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Have Your Fill of Physics

The idea for this curious precipitation collector all started thousands of years ago with the simple question: "Is all that glitters gold?"

Posed by Ancient Greek King, Hiero II, to resident smarty-pants, Archimedes of Syracuse, the answer would change the world of physics, forever. Archimedes was summoned to ensure that the king's solid gold crown contained no lesser metals. The laurel-shaped headdress puzzled the thinker, since he did not know how to measure the crown's volume without damaging it.

Later, when he took to his tub he noticed that the water level rose as he entered the water and it lowered back down when he lifted himself back out. He suddenly realized how he could measure the volume of crown. According to legend, he leapt from his tub and ran through the streets of Sicily nude shouting "Eureka!" (Greek for "I found it!")

Centuries later, the World's Coolest Rain Gauge turns Archimedes' fantastically fun principle of water displacement into a refreshingly original lawn or garden accent. As the water flows into the copper collection flue, the buoyant, foam tube sealed inside rises to show water accumulation. Attractive and informative, this nifty pluviometer makes your backyard a little more interesting. Made in New Paltz, New York

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Item ID
21517
Made from
copper
Measurements
Stake: 24" H; Gauge: 6" H x 3" dia.
Notes
Care instructions: occasionally clean the tube and flute with warm soapy water and a bottle brush. Do not use lubricants or abrasives.

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COPPER RAIN GAUGE
 
4.6

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (72)
  • Visible at A distance (53)
  • Easy to secure (50)
  • Weather proof (48)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (64)
  • Back yard (58)
  • Front yard (43)
  • Porch (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (57), Budget shopper (10), High-end shopper (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (50), No (17)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband (20), Other (14), Father (12), Self (12), Child (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (22), Christmas or hanukkah (20), Other (12), Anniversary (8), Father’s day (3)

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5.0

Rainguage

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from Granbury, TX

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Visible At A Distance
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

  • Have None Yet

Best Uses

  • Back Yard
  • Front Yard
  • Garden

Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

He has not received it yet, so I don't know how it will work for him

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Other
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Birthday

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5.0

Awesome

By 

from WI

About Me Budget Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Secure
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back Yard
    • Garden

    Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

    My husband has wanted a rain gauge for a long time and had seen this one in you catalog a long time ago. When I saw it again I decided it would look great next to another copper sculpture in our garden. Not only is it attractive but it really works!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

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    5.0

    Soooo Cool!

    By 

    from Olathe, KS

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Secure
    • Weather Resistant

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back Yard
      • Garden

      Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

      We usually go through a rain gauge every year. This one is built to last AND it adds class to our garden. Rained just the other night and it popped up just like the turkey probe on Thanksgiving. Very cool.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Husband
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Father’s Day

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      5.0

      Nice Rain Gauge

      By 

      from Maine

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Secure
      • Visible At A Distance
      • Weather Resistant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Front Yard
        • Garden

        Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

        Gauge arrived in pristine condition. My husband wanted a nice rain gauge and I thought it would be a nice gift for our anniversary. It was easy for him to install in the front yard. Looks very classy by our rose bushes. It's easy to check how much rain we've received by how high the insert goes.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Husband
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Anniversary

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        5.0

        rain gauge

        By 

        from denver, co

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Secure
        • Visible At A Distance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Back Yard
          • Front Yard
          • Garden

          Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

          Came earlier than expected. Product works as advertised. Is attractive

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Husband
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          A Winner!

          By 

          from Buffalo, NY

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Visible At A Distance
          • Weather Resistant

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

          This product was a gift for my son, who has planted his first vegetable garden in his backyard. He is enjoying it and appreciates the design. He is a very discriminating shopper and the fact that he likes this says a lot!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Child
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

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          5.0

          Perfect seventh anniversary gift

          By 

          from Indianapolis, IN

          About Me High-end Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Weather Resistant

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Back Yard
            • Garden

            Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

            Beautifully crafted and well made. It has real heft and makes a statement without being garish.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Husband
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Anniversary

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Great rain gauge -- best of all I've had yet!

            By 

            from Gettysburg, PA

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Secure
            • Visible At A Distance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back Yard
              • Front Yard
              • Garden

              Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

              Love the copper -- looks so good in my garden!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Husband
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Birthday

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Perfect Gift For Anyone!

              By 

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Secure
              • Visible At A Distance
              • Weather Resistant

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Back Yard
                • Front Yard
                • Garden

                Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

                Very attractive and very useful item. Interesting in its own way.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Birthday

                Comment on this review

                 
                4.0

                Pleased with purchase

                By 

                from Minneapolis, Minnesota

                About Me High-end Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Secure

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back Yard
                  • Front Yard
                  • Garden

                  Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

                  We've only been using the gauge for a week, but we are very pleased with how solid it is and how it looks in our garden. I don't know how they could improve it, but it's hard to see quarter-inch marks from a distance. But we can always go out and check after the rain stops, so it's not really a big issue! Highly recommend.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Self
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Other

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