A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Installing Gutters

Installing or replacing gutters may seem daunting. However, it can be a quick do-it-yourself afternoon or weekend project with this guideline.

To start, you will need the following:

o 1 hacksaw

o 1 pair of tin snips

o 2 ladders

o 1 assistant

o 1 level

o gutter hangers

The hacksaw and tin snips will cut the new 10-foot gutter into smaller, usable sections. The ladders provide height and support for you and your assistant. The hangers, installed every 3 feet, supply durability. A pitch of ¼ inch every 10 feet provides the perfect slope to carry water through the gutter and into the downspout.

Adding a downspout to your new or existing gutter is simple. First, locate the section of gutter that sticks out of the bottom of your gutter, also called the drop outlet. Then, fit the new downspout over the existing drop outlet. Arranging the two pieces this way eliminates spillage and helps contain water flow.

Use self-tapping screws to secure the new downspout and drop outlet joint. Two screws can usually do the job, but add more as needed. A downspout extender is the final piece to this project. A downspout extender carries the water at least 5 feet away from your home and helps equal out ground water distribution.

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