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04.04.2012

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good price, sturdy and doesn't look too ugly

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Harcostar Child Safe Water Butt


Having just moved into a new house with both front and back gardens we decided to get a water butt thinking that they could surely only be £20 odd. Having had a hunt around it seems they were a little more expensive than first thought and at a local garden centre we decided on this Carcostar Child safe one as it had a good capacity, was one of the cheaper prices for what you got and of course the safety feature was a plus for us too.

Water butts can be bought at a variety of different places and we checked both online and the usual stores such as B&Q but found a local garden centre had the best deal as the water butt stand was included in the price. Most places these are sold separately and to be totally honest I wasn't even thinking we needed a stand but that was the garden maintenance novice that I am thinking! Having a stand is clearly a must if, like me, the space in which the water butt is to stand is low ground and not on a built up area. This is because the tap at the bottom of the water butt needs to be raised up in order for the watering can to be filled up but I hadn't even thought about this aspect until it came to buying one.

So This Harcostar Water butt ticked a lot of boxes as well as not looking too hideous like some other water butts I had come across did. Luckily it is going in a slightly discreet area of the garden but even if it wasn't I think the green colourings of both the base and the butt itself is a fairly inoffensive shade and doesn't make it stand out too much.

The child safe lid is easy to remove when you know how is is a simple case of pressing in a side button for the lid to be released but this does make it super secure for any inquisitive children that are left alone in the garden.

The 227 litres or 50 gallons is by no measn the largest water butt that can be bought for use in the garden but it is a good enough size in order to give a nice look and easy of use and a size that I am more than happy with.

The material it is made from it thick and durable and I can't see there being any trouble with this for many years to come. The water butt came with a tap which is easy to turn to let the water come out either at a fast or not so fast rate. There is a hole at the top of the water butt which is seemingly positioned higher than a lot of others we looked at which enables full capacity of the butt without over flow problems. The connector to the drain was another aspect that needed to be purchased separately but this was easy to install and even a novice like me had no problem setting it all up and getting it in position ready for any rainfall.

All in all the Price of £60 for the water butt and stand seemed like a good price for this piece of hard wearing, good looking garden equipment. Unfortunately since buying it there hasn't really been much rainfall here and it hasn't had as much use as I would have liked. Seeing as I am into growing a lot of veg and already have a fair bit going I am having to use water from in the house but still being savvy in the fact I am using the cold water from the tap when I am trying to get warm water for washing up so as not wasting the water! Bring on a bit of rain I say (not too much though)

It has to be a top score from me I feel. The water butt was a good solid purchase which was easy to set up and when there is water in it, it does come out easily. I have no complaints with this item and for that reason would be happy to award a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation,


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Coloneljohn 16.04.2012 20:34

A very good idea for gardeners. John

Nar2 05.04.2012 14:46

Sounds good for a good price!

catsholiday 05.04.2012 10:50

I think we should all get at least one of these given the lack of rain!!

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