Rain chains are a kind of decorative downspout for a gutter system. Rain water pours out of the gutter and onto a series of rings or cups. These help to channel the water down to the ground where it is either stored in a rain barrel or simply diverted away from the building. A set of rain chains can add a lot your house in both appearance and sound.
Note: Rain chains are not as efficient as an enclosed downspout and cannot handle high volumes of water. In heavy rains, much of the water will splash out of the cups and onto anything nearby.
Step 2: Materials
Here are the materials and tools that you will need for this project
Chain (enough to reach from the gutter to the ground)
Decorative Cups or Candle Holders
Brass Plumber's Chain
Drill and Bit Set
Hole Saw (That is slightly larger than your chain)
Hole Saw (That is slightly smaller than your chain)
Dremel (or other rotary tool)
Step 3: Decide on How You Want the Rain Chains to be Set Up
The first thing that you need to decide is where you want the rain chains to be set up. I recommend setting them up in a place where you can enjoy the sight and sound of the rain chains such as a covered porch.
Next you need to decide what you will have below the rain chains to handle the water. You don't want all that water just splashing down around your foundation. You could just use a splash block to divert the water away from your house. But the ideal solution is a rain barrel that can store water for later use with your lawn or garden.
The last thing that you need to decide on is the number and spacing of the cups. More cups will make more noise and will control the water better with less splashing.