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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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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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COPPER RAIN GAUGE
 
4.7

(based on 82 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (74)
  • Visible at A distance (56)
  • Easy to secure (51)
  • Weather proof (51)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (66)
  • Back yard (61)
  • Front yard (44)
  • Porch (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (60), Budget shopper (10), High-end shopper (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (53), No (18)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband (22), Other (14), Self (13), Father (12), Wife (5)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (23), Christmas or hanukkah (20), Other (14), Anniversary (9), Father’s day (3)

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5.0

Exactly what I'd hoped for!

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from Atlanta, GA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back Yard
    • Garden
    • Porch

    Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

    I bought this for my husband as a seventh "copper" anniversary gift. He loved it! Because the stem is 2' long, we placed the gauge in a planter I our back deck. It works just as described and is easy to read from inside the house. We've only had it "in action" about two weeks, but hopefully it will stand the tests of Father Time and Mother Nature. It's perfect so far!

    • 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

    Functional & Beautiful

    By 

    from Columbia, MO

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Visible At A Distance
    • Weather Resistant

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

        This was the 2nd time I purchased this as a gift and it was again well recieved. It is well made, beautiful, and practical too.

        • 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

        This is a replacement, a great replacement

        By 

        from Mt. Pleasant, IA

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Visible At A Distance
        • Weather Resistant

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Back Yard

          Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

          This replaced one that we couldn't find after last winter. It functions well and is pretty accurate and easy to read from inside the house.

          • 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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          5.0

          Dandy Addition to our Back Yard!

          By 

          from Kokomo, Indiana

          About Me High-end Shopper

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back Yard
              • Front Yard
              • Garden
              • Porch

              Comments about COPPER RAIN GAUGE:

              another fine transaction

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

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Rainguage

              By 

              from Granbury, TX

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              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

                Comment on this review

                 
                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

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  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

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    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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