Proper Gutter Installation


Rain gutters are a necessary part of any home in areas where there is regular rainfall. Gutters keep water from collecting in the soil around the foundation. Excessive amounts of water near the foundation will cause concrete to crack and leak, which may cost a large amount of money to repair. Properly installing gutters will take a few days, so set some time aside. Improperly installing gutters now means more work later on.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Tin snips
  • Drill
  • Rivets
  • Rivet gun
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Gutter part
  • Gutter flashing
  • Gutter outlet
  • Gutter straps
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Measure all horizontal portions of the roof on your house. Also measure any vertical areas that will require a downspout, adding four feet to the length of the downspout pipe to draw water away from the house.

  • Cut the front and the backside of the gutter using a tin snip. Bend the gutter in the middle so that the bottom portion bends, then cut it.

  • Join the gutter together by cutting a 4-inch section in the notch portion of the gutter to fix together gutter sections, and 2-inch portions in the notch for inside or outside corner pieces. Join gutter portions together using a pop rivet gun, drilling a 1/8-inch hole into the gutter first, then popping in the rivets.

  • Caulk the seam on the inside of the gutter using a caulk gun. Cut the caulk tube with a pair of scissors and insert a nail into the hole to open it. Press out a small portion of the caulk and spread it along the seam.

  • Mark the area on the gutter where the downspout will be located. Place the gutter outlet on the gutter and trace around it. Place the end of a chisel over the hole and pound it gently with a hammer to make the hole for the tin snips. Cut out the outlet hole with tin snips. Place the outlet into the hole and rivet it in place.

  • Measure the area for the gutter and use a level to snap a chalk line along the gutter area to make it straight.

  • Screw the gutter to the chalk line, installing one gutter screw every 2 feet.

  • Slide the gutter flashing underneath the shingles at the edge of the roof. Lap each section 2 inches to make it waterproof. Screw the gutter straps in place every two feet.

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