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Questions tagged [gutters]

A channel at the eaves or on the roof of a building, for carrying off rain water.

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Underground downspout extensions - Are pop up emitters needed?

To move rainwater further away from a foundation than the standard 2~3 foot above-ground downspout extensions, what are the underground options? Example of standard downspout extension: (Photo from ...
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Why is water leaking behind my new rain gutter?

We had gutters installed by a contractor and we noticed water leaking from the back. The water appears to be rolling from the roof, over the roof apron, over the fascia, and then down the back of the ...
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Correct gutter installation to prevent ice dams?

We had new guitars, downspouts and gutter guards installed and now there's a huge ice dam. Should the downspout that collects water from upper levels be sitting in the valley? The downspout empties ...
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How to prevent water coming off non-gutter edge of roof?

On the side of our house that is perpendicular to the main roof ridge the roof (the ladders?) extends further by the ridge than it does down by the eaves. As a result, rain that hits close to the end ...
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How can water be diverted away from the street curb in front of my house?

How can water be diverted away from the street curb in front of my house? Several of my neighbors are draining water from their sump pumps onto the road and it runs down the curb and collects in ...
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Calculate rainfall intensity

To help size drainage, I'd like to calculate the maximum rainfall intensity for my particular location. How do I do that? I've found data sources that will give me the average number of inches of ...
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Rain chains at an angle from the vertical

I'd like to hang a rain chain, but not quite vertical straight down -- at a slight angle from vertical. What angle from vertical can I hang the rain chains, and still have them work? Are there any ...
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How to Install Gutters Under This Roof

Looking for advice on how to install (or if I should install) gutter under this roof. This is a back porch that sticks out from the house. Unfortunately the basement does extend under the porch, so ...
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Water puddle in backyard causing leaking in garage concrete wall

This is what I saw in the backyard of a split level home after a light rain The water was there due to overflow from gutter. I can clean the gutter but the puddle situation must be fixed as it will ...
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Move or remove a downspout inside brick wall

I just moved into 1912 townhouse in DC. It has cast iron drain lines for the gutter downspouts. One of the lines is clogged, but I assume it eventually connects to the sewer. At some point in the ...
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How do I calculate the size of the downspout I need for a gutter?

From what I've read, a 2x3 rectangular downspout is meant to drain 600 square feet of roof. But surely that depends on the rainfall intensity, doesn't it? 600 square feet of roof in Idaho is going ...
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Need help IDing this gutter part

this part that connects to the gutter downspout is a cap of some sort that goes over a receiving part that goes to sewer drains. I'm not sure what it is called. My home was built in the late 1920s. I'...
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Gutter End without downspout

I just built a covered porch. It extends 8+ feet from the house. The porch roof extends the house roof and one gutter from the house now extends across the porch roof -- ending well away from the ...
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How can I clean these small, enclosed gutters on a mobile home patio?

My friend owns a mobile home that has a patio over the front porch. There is a thin gutter system running along the length of the house & porch, terminating over the porch area. The gutter system ...
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Replace fallen gutters of a house to be knocked down in the next 6-8 months?

We in the process of finalizing a knockdown-rebuild of our house. Haven't signed up any contracts yet, but hoping to commence the rebuild within the next 6 to 8 months. This morning when we woke up, ...
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Installing Gutter Leaf Guard Under Shingle

This may be a simple question, but I just want to make sure I am doing it right. When installing a leaf guard on a gutter under shingles, which layer is best to put it under? I do not know much about ...
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Is there a type of extension cord I can use with a gutter heater?

I just purchased a gutter heater (yes I know it may not actually work), and the user's manual said not to use an extension cord. We don't have any outlets within the 6 foot range of the cord on the ...
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Keeping Rats Out Of Attic

A pest control professional told me that rats could be entering the attic through tiny gaps behind the gutter and up and under the drip guard. To even see the gaps he's talking about, the shingles ...
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Is this Gutter install right?

Today, I found my home has a gutter install as below: My question is: The hanger screw has penetrate through the metal drip edge and gutter the fascia (cover), is it right? I am thinking it should ...
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How can I clean high roof gutters?

My house is a tall colonial. At the tallest point the gutters are almost 30 feet above ground. I do not have a tall ladder and do not want to climb on a roof which is even higher. I do have a gutter ...
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Get dent out of downspout

A couple of my gutter downspouts have dents in them. Is there anyway to get dent out of downspout? Maybe take it to an auto body shop, LOL.
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What type of gutter screens are attached to the roof itself?

We hired someone to clean our gutters. They came and looked and said they had to remove the (screens?) first. When they came back to do that, they left in about half an hour saying they could not ...
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Seal the End of a Gutter

The gutter on the outside of my house I purchased needs a end cap replaced. However it's more of a square than any of the gutter caps at local shops. It seems like a strong type of tape that was ...
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Should I install gutters before addressing draining in the yard?

My house doesn't have gutters or downspouts, so I'm planning to install them. Parts of the yard also remain wet for days after a rain, so I'm planning to install some kind of drain system in the yard (...
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Do we really need rain gutters?

