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Replacing Your Gutters – DIY

Posted on 14 May 2018 by admin (0)

Step 1: Map out your gutter run

Before making gutter purchases, you need a map of your home and a map of the existing gutter system. Know the length of the gutter run and how many downspouts the gutter system requires, and the length of those downspouts. If the existing gutter system served you well, it is easier to copy it and simply replace with a new system, keeping the current downspouts in the same area. Pen down all measurements and the items you’ll need before heading to the hardware store.

Step 2: Mark gutter positions

If the gutter run is 35 ft. or even less, the highest point of the gutter run will be at just one end, sloping downwards toward the downspout. Set the high point 1 in. down from the top of the fascia. Ideally, this slope should be graded with 1/4 in. for every 10 ft. of a run.

If the gutter run is greater than 35 ft. in length, the highest point should be at the center of the run, sloping downwards to the downspouts on either end. Set the high point 1 in. down from the top of the fascia. Ideally, these slopes should be graded with 1/4 in. for every 10 ft. of a run.

Step 3: Install the downspout outlets

Using 1¼ in. deck screws fix the downspout outlets. They should be attached at the end of the house and ensure they are firmly attached.

Step 4: Hang the gutter hangers

Attach the hangers to the fascia every 24 in. using same 1¼ in. deck screws. These hangers support the gutter in a way. Ensure you leave some space at the ends of the supports for gutter caps.

Step 5: cover the gutter corners

Just in case your corners are without a downspout and they aren’t situated at the end of the gutter run, you should use gutter covers. They prevent leakage of water from unexpected places, thereby, preventing damage and giving the gutter a longer shelf life.

Step 6: Cut and install gutter sections

Cut the gutter sections carefully so they can properly fit between the outlet of the downspout and the end of your roof. Place the cap over the end and hook the gutter to the hangers.

Connect the gutter sections from the ground using special connectors and fit the gutter into the hangers. It is good to have someone help you support the gutter while hanging them.