Rain Chain Large Traditional Links- Brass
- Solid brass chain links are perfect for the understated, simplest, elegant chain in keeping with original Japanese intent. Hard to find solid brass chain like this anywhere else.
- Very popular as an architectural element.
- Comes in unfinished, pure brass.
- Each Rain Chain comes with a gutter attachment piece (V shaped piece of metal). We recommend purchasing the optional Gutter Installation Kit with every Rain Chain.
Rain Chain Large Traditional Links- Brass Specifications:
- Link Width: 1 1/4"
- Link Length: 2 1/4"
- Thickness: 1/4"
Installation of the Rain Chain Large Traditional Links- Brass:
- Installation is usually straight forward and simple. Rain chains hang from the hole where the downspout was, using the gutter attachment piece provided. When there is a mismatch because the hole is larger than the chain, a separate Gutter Installation Kit is used to reduce the hole and focus water downward onto (or into) the chain. The Installation Kit also provides an outlet tube, preventing water from creeping along the underside of the gutter and dripping off.
About Rain Chains:
- Rain chains are a beautiful and functional alternative to traditional, closed gutter downspouts. Guiding rain water visibly down chains or cups from the roof to the ground, rain chains transform a plain gutter downspout into a pleasing water feature. From the soft tinkling of individual droplets to the soothing rush of white water, they are a treat to listen to.
- Rain chains ('kusari doi' in Japanese) in concept are not a new idea. For hundreds of years, the Japanese have used the roof of their homes to collect water, transporting it downward with chains and finally depositing the rain water into large barrels for household water usage.
- Link designs are the closest to the original form. They tend to splash more than cup styles, and this may be important when they are considered for areas that are near doors, windows or walkways.
- Cup designs are an improvement over links chains in performance and efficiency. With open bottoms, they act as funnels, focusing the water from one cup down into the next one.
- At the Bottom: The Japanese often put a ceramic or stoneware pot beneath the chain which fills with water, so that when it rains, the water drips from the chain into the pot, creating a beautiful display. You can make a square out of redwood or cedar beneath the chains and fill it with small pebbles. If it is damp regularly, moss will grow between the pebbles. You can also place a single paver tile or a few medium size stones under the chain to break the fall of the water. Hammered Copper and Aluminum Dishes, with a loop in the center, are sold separately and work perfect with Rain Chains.