RainBenchThe instructions are pretty self-explanatory, but here are a few little tips and tricks that we have figured out after building a few of these Rain Bench things…

1.  First, read through the instructions before you start.  I know, I know, they always say that, but it might save you some hassle, that’s all I’m saying.  (It’s only 5 pages or so, and mostly pictures)

2. You’ll notice the large panels can be cut for free at some supply yards.  That would be ideal, as they have a panel saw and can zip them right down for you.  If not, no worries.  Just take a circular (Skil) saw, a long straight edge (like a straight board) and 2 wood clamps, like you can see I did in this little video:

3. You will also notice in the video a note about using a drill and compass saw for notches.  Here’s how:

T1-11, Tape, Compass saw, Drill


Mark the notch according to the instructions,

Cut the 2 lines up from edge (miter or circular saw ideally),

Drill holes along the horizontal line,

Break off the middle piece,

Clean up the drilled edge with a compass saw

IMG_1223 (a pruning saw or even a sharp utility knife might work for this – but be careful!!)

And voila, a nice rectangular notch for the liner to slide right into.IMG_1224

**Update** Here is a lil video from the 400 gallon bench in Mom’s Solar Thermal Studio:

If you are in the process and have any questions about building this or hooking it up, please shoot us an email or give us a call!  Cheers!