never fooled with those.

    3. So cleaver, you are. I wouldn't fool with the weights either. Seems your product was heavy enough.