The Chain?
ranjit_ji
June 7, 2012 in Photo Questions
Please advise of the purpose for the chain in the middle of the picture?
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Joseph I. Mycyk Architects, Inc.
To keep a blimp from floating away?
   June 7, 2012 at 2:43PM
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Arlene Warda, Architecture+Interior Design
It is a 'rain chain', water flows down it, it takes the place of a gutter.
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Joseph I. Mycyk Architects, Inc.
I was just kidding about the blimp.

I've seen rain chains before. I think they are a great architectural feature. I've never seen one end in the middle of a patio. Is there a drain at the connection? If yes, then this one is brilliant!!
   June 7, 2012 at 5:32PM
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Arlene Warda, Architecture+Interior Design
It is said that Frank Lloyd Wright invented the rain chain. It is on a lot of his fifties houses.

Yet it becomes inconvenient in winter, it becomes an icicle!
   June 7, 2012 at 6:14PM
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Joseph I. Mycyk Architects, Inc.
As an icicle it can also become a sculpture.

But if there was a drain at the bottom end where the chain is secure, it would work brilliantly, even in winter.

I have seen these also in Evanston, IL, on Prairie style homes where they come down off a large overhanging shallow roof and are anchord in the grass, not on pavement.
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SF Design & Build
It's a downspout for the gutters, instead of a long ugly piece of metal. It's asian, and it works excellent.
   June 23, 2012 at 7:01AM
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betsyt
Yes, I am the home owner. We installed drains at each chain bottom.
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Arlene Warda, Architecture+Interior Design
Nice chain, it looks like you are in southern California!
   November 13, 2012 at 11:34AM
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betsyt
San Carlos ;-) Norcal!
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