ORIGINAL RAIN CHAINS (Kusari doi)
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How to install Rain Chains

The installation options will vary depending on the design and shape of the rain chain. We will provide a detailed instruction on how to install each type of rain chain.

Rain chain installation guide

Attaching rain chain weight

Rain chain installation guide for toh / toh L / tama / tama L / take / shikisai

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Attachments:Stainless steel gutter outlet, bracket, wing nut, hexagon nut (2).

Please click HERE for attachment details.

Installing rain chain on a square gutter

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  1. Step1

    Φ45mm hole (Φ60mm hole for L size rain chain) in a gutter for an outlet.

  2. Step2

    Pop in a gutter outlet and apply caulking as needed to seal a joint for leakage prevention.

  3. Step3

    After attaching a designated long bolt on the top of a rain chain, screw a hexagon nut onto a long bolt, then pull up through a stainless steel gutter outlet.

  4. Step4

    Put a long bolt through the center hole in a bracket, pull up, then screw a second
    hexagon nut firmly.

  5. Step5

    Screw a wing nut tightly on top of a hexagon nut.

Notes
*There had been a case where a rain chain had fallen off, due to a rainstorm which caused a nut to become lose from hard swinging. Please take measures to lock a nut by bending a screw point or crushing a thread.

Installing rain chain on a round gutter

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  1. Step1

    Cut about Φ25mm hole (Φ40mm for L size) in a round gutter. Fold the clipped edges down vertically.

  2. Step2

    After attaching a designated long bolt on the top of a rain chain, fasten a hexagon nut onto a long bolt, then pull up a long bolt through a gutter hole.

  3. Step3

    Put a long bolt through the center hole in a bracket and screw a second hexagon nut tightly.

  4. Step4

    Screw an additional wing nut tightly over a hexagon nut.

Rain chain installation guide for hamon / migumo / migumo L / ajiro

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Attachments:Stainless steel gutter outlet, bracket, stainless steel wire.

 

Please click HERE for attachment details.

Installing rain chain on a square gutter

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  1. Step1

    Cut Φ45mm hole (Φ60mm hole for L size rain chain) in a gutter for an outlet.

  2. Step2

    Pop in a gutter outlet and apply caulking as needed to seal a joint for leakage prevention.

  3. Step3

    Hook a stainless steel wire to the top of a rain chain and pull up a wire through an outlet.

  4. Step4

    Fasten a stainless steel wire onto a bracket and fix it in place so that it is positioned at the center of a hole. Cut off excessive wire.

Installing rain chain on a round gutter

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  1. Step1

    Cut about Φ25mm hole (Φ40mm for L size) in a round gutter. Fold the clipped edges down vertically.

  2. Step2

    Set a bracket in the middle of a hole from STEP 1.

  3. Step3

    Pass a stainless steel wire through the top of a rain chain and pull up a wire through a gutter hole.

  4. Step4

    Fasten a stainless steel wire onto a bracket and fix it in place so that it is positioned at the center of a hole. Cut off excessive wire.

Attaching rain chain weight

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In principle, please use either weight or anchor at the bottom end to stabilize the rain chain. If it is not stabilized, strong wind or rain will swing the rain chain and may damage the building and in other instances the rain chain itself could be damaged. Mainly, there are two methods to stabilize the rain chain.

1) Use weight for stability.

2) Stick an anchor into the ground and tie it to the bottom end of the rain chain.

Attaching rain chain weight for toh /toh L / tama / tama L / take / shikisai

Attaching Amane/Amane L (weight)

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  1. Step1

    Pass a wire catch through the center hole in Amane from underneath and pull it up.

  2. Step2

    Put a wire through a circular sleeve.

  3. Step3

    Pass a wire through a rain chain. Hook a wire onto the lower intersecting metal fitting within a rain chain, as indicated on the left. Then put a wire through a circular sleeve once again.

  4. Step4

    Shift a rain chin upwards and ① pull up a circular sleeve. ② Then tighten a hexagon socket head screw onto a circular sleeve with a hexagon wrench.

  5. Step5

    Cut the excessive wire.

Attaching Amakage/Amabachi (weight)

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  1. Step1

    Pass a wire catch through the center hole from beneath a metal weight holder.

  2. Step2

    Place a weight over a metal weight holder. For Amabachi, place a tube on top of a weight holder (left illustration is for Amakage).

  3. Step3

    Place a circular sleeve on a wire.

  4. Step4

    Pass a wire through a rain chain. Hook a wire onto the lower intersecting metal fitting within a rain chain, as indicated on the left. Then put a wire through a circular sleeve once again.

  5. Step5

    Shift a rain chin upwards and ① pull up a circular sleeve. ② Then tighten a hexagon socket head screw onto a circular sleeve with a hexagon wrench.

  6. Step6

    Cut the excessive wire. For Amabachi, place gravels at the end.

Attaching rain chain weight for hamon / migumo / migumo L / ajiro

Attaching Amane/Amane L (weight)

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  1. Step1

    Pass a ball chain through any one of the holes (except the center hole) in a weight.

  2. Step2

    Pass a ball chain through the bottom ring of a rain chain, then through another hole in a weight.

  3. Step3

    Connect a ball chain under a weight.

Attaching Amakage/Amabachi (weight)

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  1. Step1

    Place a weight over a metal weight holder. For Amabachi, place a tube part on top of a weight holder as indicated on the left illustration.

  2. Step2

    Pass a ball chain under a weight holder as indicated in an illustration and pull it up.

  3. Step3

    Connect a ball chain to the bottom ring of a rain chain. For Amabachi, place the gravels at the end.

Attaching anchor ( applicable to every type of rain chain )

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  1. Step1

    Fix an anchor right below a rain chain. Select a suitable anchor according to the environment (over concrete surface, the ground, and etc.). Anchor is not included in the accessories.

  2. Step2

    Pass a ball chain through the bottom ring of a rain chain. (Optional ball chain for anchor can be purchased with a rain chain)

  3. Step3

    Pass a ball chain through the bottom ring of a rain chain and connect to an anchor.

  4. Step4

    Finish it up by placing the gravels to hide an anchor. Placing anchors will reduce the splatter of the rainwater.

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