Top filling water butt

(9 Posts)
DesolateWaist Wed 26-Oct-16 09:23:41

I need to replace my water butt but I have a problem.

The current one has the down pipe draining straight into it through the top with a cut out bit of wood acting as a lid.
I want to replace it as it doesn't have a tap and it a pain.
However there is a problem.
The down pipe is asbestos so I can't drill into it or cut it.
There is no drain below the down pipe! Therefore all the water must go into the water butt. However as this is just from a small flat roof extension so there isn't so much water.

Can I buy such a thing? Everyone I look at seems to have some fancy connection thing.

wonkylegs Wed 26-Oct-16 11:49:41

Could you not just buy a water butt tap and fit that to your existing butt?
If not try asking these guys www.waterbuttsdirect.co.uk they have a live chat option on their website so may be able to steer you

DesolateWaist Wed 26-Oct-16 14:07:44

I think I might have found the answer in B and Q.
The problem with the existing butt is not just the lack of tap but the lack of lid.

HaveYouSeenHerLately Wed 26-Oct-16 16:23:55

I don't know if you can fit a tap as per Wonkyleg's suggestion? Google/ YouTube may help.

My slimline waterbutt has a plastic downpipe straight through the plastic lid. My Dad used a drill piece that cuts drainpipe sized holes?! Sorry for lack of technical know-how! It was very easy smile

shovetheholly Wed 26-Oct-16 16:57:57

Yep, you can buy really big things for drilling huge holes. They are like really sharp pastry cutters. I sometimes put them on the drill for fun and chomp through things... then DH gets cross. grin

shovetheholly Wed 26-Oct-16 16:59:05

PS I had my downpipe replaced and it was not expensive to do at all - the plastic stuff is next to nothing, so it's just labour (and not a difficult job). So do be careful that you don't end up spending more to solve the problem than it would cost to replace!

DesolateWaist Wed 26-Oct-16 19:18:48

It's not just the tap though, it is the lack of lid that is the real problem.

shovetheholly Thu 27-Oct-16 08:17:58

I think we're all suggesting solutions for the lack of lid with the massive drill bits! You could cut a hole for the pipe in something roughly the right size and shape ...

ChuckBiscuits Thu 27-Oct-16 08:21:01

Yes I just drill large holes with my large hole cutter. I'd get a lid from ebay, buy a tap from wickes [you need a 25m drill bit], empty out the butt, fit the new tap, refit the water butt, drill a hole in the lid and then fit the lid.

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