Kusari Doi Rain Chain

In considering a beautiful modification to a guttering system, the home or business owner might wish to install kusari doi rain chain in place of downspout. A variety of rain chain designs are available, and can add enchantment to an otherwise standard gutter system. Rain chain downspouts are decorative and unique, forming beautiful miniature waterfalls at the corners of your roof.

Originating in Japan, and used for centuries there and other areas, Japanese rain chains also known as kusari doi rain chain, have enjoyed widespread popularity in many places. Modern day rain chain designs are made from copper, brass, aluminum, glass, plastic, and other materials. The function of rain chain is to direct water down from a roof, normally where the water from the gutter would flow into the downspout. Although the water is not contained, in the way a downspout would perform, the kusari doi rain chain is designed to direct the downward flow of rain water, in miniature cascades.

Kusari Doi Rain Chain Options

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Kusori Doi Rain Chain

Measuring approximately 8 1/2 feet high (rain chain with extenders available), the rain chain is usually a series of fluted cup-like containers, attached one below the other, which catch the water, and flow through a hole in the bottom of each cup into the cup below it. These little containers begin from the very top, where the downspout would attach, almost to the ground. The containers can be adjusted in height by removing one or more of the cups from the rain chain. At the bottom, the water can empty onto the ground, or into a decorative container filled with colored stones, glass stones, or even into a rain barrel.

The delightful visual and sound effects produced from a rain chain is similar to a miniature waterfall, which performs beautifully when it rains. The sound of the water cascading down the kusari doi rain chain produces a melodious and joyful sound which will be heard as long as the rain continues. This is not true of a traditional guttering system.

How Much Kusari Doi Rain Chain Costs

Aluminum rain chains and copper rain chains are comparable in price, approximately $70. The buyer may expect to pay more for brass or for custom designs. Rain chain prices may increase a bit if a special installation kit or gutter attachment piece is needed. Design on each rain chain will vary, offering a wide selection to the buyer. Some rain chains do not have the fluted cups, but may instead be composed of teardrop or other attractively shaped links, as in a chain. Each may produce a bit of a different sound.

Why Install Kusari Doi Rain Chains?

Rain chain downspouts, if made from copper, will develop a lovely patina over time, lending an ancient and exotic appearance to the overall effect. This is why copper is the most popular rain chains. However, they all have the same function, often out-performing downspouts. They can prevent flooded areas which are often a problem with a standard guttering system, and the force of the water is often lessened.

Problems with foundation moisture, soil erosion or plant damage can be eliminated, especially if using a rain barrel or decorative container to catch the water. Underground culverts or hoses can further divert water from the area, if using a catch container.

Rain chains are unique and beautiful, enhancing areas that otherwise go unnoticed. Installation is easy, and the price is very reasonable. For all this, and more, adding Japanese kusari doi rain chains to the corners of a shop or home is definitely an attractive alternative to standard downspout.

Fat Letters with Student Report Cards?

Childhood obesity is growing at an alarming rate. I don’t think parents like to see their kids become overweight, obese or underweight. I believe parents try their best whenever they can to help their children live a healthy life by setting good examples. That said, nowadays some schools across the U.S are sending ‘fat letters’ as part of report card to parents who have overweight or obese child. Students and parents who receive these fat letters are not happy at all.

Who gets fat letter?

Schools that send fat letters to parents have decided to do annual student weigh-ins. Once student weight is measured and the height is known, a school calculates student’s body mass index or BMI. The BMI result falls into four categories. The BMI categories are underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese. If a school child has elevated BMI, he or she will fall under overweight or obese category, and the fat letter is issued. The idea is spreading fast and so far schools in about 19 states send fat letters to parents as part of report cards.

Are fat letters a solution?

I am not sure if by sending fat letters as part of report cards will make parents as well as individual student take action. After all, pediatrics who tends these students always reminds parents to encourage their kids to eat healthy. Healthy diet is only possible if a parent make time to prepare food at home instead of eating out to restaurants and fast foods often. Not only that, parents can encourage their kids to do more physical activities rather than playing video games or watch TV all day.

Can schools get fat letter?

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Fat letter sample

We all know that part of the reason why childhood or youth obesity is on the rise is because of lack of physical activities and unhealthy diet. School children spend more than one third of their day at school. I am not trying to blame or shift parenting responsibilities to schools but can a school receive a fat letter too? Why am I asking myself this question? They eat lunch at school and I do expect physical education is on the schedule every day. So if lack of physical exercise and unhealthy diet contribute to the problem, schools should take part in combating childhood obesity problem as well. Provide healthy food and allow healthy snacks in the vending machine.

You can read more about schools that are sending home fat letters and report cards on this article. The article gives feedback and concerns from parents and students. Although it is something that many students and parents disagree, it is becoming popular in many school districts. In a year or two, I will not be surprised to hear that more than 75 percent of schools across U.S send fat letters with report cards to those students who are overweight or obese.