Monday, June 20, 2022

How To Make A Raised Planter Stand

Time To Start Planting and Preparing, here are some interesting ideas to get your garden going.  With this day and age we don't know what lies ahead so better to be safe and prepared just in case.  Below we have collected a few smart ideas on how to build a garden planter to help you navigate growing your own fruits and vegetables. 

It seems like it would be easy just dig up the yard and throw down some seeds; but truth is, most soils in the ground are not good for sufficient growth for human consumption.  Some areas are really good for growth, but it is hard on the body being in the ground bending and such.  With just a few pieces of wood and our 55 Gallon Blue Barrels, we will pass on this information we found from a really neat website:

The Owner Builder Network on 

 How To Make A Raised Planter Stand 

They state that you will need these Basic Supplies 

(3) 55 Gallon Plastic Barrels

2×4 Pressure Treated Lumber

And these tools:

  • Hand Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Clamps
  • Straight Edge (square)
  • Wood Glue
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Screws
  • Power Drill/Driver

Finished Product Goal


Build The Assemblies

You’ll need four assemblies for three drums. Begin by building the four support assemblies that will connect the 2×4 stringers. For simplicity, make them identical and symmetrical.

Plastic Barrel Raised Garden Bed
Plastic Barrel Raised Garden Bed

The legs are made from 4×6 pressure treated (PT) lumber, with the height of 26-1/4″. The cross members connecting each leg are made from 2×4 PT and are joined together using dadoes cut.

Attach Spacers

Using screws attach 2×4’s with the length of 2′ to the inner side of the 2×4’s connecting the legs of assemblies. These will serve as spacers giving the drums a snug fit and preventing them from rolling.

Plastic Barrel Raised Garden Bed Connect The Assemblies

After building the assemblies we are now to connect them together. Stake one of the four assemblies to the ground to prevent it from moving. Then measure the exact location where the next assembly should be attached. Stake the second assembly in the location determined earlier. You can then lay a 2×4 on top of the legs and fasten them using screw. After that side is done proceed to the other side. Attach a 2×4 on the assemblies’ cross member and screw into place.

Notice in this photo there is also a barrel in the background, which is a compost barrel. They have built a tumbler for that and there are building instructions for this as well on their website.  

There are many uses for these barrels; we here at Baytec Containers ave all kind of containers and pumps for both water storage and dry food storage would be the 55 Gallon Open Top Barrels if used for long term food storage.
We recommend our extra large 55 gallon Mylar Bag to store food in the open top barrels. 

We also have the mylar in both heat seal and zip lock in other sizes such as 5 gallon, 1 gallon and Quart Sizes as well. 

For this diagram this builder has decided to use the 55 Gallon Tight Head Barrels these are otherwise known as Closed Head or Solid Mold  Barrels; which are those with only the two opening caps.  

Another variation of the stand is here as a square.  You can do any size you need large, long or short.  Looks like most of the diagrams show the bung cap facing out, this may be so liquid can be drained off the soil if needed. 

For the exact instructions as these are altered for our blog.  Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial please see the exact website:

The Owner Builder Network on  

Please feel free to view our products which will help you along with this project as well as others such as Long Term Water Storage if paired with the Purogene Stabilizer.  Always make sure you treat your water if you are storing it for a long time, it will grow algae if untreated.  You can get this combo pack with everything you need for long term water storage. Click through to get this handy Combo Water Storage Pack at 


Thursday, May 19, 2022

How I use Water Barrels


When I was growing up, we had a lot of water storage solutions. We stored rainwater in underground tanks and also used big plastic water barrels to store drinking water. Anything that could hold water was used to store as much water as possible. 

This is no longer the case today. Nowadays, houses tend to not have enough space for big underground tanks or big plastic water barrels - especially in urban areas where space is limited. This has forced many people to think of other alternatives for storing drinking water at home. If you are also looking for an alternative solution to traditional storage solutions, this article will give you some great ideas on how you can use plastic water barrels as a safe and effective way of storing drinking water at home.


Plastic Water Barrels

That’s right, you can store drinking water in plastic barrels, and they work really well. Many people don’t know this, but plastic barrels were the original water storage solutions before the advent of underground tanks and water towers. The only difference between water storage solutions in the past and those of today is that the barrels of the present day are made from different type of plastic. 

The plastic barrels of the past had to be made from HDPE (high-density polyethylene) because it was the only material that was strong enough, safe, and affordable enough to do the job. Today, HDPE barrels have been replaced by other types of plastic materials. This is because some strong additives have been removed and replaced with safe additives. Most of these new additives are BPA-free, and that means that the water in the barrels won’t be contaminated and will be safe to drink.


Rotational Molded Water Storage

Rotational Molded Plastic Water Tanks are the most common modern-day water storage solutions. This type of water storage container is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which means that they are safe to store drinking water in. Rotational Molded Water Storage Tanks are more expensive than Barrels, but they are stronger and more durable. 

They are also easier to transport because they can be moved in one piece. There are two types of Rotational Molded Water Storage Tanks - Vertical Tanks and Horizontal Tanks. Vertical Water Tanks are the most common types. Horizontal Water Tanks are less common, but they are safer for areas that have Earthquakes or other natural disasters.


