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Is there any way you could add a pipe going through the wall, and direct it to an adequate exterior drainage spot, and then route the gutters to that pipe? That said, if this atrium is open to the sky, redirecting the output from the gutters isn't enough if you want to add a solid floor. Where is the rainwater going to go? You'd probably need to add a roof ...


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Can you tear up the courtyard and put a leach field under it before laying down the floor, thus preserving the through-ground drainage now present? Can you consider rain-permeable material as flooring? (Some ideas here and here, or investigate other options.) Other than those, the only idea I've got is a sump, a pump, and run the pump's output thru ...


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While the consensus so far has been 'get rid of them', my first question was, how to work with them? I'm not looking to just pay money to get rid of something that could've lasted for over a hundred years just fine. My first question is still unanswered, how to repair the metal wrapping over the wood? Going further, how would one restore the wooden gutters? ...


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Hardness is a good way to check wood for damage without pulling it apart. Take a nail and press it into the wood where you know the siding is in good shape. Then, do the same where you suspect damage. If the wood is softer, then you can assume it has some amount of water damage. If you want a more direct, verifiable method your best bet is to yank a ...


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It shouldn't make a huge difference but higher is better as you ideally don't want it to spend most of its time submerged. Using the provided clips is a better solution long run as this puts less stress on all the components of the system.



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