Mounting 00899 Rain Gauge

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I had searched this site for ideas about mounting a model 00899 rain gauge but was unable to find anything. The manual is not particularly help, either. I ended up asking a friend to see if he could come up with something and I wanted to share the outstanding result. He used galvanized pipe, threaded at the top, and fabricated a base roughly the same size as the base of the rain gauge. The base screws on to the pipe (for removal during cold weather) and the base of the rain gauge is attached to the metal base with two screws, for removal for battery replacement. The pipe was roughly 6' long, so we were able to drive it about 2' into the ground, making it very stable.
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Hello ruralbob,

Awesome set up! We appreciate your feedback. We mainly recommend the following when mounting.

  • To ensure accurate rain measurement, the rain gauge MUST be placed on a flat, level surface.
  • Ensure the rain gauge is not placed in a low spot that could become flooded or in an area where there are obstructions above it.
  • To maximize wireless range and communication, install the rain gauge at

    least 3 ft (.9 m) above ground. Place both the display and the rain gauge

    away from large metallic items, thick walls, metal surfaces, or other objects

    that may limit wireless communication.

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I guess I wasn't clear about "not helpful" regarding mounting. I realize everything you say here is in the manual (I did RTFM) and the device my friend built meets all of Acurite's specifications for mounting. What is not clear in the manual is how one goes about meeting those specifications, i.e., what does one mount the rain gauge on? (I don't have a deck railing.) I shared this with the Acurite community because it was a solution that met all of Acurite's requirements and I had not seen anything like it posted anywhere on the support pages. FYI, I checked the calibration and it was within .04" of what the manual said it should be. It rained last night - my rain gauge measured .25", exactly what WeatherUndergound reported for my area - so the gauge appears to be working fine. I hope this clarifies things a bit.
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Hello Ruralbob,

We do appreciate your sharing your setup.  It looks great.  As long as it follows the guidelines Tori posted above it would meet the guidelines that we recommend. It appears to be working correctly the way you have it mounted. Please let us know if there is anything further we can assist you with.