Written by Jessica Chaffins
I’m so excited now that I finally get to put some of these EMPTY wine bottles to use!!! As much as I have enjoyed accumulating most of these bottles, I have grown tired of looking at all these things just laying around…EMPTY at that!! Oh well. Back to what I was sayin’….I have finally figured out a very beneficial use …a “rain chain”!! For those you who might not know what that is, a rain chain is a replacement for a downspout on your gutter system that disrupts the flow of water. It helps to keep the water from pounding into the ground, in turn causing the ground to erode around the foundation, which will cause serious foundation problems (already been down this road, rather not go back).
The only issue I was running into was that we don’t have any gutters on this portion of the house, sooo means no downspout!! Well then…..after looking around at a lot of wine bottle yard decor ideas, people were placing them on posts sticking up from the ground. Hmmmm…..why not do this as a rain “chain”?? Well after scouting out what all I would need for a rain chain….I decided I would just use steel rebar to hold all my wine bottle “funnels” (click here to read about creating these in my previous post) coming up from the ground instead of suspending them on a chain from the roof.
After preparing my bottle necks for this project, I scouted around the garage and shed for steel rebar. Luckily we had a scrap piece of 4′ rebar in the shed (surprise, surprise). Either way it is cheap, just saving me a trip from the store. Steps from here are pretty simple. We went outside to place the rebar in the ground, pounding it in about a foot. Might not be necessary to have it this far in the ground, but better safe than sorry. Then I just slid my “funnels” down the steel rebar. TaDa…now I just watch and observe….making adjustments as needed. It is a good thing that today it is raining a good bit so I can make sure I have optimal placement of this setup.
I know it may be nothing special, but it is working out for me. Not something everyone would mind having in their yard (according to the odd looks I get from my hubby), but after I do a few more cosmetic touches it will be fine. I will have to add a small rock bed to help with water flow and splatters otherwise we will still have issues. But that will be another post for another day 🙂 In the meantime I have left two larger stones to help, but will definitely be dressing this up.
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– Sincerely Renee & Jessica