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By Toni 1 years ago 1 comment

Admit it, we've all driven past a sad looking water butt outside someone’s home.. It stands scruffy, jaded, neglected, bringing the rest of the house and garden down!

Maybe this sad creature is only 3 or 4 years old but the sun has sucked the life out of it, the harsh winters have brought it to it's knees. It's only a matter of time before it is thrown away and the homeowner is off to the hardware shop to buy another..

This sad tale will never be told of our rotomoulded rain barrels. The processes used to make them result in a sturdy, built-to-last product that have been tested over and over again in extreme temperatures. The sun won't fade them, the frosts won't crack them, they will look as good as new for many years to come .

Why not invest in a water butt that looks smart and beautiful and stays that way? Yes, our rotomoulded butts are more expensive than a basic water butt, but you will not have to replace them in a few years time.

In a range of sizes, from £54.95 to £175, five year warranty included:

This is how much we believe in our water butts...

By Toni 1 years ago No comments

All of our rain barrels come with a FIVE YEAR warranty.

Why are our water butts different? Because each one is individually roto-moulded from highly durable polyethylene and hand finished to perfection.

This material won't be affected by sun or frost, so you won’t need to worry about weather damage - the colour won't fade over the years.

The heavy duty polyethylene is impact resistant - it's strong and built to last.

Despite it's strength, it is lightweight compared to wood, making it easier to move around the garden.

All this and it looks beautiful too! You won't want to hide this water butt away - the quality will make you proud to show it off!

We believe in our products and want you to be in safe hands, so buy with confidence from Outdoor Outlet and get the peace of mind of a five year warranty with your rain barrel.

We are now proud stockists of the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter

By Toni 2 years ago No comments

Why do I need a filter?

A filter can save you from problems that are expensive and time consuming to resolve:

- The build-up of debris, moss and leaves can easily cause a blocked gutter.

- Debris entering water butts, rain barrels and soakaways can lead to blockages. Dirt getting into your tanks and barrels leads to an inefficient and ineffective rainwater harvesting system.

- Water build-up in the guttering can lead to the roofing felt absorbing the water, leading to mould and damp entering the house.

- The weight of the water stuck in the guttering could pull the guttering off the house.

- This is where the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter comes in – it provides you with a simple yet effective solution.

The standard practise of fitting what is called a bell or balloon type strainer in the top of the downpipe to prevent debris, leaves and moss from going down the downpipe may be done with good intentions; however, the leaves and moss collect around the strainer and block it. This means someone must climb a ladder to clean it. When fitting the Gutter Mate Filter Diverter, we recommend you remove the bell/balloon type strainer out of the top of the downpipe and allow the rain water to wash the debris down the downpipe into the Gutter Mate Filter, this goes a long way to helping prevent blockages.

The Gutter Mate can be fitted and maintained at ground level, meaning you can avoid the dangers of climbing up ladders, making it easy for anyone of any ability to inspect -- you just look into the top and, should it be necessary, clean it out. All you do is lift off the filter top, lift out the filter basket, turn it upside down and tap it to get the debris to fall out. In less than 30 seconds, you will have cleaned the filter and replaced the parts. We recommend you inspect once a week, but it really depends on your location and the weather!

Why is the Gutter Mate different?

- Standard downpipe diverters have no filtration and - unlike the Gutter Mate Filter Diverter – can not be inspected or cleaned without removing the downpipe.

- Many other filter diverters only filter the water going into the water butt or tank, the Gutter Mate filters all the water going down the downpipe, protecting soakaways.

- The Gutter Mate is an award-winning diverter and filter which can filter all the water before it enters the water butt, tank, drain or soakaway.The innovative design prevents blockages by cleverly filtering out the debris coming down the downpipe.

- The Gutter Mate is designed to automatically cut off the water supply to the water butt when it is full, diverting the rain back into the downpipe.

- The Gutter Mate is recommended by leading agencies such as ‘Which?’ and ‘Waterwise’.

If you have any questions , please feel free to get in touch. You will find these filters in the Water Butts & Rain Barrels section of the website. They are available in black, brown or white to match your guttering.

Information in this article has been extracted from the Gutter Mate article ' The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter - A peace of mind solution to rainwater collection'.

Rainwater harvesting with a water butt

By Toni 2 years ago No comments

You can't have missed the recent headlines about the impending threat of a water shortage in the UK. The Environment Agency predicts that, within 25 years, England will not have enough water to meet demand. Saving water is as important as ever. And if you've ever been restricted by a garden hosepipe ban, you'll know the importance of minimising the impact of a drought on your hard-earned flowers and veggies.

Sir James Bevan, the head of the EA, told the Waterwise Conference in 2019 that he wants to see wasting water become "as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby".

The simple answer for your garden? A water butt collecting rainwater. Ensure your garden never goes without, and feel good about reusing a precious water source.

Our Roto Oak Barrel Effect Water Butts come in a range of sizes. The photo shows a customers' 350 litre rain barrel standing outside the front of his house – we think it fits in to it's surroundings perfectly – and the customer says that he uses the water primarily to water his hydrangeas and rhododendrons (these plants prefer rainwater to tap water) and to top up the pond when needed.

Why not? Save money, save water.

Why buy rotomoulded?

By Toni 2 years ago No comments

Yes, a rotomoulded wheelbarrow is more expensive than a cheaper injection-moulded alternative, but is it worth it? Why invest in a rotomoulded product rather than a cheaper alternative?

Have you ever bought a 'bargain' outfit only to find it looks like it's 10 years old after one wash?! Of course you have, we've all done it. And, to be honest, I keep doing it, because I love fashion and I want to buy something a bit different, a bit funky, for not much cost. Fashion is meant to be fun, and while the ecologists amongst us remind us that buying an unsustainable product is a terrible thing to do, sometimes it's nice to have that new outfit for a few weeks for not much outlay.

But buying a wheelbarrow isn't a fun fashion fix.

You need something that you can fill to the brim with a heavy load, but that you can still easily move around without breaking your back and that you can use and abuse for many years to come without fear of it cracking or breaking. THAT'S why you should buy rotomoulded.

Cheaper products are made using injection / blow moulding. This is a relatively quick process whereby air is used to inflate soft plastic into a mould cavity and this is perfect for making hollow plastic containers such as bottles, jars and containers.

Rotomoulding is a much longer, labour-intensive process where polyethylene is poured in to a heated mould and is then s-l-o-w-l-y rotated causing the softened material to disperse and stick to the walls of the mould. Each product turns for hours and is then hand-finished in our factory to create a sturdy, quality end-product.

Because the resulting product is made out of one piece, there are no weak spots, so your wheelbarrow or mounting step has a strong middle and corners that are virtually stress free. It is strong yet hollow – so you can have an extra-large capacity wheelbarrow, but it's still lightweight – perfect!

Rotomoulding uses more material and the wall thickness of your wheelbarrow tray will likely be double that of a cheaper model (4-6mm), making your tray so much stronger and longer lasting.

So why invest in rotomoulded? The simple answer is because you will only need to buy one to last for many, many years to come.