Food Grade HDPE Water Barrels

This type of water barrel is made from the same plastic as Rotational Molded Water Storage Tanks. The only difference is that the barrels are not rotated or molded. This means that they are quite a bit cheaper than rotational molded water tanks.

However, they are not as strong or durable as the vertical tanks. That doesn’t mean that they are not suitable for storing water, but they are not as safe. If you live in an area with a high risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural disasters, you should definitely go with water tanks. Water barrels are not as safe in these situations.


Rotating Cantilever Barrels

The Rotating Cantilever Barrel is basically a barrel that is shaped in a very interesting way. The barrel has a top and a bottom, and the top is a lid that can rotate. The rotating lid lets you remove the water without having to completely open the barrel. The rotating cantilever barrel is not recommended for storing water. It is more of a decorative item, and it is not as durable as the other water storage solutions. 

Moreover, it is not as safe to store drinking water in, either. The rotating cantilever barrel is not made from food-grade HDPE or other safe plastic. You should not store drinking water in these barrels because the water will not be safe and could be contaminated.


Stainless Steel Water Barrels

Stainless steel is a great material for water bottles and even water towers. However, it is not the best material for water barrels. Can you store water in stainless steel barrels? Yes, but you shouldn’t. Stainless steel barrels are not safe to store drinking water in. They are not made from safe plastic, and they don’t have the right additives to ensure that the water remains contamination-free.

 Stainless steel barrels are expensive and can be used to store other liquids, though. They are a great alternative for storing oil, gasoline, or other flammable liquids in your garage or in the backyard garden.


Summing up

There are many different types of plastic water barrels available on the market today. When compared to the traditional underground water storage tanks and water towers, they are a much better and more affordable solution. Plastic water barrels are easier to move around, easier to store and they don’t require a lot of space. 

They are a great solution for storing drinking water at home when you are living in an urban area where you don’t have enough space for other water storage solutions. There are a few important things to keep in mind when choosing the right plastic water barrel for storing drinking water at home. The first thing to look for is the plastic material of the barrel.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Navigating a Move With a Disability

Closeup shot of a hand closing a cardboard box with tape during a move.
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Moving with a disability isn’t impossible. But like any successful move, it takes a combination of planning, assistance, and care. Instead of letting your move overwhelm you, break it down into an organized list of steps and small tasks.

Moving can be strenuous for anyone and hiring help is never a bad idea. Professional movers can work with you to make sure you aren’t in harms’ way throughout the entirety of the process and can be there to help as much or as little as you’d like.

Furthermore, specific resources are available for people with disabilities when it comes to financial assistance for a move and ensuring the new living space is fully accessible. MYMOVE is here with a simple guide to help you discover those resources and learn what you can do to ensure a smooth move.

Make Sure Your New Home Is Accessible

First things first — before you begin packing up and moving from one home to another, you need to make sure your new living space is accessible and meets your needs.

Start with a home accessibility checklist

When it comes to accessibility, your home should make it easy for you to move around, use the bathroom, and go about your daily life. Assessing your home may feel overwhelming, but you can start with this dedicated home accessibility checklist to analyze your living space. It covers everything from ramps and slopes, parking, entryways and halls, bathrooms, bedrooms, and more. Depending on your disability, you may not need to make every single update on this checklist. But know that it’s a good way to keep track of everything you should be thinking about for your new space.

Hire specialized professionals to make accessibility updates

If you need to make modifications in your new home, hire professionals who can complete the work successfully. Organizations or companies like the UDS Foundation can provide individual assessments, home evaluations, and help with construction and installation. You can also find independent contractors through services like Home Advisor. Though these contractors may not work solely in accessibility improvements, you can provide your list of needs to see what they’ve had experience working on before.

Know your renters’ rights

If you’re moving into a rental, it’s important to understand your rights surrounding the relationship with your landlord and what you’re permitted to modify or update in your living space. According to the Fair Housing Act, your landlord may not discriminate based on your disability or ask discriminatory questions surrounding it. If you feel like this could be a problem where you’re moving, consider consulting with an attorney about your options.

Disabled tenants also have the right to request accommodations that are directly associated with their disability. This can include accommodations like living with a service animal or having a dedicated parking spot close by.

It’s generally legal for tenants with disabilities to make modifications and updates to the rental unit to accommodate their needs. Common modifications include adding a wheelchair ramp or installing special handles on doors.

These modifications, however, must be approved by your landlord. If your landlord thinks the modifications will create an “inappropriate living condition” for the next tenant, you may be asked to remove the modifications when you move out. In order to get your proposed modifications approved, you may need to provide proof of your disability and a description of the changes.

Double-Check Your Insurance, State Services, and Other Forms of Disability Assistance

If you’re moving to a different state, you may want to check with your insurance providers and other organizations to make sure you can retain the same disability services once you relocate.

Social Security

If you use Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, there’s no need to worry about what happens when you move. As long as you’re moving within the United States, federal funding stays with you from state to state. You won’t need to re-apply for social security, though you’ll need to notify the Social Security Administration about your address change and new living arrangements.

