- Dismantle the vertical downspout where you plan to hang your rain chain. Leave the horizontal gutter in place.
- Clear the molded vertical opening that connected the gutter to the downspout. Use heavy-duty work gloves to clear debris that may have accumulated.
- Run a garden hose along the gutter. Turn on the tap. Water should run clear through the gutter and out through the drain hole in the gutter.
- Install a sturdy metal rod across the opening horizontally. Be sure the rod extends several inches on both sides of the drain hole or opening.
- Attach a large S-hook to the rod where it crosses the drain hole. Secure the S-hook with florist's wire wrapped around the hook at its point of contact with the rod.
- Slip the top links of three chains through the end of the S-hook. Allow the chains to hang down in place of the downspout.
- Braid the chains together until about 6 inches of unbraided chain hangs from the bottom. Tie the bottom together with florist's wire.
Things You Will Need
- Work gloves
- Garden hose
- Metal rod
- Florist's wire
- 3 lengths of copper or stainless steel chain
- Collection device
- Place a copper pot, stone crock, rain barrel or other water-collection device below the rain chain. Use the run-off water for laundry or gardening.