Copper Rain Gauge

This cool rain gauge employs Archimedes' principle of water displacement in an original outdoor accent.

$45.00

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.

Made in the USA
Made from
copper, polycarbonate
Measurements
Stake: 24" H; Gauge: 6" H x 3" dia.
Care
Occasionally clean the tube and flute with warm soapy water and a bottle brush. Do not use lubricants or abrasives.
Notes
Maximum capacity of gauge is 5.5 inches.
Item ID
21517

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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UncommonGoodsCopper Rain Gauge
 
4.6

(based on 161 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (121)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (131)
  • Visible at A distance (97)
  • Weather proof (93)
  • Easy to secure (92)

Cons

  • Deteriorates/rots (3)

Best Uses

  • Garden (106)
  • Back yard (101)
  • Front yard (72)
  • Porch (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (102), Budget shopper (23), High-end shopper (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (118), No (23)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (59), Birthday (36), Other (24), Anniversary (13), Father’s day (7)

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5.0

Excellent value and quality

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from San Francisco

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Visible At A Distance
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back Yard
    • Garden

    Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

    This gift was exactly what my mom was hoping for this year. Great quality and able to be read from a distance. Looks great in the backyard.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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    5.0

    I love this crazy thing!

    By 

    from Hollister, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back Yard

      Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

      My husband is always telling me how much rain fell and he always exaggerates. This keeps him honest and it's fun too.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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      4.0

      Cute little thing- perfect for Grandpa!

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      from Manhattan Beach, Ca

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • could use smaller increments on measuring tube

      Best Uses

      • Back Yard
      • Front Yard
      • Garden

      Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

      Immediately upon opening, the gauge was thrust into the backyard garden, just in time for one of the few occasions if rain we have here in sunny Southern California. Although the 50 year old rain gauge Grandpa usually uses has not been 100% replaced by this product, I am certain that after the data has been collected and compared, the new gauge will win out over it's contemporary. Grandpa is a retired Systems Safety Engineer, and he loves his data. I loved this unique item that

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      • Yes
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      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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      5.0

      Beautiful and practical

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      from San Jose, CA

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Weather Resistant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Back Yard
        • Front Yard
        • Garden

        Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

        We love this. It's a lovely addition to our garden and captures and measures rain quite well.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        5.0

        Best Rain Gauge Ever

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        from san francisco

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        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Visible At A Distance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

          looks great, works great

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

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          5.0

          Exquisite

          By 

          from Naples, FL

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Back Yard
            • Front Yard

            Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

            Product exceeded expectations. .

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

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            4.0

            great gauge

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            from N. Virginia

            About Me Budget Shopper

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Secure
            • Weather Resistant

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back Yard
              • Front Yard
              • Garden
              • Porch

              Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

              Actually Works.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

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              5.0

              Perfect rain gauge

              By 

              from Navarre, FL

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Back Yard

                Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

                Attached to our fence and is great addition to our yard decor. Interesting how it works and able to read the gauge from a distance. It's a conversation topic with guests. Had been looking for a new rain gauge and this is perfect. Our sons will be receiving one this next year as a gift.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Beautiful design and functions perfectly!

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                from Scottsdale, Arizona

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back Yard
                  • Front Yard
                  • Garden

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

                  I love this rain gauge! Being in the copper-rich state of Arizona, the design looks fabulous in our garden. The fact that there isn't glass to break like our previous two did was a huge factor in the purchase. Plus the very visible blue bobbing measuring guide allows for a quick glance of the rain while inside. And yes, we do get rain in the desert! I would highly recommend due to the beautiful design and functionality as well as the quality.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                  5.0

                  Unique, wonderful, works, easy to read

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                  from Detroit, MI

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                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Visible At A Distance
                  • Weather Resistant

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Back Yard
                    • Garden

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Copper Rain Gauge:

                    We had this rain gauge before gave it away in a house move. Are glad to get it again and find that it is every bit as good as we remember.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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