How to Use Gutter Crimpers

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Gutter crimpers are hand tools that make fitting together enclosed sections of gutter downspouts possible. The tool reduces the size of one downspout tube to make it fit inside another section for making joints come together tightly. At least one downspout elbow section is added to the straight vertical pipe to divert the water runoff away from the outside walls of a building. Using gutter crimpers helps to fit together downspout joints that will not allow any water leaks.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet metal screws
  • Screw gun
  • Put the three-blade side of the gutter crimper's jaws into the downspout end to be crimped. Set the jaws of the crimp tool on a corner of the rectangular opening and squeeze the handles of the tool together.

  • Make three crimps using gutter crimpers along one of the short sides of the rectangular opening. Set the crimper jaws to space the crimps evenly without overlapping each other.

  • Place the crimper jaws onto a corner along the opposite short side of the downspout opening. Make three crimps along that side to reduce the size of the opening for fitting into a downspout elbow section. Make downspout joints by fitting crimped sections into standard-size pieces and securing them with sheet metal screws using a screw gun.

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