For those of you new to this contraption, it simply is pretty substitute for a down spout. Originating in the East, it guides rain through a series of cups, or simply down a series of links, to the ground (where you should have a rain barrel, or some way to guide the water away from the house foundation. My rain chain has been hanging for a couple of weeks. It has been unseasonably dry, but on the one day we did have a deluge, I had to laugh as the runoff from the roof gutter soared right over the rain chain. It really is meant to be placed somewhere that it only collects the falling rain (runoff from a roof, for instance, overwhelms it) but the corner of the garage is perfect, where I can see and sometimes hear it. Just a graceful addition to the overall yard. Love it. Linda
I purchased one rain chain for our front yard last year - It's so beautiful! Its functional, as well - in moderate, steady rain, the cups allow an even cascade. We added a copper pot below the chain to catch and divert the water into our garden. We have had many compliments from neighbors and passersby. This year we purchased a second chain for our backyard. I highly recommned this product!
My husband bought me two rain chains for my birthday. The lotus design is lovely. The only complaint I have is the connection at the gutter. I think we need to find some sort of connector to make it look a little more polished. Right now we can see the rough cut out for the original downspout. They are very easy to install and nice quality.
I've only had these up for a few months and they are all rusting so they are not 100% copper as advertised. (And yes, I know the difference between rust and a copper patina). I'll be having to replace them with rain chains from a local roofing supply company that has authentic cooper chains (you can tell the difference since they are much heavier than these). $$$ down the drain!