Installation and Maintenance

How do I install and maintain a Fiskars rain barrel?

Please refer to either of the following instructions:

Original Diverter Installation Guide

Diverter Pro Installation Guide

Where can I find a hole saw or spade drill bit, and how much do they cost?

You can find these at your local hardware, DIY or home center stores. The cost ranges from $5.00 to $20.00.

Can I drill the hole without using the tools mentioned?

The tools outlined in the guide are the best used for the installation steps. You need a 1 inch hole exactly in order for the hose connector to seat and seal properly.

What do I do if I have questions or concerns regarding installation?

You can call 1-866-348-5661 or email rainwater@fiskars.com with any rain barrel questions.

Can I install the diverter if my gutter downspouts are not the standard 2”x3” or 3”x4”?

Do not install the diverter if your gutters are not 2”x3” or 3”x4.” Consult your local hardware store for adapter options.

Can I attach a hose to my rain barrel?

Yes, the threaded spigot allows for hose attachment.

What is the best way to cut my downspout?

It can be difficult to saw through thin-walled tubes, such as a downspout, because the saw teeth snag instead of cutting smoothly. A good trick is to use the saw blade backwards – for a properly set-up hacksaw (blade teeth point away from handle) – this means cutting on the pull stroke instead of on the push stroke.

What is the best way to attach the diverter to my downspout?

Be patient during installation and be sure to follow the Installation Guide. Gutter downspouts vary in size slightly and it will take some adjusting to insert the downspout section into the diverter. It will be a tight fit, but this is necessary for proper function.

How do I know if my gutters are heated or not?

If you do not know whether you have heated gutters, check with the housing contractor or an electrician. If a downspout contains heating cables, there is a potential electrocution or fire hazard during installation. Make sure you know before you begin.

Can I connect multiple rain barrels together?

Yes, Fiskars offers a rain barrel Connector Kit to ‘daisy-chain’ multiple barrels together for additional storage.

Can I install 2 rain barrels on one downspout diverter?

Yes. Our new DiverterPro™, available January 2010, allows for the installation rain barrels on both sides of downspout at once.

Where is the best place to position my rain barrel?

Your rain barrel can be installed on either side of your downspout, within one meter. For greatest convenience, install your rain barrel at a downspout nearest to where you will be using your water, such as your garden. It is important to place your barrel on firm and level ground so the barrel will not sink into the ground when it is full or when the ground is wet. Cement pavers or other platforms can be used, but may not be necessary if the area under your barrel is firm and level. Remember, when the barrel is full, the 52 gallon unit can weigh around 450lbs.

What do I do with my rain barrel in the winter?

Winterize your barrel when temperatures are below 41F (5C). To do so:

  1. Completely drain your rain barrel.
  2. Remove the diverter connector from the rain barrel by unscrewing the white nut from the connector and remover the connector assembly with the hose attached. Thread the white nut back onto the connector assembly.
  3. Tie the hose assembly to your downspout so the hose is directed upwards. For the DiverterPro, remove the hose and place winterizing cap(s) on open outlet(s).
  4. If storing outside, turn the rain barrel upside down and place a heavy object on top to keep it from blowing away.
  5. Emptied rain barrels may also be stored in a shed, garage or basement during the winter months.

How do I clean my rain barrel?

We recommend using a mild detergent and brush to remove debris or build-up.