Functional and beautiful, rains chains are a more pleasing alternative to the traditional ugly drain spouts mounted on the side of homes. These versatile water features divert water run-off from any structure to a rain garden or barrel for collection. Rain chains work by breaking the normal stream of water runoff forcing it to gracefully flow down a chain to the desired location. Rain chains are not only beautiful and easy to make they also manage water run-off to help reduce foundation and environment damage.
Some materials are necessary to create rain chains. You will need a stake, a gutter strap, binder clips, or shower rings and some decorative rocks.
Select a location for your rain chain. Choose a site that is highly visible like a corner garden. Most rain chains are installed in pre-existing rain gutters. Remove the old gutter downspout. Use a garden hose to clean the gutter to make sure it is free of any obstacles preventing water flow. To determine the length of the chain, measure the distance from the roof to the ground.
To create an easy rain chain, simply link shower rings or binder clips together until you reach the desired length. This is the stage where creatively really pays off. For a more decorative appearance attach copper fish, cups, bells, flowers or birds between rings. Be creative. The possibilities are endless.
To hang the rain chain, loop a single ring around the gutter strap. Insert the gutter strap into the gutter opening allowing the ring to drop through the hole. Attach the rain chain to the single ring. Affix the stake to the bottom chain and hammer the stake into the ground. It is important to make sure the gutters are securely fastened to the roof. Heavy chains may require additional support.
To finish the look, strategically place rocks around the stake to assist with water runoff.