How To Install A Rain Chain

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How To Install A Rain Chain
How To Install
A Rain Chain
• Rain chains are a fun, and beautiful alternative
to a downspout.
• Use the following as a guide.
You’ll need
the following:
❏❏ Gloves
❏❏ Rain chain
❏❏ Tape measure
Let’s get started
1. Determine the best place for a rain chain.
• Look for places where downspouts can
lead to landscaped areas, rain barrel and
where overflow can be diverted from
foundations, are best.
❏❏ Hacksaw
❏❏ Hanging bar
❏❏ Leaf filter
(if needed)
❏❏ Tin snips
❏❏ Stones or gravel
(optional)
4. Add hanging bar to opening in the gutter.
• This can be a small metal “u” shaped bar
that is secured to the gutter opening.
2. Remove the downspout (if necessary) from
the gutter).
3. Cut the gutter opening with tin snips into a
“hula skirt”.
• Use a leaf filter if needed.
5. Secure the chain to the bar per the
manufacturer’s instructions.
• Bend these 2 1/2” strips toward each
other, so that they fold in towards the
chain.
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6. Decide on length of rain chain.
• It should reach from the gutter to the
ground (or rain barrel, if desired).
7. Run the chain to the tank or to a landscaped
area.
• Rocks and/or a shallow basin can be used
to create a lovely focal point.
8. If in a very windy area, anchor the bottom
of the chain.
MAKE IT COUNT!
• After installing your rain chain, learn about the environmental benefits your water redirect
provides.
• Go to www.treemapla.org to plot your water feature on the map.
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