How to Install and Replace Gutters

How to Install and Replace Gutters

Create stronger, better-looking gutters by modifying standard gutter systems. Minimize joints; assemble strong, sleek-looking seams; and add roof flashing to stay water flowing into the gutters where it belongs.
Tools Required
Cordless drill
Duckbill tin snips
Extension ladder
Hex head driver
Offset tin snips
Pop rivet gun

Gutter Repair

Materials Required
1 1/4″ self-tapping hex head screws
1/4″ hex head screws (‘zippers’)
1/8-in. medium length rivets
Gutter flashing
Gutter hanging strap
Gutter sealant

Planning the Rain Gutter Replacement Project

Almost all home centers and full-service hardware stores sell guttering designed for straightforward installation. But with just a touch more work, you’ll use these same parts to place together rain gutters and downspouts that are stronger and better looking too.

Evaluate and Plan the Gutter Replacement Project
DIY gutter replacement can prevent substantially over professionally installed gutters, but there are a couple of pitfalls to observe out for. Inspect the fascia and soffit (Fig. B, below) for signs of rotted wood, which must get replaced before you set up the rain gutters. many homes have a trim board or crown molding nailed to the fascia slightly below the shingles. You’ll get to remove this, as we did, or add an endless strip of wood thereunder to make a flat plane for the gutters. In either case, prime and paint bare wood before you hang the gutters.

Draw a Sketch and Measure Your House Before Installing Rain Gutters

Fig. A (below) shows an example of a rain gutter system for a typical house. Record the length of the rain gutter runs and mark the downspout locations. Then count up the within and out of doors corners and end caps (note whether or not they are right or left ends). Measure the peak of downspouts and add four feet to every for the extension faraway from the house at rock bottom.

Each downspout requires three elbows. There are two sorts of elbows that turn either to the front or side of the downspout. Most installations require only front elbows, but occasionally you’ll need a side elbow, usually to show the downspout extension sideways. Here are a couple of planning tips:

Locate downspouts in unobstructed areas where water is often directed faraway from the house. Avoid locations with obstacles like electric meters, hose bibs, or sidewalks.
Place downspouts in inconspicuous locations if possible.
Install oversized 3×4-in. downspouts on gutters that drain large roof areas or if you reside in a neighborhood with torrential rains.
Slope long gutter runs (40 feet or more) down both directions from the center and put a downspout on each end.
Buy special roof hanger mounting straps for houses with out fascia boards or for fascias that aren’t vertical.

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