How to Install Rain Chains

Rain chains can provide a pleasant feature to your garden and home. They are an exotic and interesting way of channeling water which fills the gutters around the home. They provide a much more aesthetic solution than your average plain downspouts. They are quite easy to install, and you can easily do it in an afternoon. There are also some practical advantages associated with rain chains. You do not have to worry about the downspout getting clogged up with dirt and debris, which makes it easier to maintain. The rain chains work by guiding the water towards the ground or into a barrel.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Rain chains
  • Screwdriver
  • Gloves
  • Drill with 1/8 drill bit
  • Galvanized exterior screws
  • Metals snips
  • Rope
  • Tent peg
  • Ladder

Step 1 – Remove Existing Downspout

The first step is to remove the existing downspout. The downspout will be attached to the wall by a number of brackets mounted to the wall with screws. Simply undo the screws systematically, starting from the bottom and working your way up to the top of the spout. When you are working with the downspout, it is a good idea to wear gloves, as they most likely have very sharp edges. Carefully remove the downspout and dispose of it appropriately. You may want to keep it in storage in case you ever need to use it again, although if you wish to dispose of it, it is a good idea to take it to a recycling center.

Step 2 – Drill Pilot Holes

Get the electric drill and attach a 1/8 drill bit to it. Drill a couple of pilot holes into the back of the gutter and into the fascia board. Each hole should be approximately even with the sides of the opening of the downspout.

Step 3 – Apply Screws

Using the drill with a screwdriver bit or simply a manual screwdriver, place each screw. Be careful not to pull the gutter out of the position it is in. The screws will increase the amount of weight which the gutter will be able to take. A rain chain is relatively heavy, so it adds weight to the gutter, and because of this, the gutter needs to be more firmly attached to the house so that in the event of heavy rain, there is no risk of it getting broken.

Step 4 – Install Rain Chains

Place the prongs of the top of the rain chain into the opening of the downspout. Open it to mount the chain onto the gutter. Spread the prongs over the gutters so that the rain chain is firmly held in place. You can secure this chain to the ground using a wire or a rope attached to a tent peg. This will prevent it from moving in the wind and causing damage to any surrounding objects. You can use metal snips to cut the rain chain to a shorter length if required.