Rain Chains, Inc.
Garm Beall is an avid gardener and passionate about elegant accents in both home and garden. He founded Rain Chains, Inc. in 1998 on the themes of creative functionality and superior customer service. Our goal is to provide the largest selection and highest quality rain chain products anywhere.
About Rain Chains
Rain Chains (‘kusari doi’ in Japanese) are hung from the corners of your roof, attached to the gutter system to guide the flow of water gently to the ground. They have been used in Japan for hundreds of years. In the past, people used rain chains to guide the water from the roof into large barrels to be held until used for household purposes and gardening.
Rain Chains are a beautiful alternative to metal or plastic closed gutter downspouts. They guide water visibly downward to the ground. This is known as an "open" water flow system. Each Chain is 8 1/2 ft. in length.
Many customers are now incorporating Rain Chains into water features for their gardens.
Imagine a rain chain hanging from a shepherd's hook or from a tree branch. The water spills into a beautiful pot in which a re-circulating pump is placed. Tubing inconspicuously leads the water from the pot up to the top of the Rain Chain, to cascade back into the basin at the bottom. This concept could be used with a pond or pool.
Another alternative is to replace the pot with a container, whose top edge is set even with the ground. A lid with holes punched in it for water to drain back into the container, is set in place and covered with decorative rocks to hide it -- an old drywall bucket works great for this. Place the re-circulating pump inside the container, with tubing that discreetly gets the water back up to the top of the Rain Chain. Enjoy the sound and sight of the cascading water.
Rain Chains may be purchased in shorter or longer lengths for these installations.
Rain Chains also sound great! Using a gutter attachment piece (included), rain chains are easily installed for an efficient and elegant water flow system.
The Japanese often put a ceramic or stoneware pot beneath the chain, filled with water, so that when it rains, the water drips from the chain into the pot, creating a beautiful display.
Offered here is a 16" hand hammered copper basin -- lovely as a catch basin, birdbath, or as an interior element.
You can make a square out of redwood beneath the chains and fill it with small pebbles. If it is damp regularly, moss will grow between the pebbles.
A few medium sized stones or a single paver tile placed under the chain to break the fall of water, is an optional look.
A large, low bowl or saucer will make a good catch basin. If rainfall is heavy in your area, you might consider tilting the basin slightly away from the house foundation.
Customer Installation Pictures
Scallop Cups Compare L-XL Square Cups Double Loops
Copper Bells Lily Flower XL Scallop used as fountain element
Iron Flared Cups22" basin at base rock at base
Fountain with Shephard's Hook 2-story Deck Fountain XL Cups as vertical planter
Rain Chains in the Winter:
winter ice in Massachusetts winter in Connecticut
Be aware that you may need to account for the extra weight on the chain if the water on it freezes. We recommend using the Installation Kit for longer lengths instead of the V-hook, as it provides a more secure connection to the gutter. The use of heat tape or similar anti-icing method will reduce the chance for damage over time.
No warranty against damage from ice on chain lengths greater than 12 feet.