Do It Yourself Gutter Installation


Gutters are found on nearly all types of buildings. They help run rainwater to the downspout and away from the house. They are installed directly under the drip edge at the top of the wall just underneath the roof. Gutters are either aluminum or vinyl, and the installation of either follows the same procedures. They are installed at a slight angle so the rain does not sit in them.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Ladder
  • Chalk line
  • Gutter bracket
  • Drill
  • Gutter screws
  • Tin snips
  • Miter joints
  • End piece
  • Downspout
  • Downspout band
  • Masonry screws
  • Measure the perimeter of the house where the gutters will be installed. Add up the total linear feet of each side to determine how many pieces of gutter will be needed for installation. Measure the square footage of the roof. Multiply the width by the height to get the roofs square footage. The larger the roof, the wider the gutter will need to be for the rainwater to properly run off. Refer to the Uniform Plumbing Code for recommendations based on roof size.

  • Snap a chalk line straight across the eaves of the roof where the gutter will be installed. Move down 1/4-inch for every 10 feet of length and snap another line to figure in for the necessary slope across the entire roof. Snap a diagonal line from the top corner of the first line to the bottom corner of the second line. This is the slope the gutters will be installed on.

  • Snap a bracket into the gutter six inches from the end and every 18 inches down the first gutter. Line up the first gutter at the beginning of the house along the second chalk line.

  • Drill a screw through the first bracket and into the eaves of the house. Move down to the second bracket and drill a screw there. Continue down the gutter attaching all of the brackets with the gutter screws.

  • Overlap the second gutter by two inches and attach it just like the first was installed. Connect all of the remaining gutters on the first side of the house in the same manner until reaching the end. Cut the gutter to size with tin snips. Screw in small miter joints where each of the gutters overlap to secure the gutters in place.

  • Install gutters on the other sides of the house and continue along each side until all of the gutters have been installed. Attach an end piece to the gutter at the end of the house. Overlap it over the gutter and attach it with a miter joint. Run a downspout up to the hole in the end piece. Screw the downspout to the end piece with gutter screws and run it to the base of the house. Secure the downspout in place with a downspout band. Screw the band to the house with masonry screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful when working on a ladder. Make sure it is on stable ground when in use.

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