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Rain Chains for Gutter Downspouts?

Old 12-11-2018, 09:40 AM
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Default Rain Chains for Gutter Downspouts?

My house does not have gutters currently, and I have three spots that have fairly heavy water volume draining off due to roof valleys channeling water into one place. A typical gutter downspout would look out of place in two of the locations so I was thinking about installing a short gutter piece at each location and using a rain chain for the downspout. Has anyone used these before, and do they actually work OK? I am basically just trying to slow the volume of water down enough to not wash out my mulch. I would probably let the chain drain into a pot of some sort so it would just overflow in a heavy rain. Right now I might as well have a fire hose spraying from 12' in the air right down on my mulch beds.
Old 12-11-2018, 10:07 AM
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The downspouts will look out of place because you are so accustomed to looking at the house without them. Install eavestrough on the front of the house with the proper amount of downspouts and call your home properly maintained.
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I see the chains on many commercial buildings, big stores, hotels, etc out west (Colorado, the Dakotas, Wyoming) I figured it had more to do with water freezing in and bursting the downspouts. I think they look cool, but I've also wondered why the chain was so big. Damn sure more expensive than the downspout it replaces.
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It really all depends on the volume of water,we have no down spouts all chain they work ok(down spout would be better)one chain takes care of 2 sides of our roof and it will over flow the chain in a good down pour (maybe larger chain would help ours is 1/4 or 3/8). As the mulch problem I used a very large plastic nursery bucket,cut the bottom out and put it in ground till about 4 inches above filled with 1 inch size or less lava rock lots of that stuff around here works ok till a tropical storm passes by.
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Thanks for the bucket idea. I think I'll try that first. I thought about digging a hole and filling with some stone, but I was worried over time the stone would wash out into the mulch and yard. Leaving the bucket up a little should solve that problem. Will be a lot cheaper too. Thanks!
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I've seen much bigger chains than what was described used in the Caribbean. They seemed to work fine but it did not rain very hard when I was there. I just thought they looked so much better than what you normally see on a commercial building (Hotels & restaurants). I don't know where you could buy them though but I'm sure a quick interwebz search will turn them up. These were 4-6" in diameter. Might put them in the MD house. My MA house needs all new gutters soon :-(
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The chain system doesn't work well in high wind areas ..... I know this based on first hand experience. The chains do work well in low flow gutters.
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Neighbor put these in last year. He also put a fence drain under the collection basin and all in it works pretty well even during downpours but not as well as the gutters that were there previously. Looks a helluva lot better though. Readily available on the interwebs search motors.
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You might consider 6" half round galvanized gutter and run it long [2-4' past your fascia board]. With no end cap on that end. You can deal with the water with a barrel or a gravel pit. No downspout needed and the galvanized is strong enough to be unsupported for that distance.
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I'll never own a rain chain again. Even in a moderate rain mine couldn't keep up. Then it overflows at the top and really messes your mulch up. Not to mention they clog very easily.
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Originally Posted by NC Mike View Post
I'll never own a rain chain again. Even in a moderate rain mine couldn't keep up. Then it overflows at the top and really messes your mulch up. Not to mention they clog very easily.

Never seen them but went to YouTube and watched video

We just did a screened in porch and like to have one on the gutter downspout on porch

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I have two installed (made out of copper) and they work pretty good even with the strong rain of S FL, in addition to the chain you would need to buy/ install the accessories in the link below, which helps direct the rain down the chain (from gutter) more uniformly. My wife installed a decorative bowl at the bottom of each and I filled it up with nice river rocks and buried the end of the chains in them to prevent them from swinging in case of a strong wing. I would post pictures of them but I took them down while go about doing some repairs around the house now that is not that hot outside.


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