Consider rain chains as a decorative alternative to drains. You can listen to the melody of flowing streams only during the rain, but this it is often enough to relax. Additionally, this is an opportunity to save on drains and replace them with an original, decorative element that simultaneously collects water from the roof and demonstrates the beauty of its movement to everyone nearby.
The Principle of Operation of Rain Chains
Copper rain chains are open-type structures, in which water moves in a cascade, flowing from one tank to another. Usually, containers are holed bottom decorative pots in the shape of a cone, placed funnel up. With the addition of some light rain, the jets go into the hole from the bottom; during a heavy rain flow, the jets go come from all edges of the pot. Between themselves, the containers are fastened with a decorative chain, which is what has termed the whole structure as “kusari doi”, which in Japanese means “rain chains”. The top of the structure is fixed on the eaves, right below the water flow, and the chain is securely fixed to the ground with an anchor.
The goods are tied and lowered to the bottom of the water intake, so that during strong gusts of wind the chain does not swing and avoids hitting the building. In the design of the rain chain, an important element is the catchment basin, to which the edge of the chain is fixed to protect against wind. For what kind of climate does such a structure fit? With all its originality, rain chains raise many questions. The most frequent is how appropriate they are in a cold climate with harsh winters, because if snow falls there, then after the slightest thaw, it can turn into a block of ice. Is this enough to break off the eaves? In fact, everything depends on the choice of the shape of the rain chain. In Japan, where the climate is mild, many identical containers are most often used in the construction; however, in northern countries, the shape is somewhat different. Rain chains can be hung in any climate, so long as you choose a design that takes into account the severity of winter. To prevent a lot of ice from growing on the rain chain in winter, you can choose a model consisting of large links that don’t require the use of tanks.
You can also create a masterpiece by yourself and many gardeners do it very well. Consider the most interesting forms of rain chains that you can make yourself. The most popular model of the rain chain is the design of metal copper pots, as it looks organic in any landscape. Design such as those of teapots or children’s watering cans can be crafted. From old teapots or ordinary plastic watering cans, you can create an original chain in either country style or any other variations. The basis on which the whole structure will be supported should be a decorative chain. Fortunately, it is easy to find in any flower shop. After acquiring a flower chain, you can hang kettles or watering cans from it, thereby ensuring that the nozzles fall just above the hole and collect water in the downstream tank.