Private insurance or state services

With private insurance, you’ll need to call your insurance provider and let them know about your move and any changes to your living arrangements. You’ll likely need to update your policy, though rates could vary depending on if you’re working and where you’ll be moving.

If you use state services for your disability, you’ll need to reapply for them in your new state. This process should be similar to what you’ve gone through before, but you should double-check with your new state government to make sure you have all the proper paperwork you need to apply.

Financial Assistance for Moving With a Disability

If you’re in need of financial assistance for your move, there are a variety of resources and grants you can apply for.

Here are some links to helpful financial resources:

  • is a great place to start when searching for government grants. On the site, you can custom search for grants related to your disability. Keep in mind that the site adds new grants periodically. Make sure to check back even if you haven’t found anything right away.
  • Elderly or Disabled Living is a 501c3 registered charity that provides financial assistance for low-income seniors or people with disabilities. The application process is free and starts with a simple registration online.
  • The Administration for Children & Families is another resource you can check for government financial assistance. The agency offers grants for families, children, individuals, and communities. Many of these grants can also be found on the site, but the agency website has more information about specific government loans and resources.

7 Moving Tips to Help You Get Organized Before and After Moving Day

The more you plan and organize, the smoother your move will be. Creating a to-do list can help ease the stress of an otherwise busy time period. Try using our seven moving steps to make moving with a disability an easier process:

1. Create a moving checklist

Creating a moving checklist can help you track your tasks and ensure that you aren’t missing anything. You can create a personalized online checklist when you sign up with MYMOVE!

2. Get rid of unnecessary clutter

Leading up to your move, focus on decluttering and getting rid of everything you don’t need. Your move will go by even faster as long as you focus on the necessities. Getting rid of the excess will make your new home feel organized and refreshed.

3. Make a home inventory

Moving can be hectic no matter how much you prepare — and this is also magnified if there are movers coming in and out of your home. Preparing a home inventory helps you keep track of everything you own so you know exactly what’s coming with you to your new place. It’s especially important to create the inventory after you’ve decluttered so you can remember what you’ve gotten rid of and what should be in your new home.

4. Pack light

As you begin packing things into boxes, pay attention to the weight as you go. Even if you won’t be the one picking up the boxes, it’s usually easier for everyone to move faster with lighter boxes. If it’s too light, the movers can always stack two boxes on top of each other. When it’s too heavy, though, it will take longer to move and your box could break.

5. Prepare an essentials box

Once you get everything into your new home, settling and can feel even more hectic than the move. To minimize stress, pack an essentials box for your first week or so in the new home when everything still needs to be unpacked and organized. This should include basics like clothes, toiletries, books, and linens, but it also needs to include anything that will make you feel more comfortable.

Don’t forget any medicines you may need, and make sure you have easy access to wheelchair accessories and anything else you’re used to having on a daily basis.

6. Plan for a final walk-through with your movers

If you’ve hired movers or have people helping you, make sure you do a final walk-through before they head out. Make sure you can handle everything left after Moving Day. If the furniture isn’t in the right places, you’ll need the movers to help you put everything in the right spot. If you’re unable to unpack, movers can do that for you. Before they leave, just be sure everything has been unpacked properly and nothing’s been forgotten.

7. Organize as you unpack

After the big move, unpack little by little so you don’t get overwhelmed. Start with your essentials box, then keep going in order of importance. If you love to cook, unpack your kitchen first. On the other hand, if you want to make your living room feel at home, start with your TV and entertainment center so you can relax.

Hire the Right Moving Company

Hiring a moving company is helpful for everyone, but can be a necessity if you’re navigating a move with a disability. If you have loved ones helping you out, that’s great. But professional movers are still the way to go in order to make the move as quick, safe, and efficient as possible.

But it’s important to find the right moving company — one that has experience helping people with disabilities move. You should find a company that can move special equipment, such as wheelchairs, CPAP machines, lift chairs, and more. They’ll provide extra care and can even help you put some equipment back together if it requires disassembly to move.

When you’re looking to hire a moving company, do some research. Make sure they’ve worked with people with disabilities in the past. Ask them if they specialize in moving certain equipment. It could make the difference between a good and a great moving experience.

Questions for the moving company:

Before hiring a moving company, be sure to ask them:

  • Have you helped a person with a disability move before?
  • What types of equipment have you handled in a move?
  • What are your cleanup procedures once the move is over?
  • Will you bring extra ramps and protective gear for special equipment?
  • Are the movers able to help unpack if needed? If so, is there an additional fee?
  • Can the movers put together medical equipment?

You may not feel the need to ask all of these questions, but they can help give you an idea of the moving company’s expertise in helping people with disabilities move.

The Bottom Line

Moving with a disability requires the same amount of planning and preparation as any other move. However, you do need to take a little extra care to make sure you’re comfortable before, during, and after the move. To do so, make sure you get the help you need and have all your ducks in a row well ahead of your moving day. Following MYMOVE’s moving steps and creating a custom checklist is well worth it in the long run when you can finally relax in your new home.

How To Make A Raised Planter Stand

Time To Start Planting and Preparing, here are some interesting ideas to get your garden going.   With this day and age we don't know wh...