Plumbing – How to fix a leaky spigot on a rain barrel


I created a rain barrel using an old plastic 55 gallon barrel and a brass spigot. I drilled a half-inch hole in the side of the barrel for the spigot, wrapped some plumbers tape around the threads, and screwed it into the hole. Only one problem, the spigot leaks…a very slow drip at the base. How do I prevent it from leaking?

Rain barrel
Close-up of spigot

Best Answer

I used hydraulic (marine) epoxy to seal the hardware to the plastic barrel. Hasn't leaked in about 8 years.