How to Make a Sprayer Out of a 55-Gallon Tank

A 55-gallon tank, such as a rain barrel, is used to collect water.
This water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as washing a car or watering flowers, by spraying water from the tank. However, you need a way to get the water out of the tank. This can be done by using a siphon action or by a pump that will force the water out of the tank.

Step 1

Remove the white cap on the threaded opening or “bung” on the top of the tank. Set the cap aside but do not lose it.

Step 2

Attach one end of a garden hose to the threaded opening and the other to a faucet on the outside of the house.

Step 3

Turn on the faucet to begin filling the tank with water. Turn off the faucet and remove the hose from the drum.

Step 4

Insert the hand pump into the threaded opening. Turn the fitting clockwise to secure the hand pump to the tank. Turn the fitting with the adjustable wrench, if necessary.

Step 5

Connect one end of a garden hose to the pump opening. Connect a sprayer attachment to the other end of the hose.

Step 6

Crank the handle to begin pumping the water into the hose. Press the handle on the sprayer attachment to spray the water.

Things You Will Need

  • Garden hose
  • Suction hose
  • Hand pump
  • Sprayer attachment
  • Wrench

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.