Every year I have to get on the roof and clean out debris, mostly pine needles from the gutters surrounding our roof. I didn't go up on the highest 2nd floor roof for safety reasons, so those gutters ...
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Downspout repair (with the 6 inch section)

I cut a 6 inch section out of a 3x4 inch downspout. How can i put it back together? I was installing a rain diverter and placed it too high. Thought about using 2 adapters but having trouble finding ...
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Tree growing into gutter. What's a good strategy?

I'm wondering what is a good long-lasting strategy to deal with it in a way that is respectful of the environment, i.e. the city does not allow cutting any trees.
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Repair leak on rain gutter

Can somebody suggest me a good way to repair a leak in the rain gutter? The rain gutter consists of coated iron sheet metal, it is not in the traditional semicircle form but it is bended to an ...
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wet spots on inside of garage wall

I have a simple cinder block garage. It is exposed on one side and adjacent to a neighbor's garage (6" gap) on the other. The side adjacent to my neighbor shows some water spots on the inside of the ...
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How can I unclog my gutter downspouts from the ground?

My house downspouts often get clogged with debris. Is it possible to clean them without getting on a ladder or on the roof? I was thinking about snaking my gutters. I made a quick trial using a ...
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Can I cap off this gutter downspout?

I have a gutter downspout about halfway through the lower section of a flat roof that currently connects to a rain barrel. The barrel is poor quality and sprung a leak that I have tried patching ...
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How do I drain this gutter away from the house?

In the picture below B is 2-3 inces below C A is 2-3 inces below C Currently the downspout goes to the main drain of the house I would like to drain the gutter on my lawn near point A What is the ...
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I need to change the slope of my gutters. What do I need to know for this?

My questions are at the bottom of the post Here is the picture that shows what I am trying to do The gutters are attached to the My questions: -in order to correct the slope would it be enough ...
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How can I close and seal an abandoned downspout opening?

I need to relocate the downspout indicated in the picture below. How do I seal the opening that will be left after I relocate it ? (I will post a separate question about how to redo the slope of the ...
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How to get a straight line on plastic guttering

We live in a climate (Utah) which can move from 0F to over 100F during the year. Our plastic gutters bulge away from the soffit, and it bulges itself; it also leaks at some joints. My long-term plan ...
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Roof Safety: how to clean gutters on high steep roof?

I recently bought a house and now it's fall so I have to clean gutters. I bought a fiberglass ladder and cleaned gutters one time already, but I did not feel safe/stable at all, that was quite a scary ...
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Prevent water from overshooting gutter at corner roof valley?

I have a large, steep roof section (~400sqft) connected by a long ~20' valley. During heavy rainstorms, the majority of the draining water completely overshoots the gutter, landing near the ...
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Adding an eaves drip edge to an existing roof installation

There is some water dripping behind the gutter, and I am thinking of installing a drip edge. From what I read a drip edge is installed under the ice water shield at the eaves. The ice water shield ...
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Superior option for gutters/downspouts?

I am looking at replacing a downspout and possibly some gutters. Currently I have the usual rectangular white aluminum downspouts and gutters. My concern with those is that they have limited capacity,...
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Draining from gutters

Currently at my house that I bought recently, I have one side of the house draining the gutters down some pvc pipes that end up draining into my sewage line. On the other side of the house, the ...
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How do I divert rain water that collects between two shed structures?

I have a pvc hoop shed that sits against the rear of my main resin storage shed. The rainwater flows down the taut tarp of the hoop shed & gets into the main shed floor. What's the best method to ...
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Coping stone mismatch on corner of roof causing water damage to my wall

I moved into my house 18 months ago and the back of my flat roof extension has drainage issues. You can see from the picture that the coping stones don't fit correctly on the corner (red circle) ...
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Downspout Joint Male-Female Position

In a downspout joint, should the female pipe always be down and the male up? I have recently installed my first downspout and I think I did it wrong by inserting the bottom pipe into the top one, i....
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How can I stop gutter water flow noise?

My gutter runs along the bottom of the roof and not around the bay window. Because of this there is very little sound insulation between the gutter and inside the bedroom and so we can hear water ...
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Replacing fascia board: what kind of contractor?

I was cleaning my gutters yesterday and I noted that the fascia board is coming apart. I don't have the time or skills to do it myself. What kind of contractor would be best to hire? The ones I can ...
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Can drip edge be affixed using adhesive?

I need to replace my drip edge on a low pitch modified bitumen roof. The edge is about 13' long and I had to rip the old one cause it was deformed and not working right. Under it is a sheet of what ...
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Best way to install gutters on roof with no vertical facia or eaves

Hopefully the photo will illustrate the problem. I have a roof that only has a sort of moulding that transitions from roofing to the walls. Since there is only about 3/4" of vertical material to ...
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Install new gutters and leaders

After a new roof was installed, a different crew is coming over tomorrow to install new gutters and leaders. Although they keep trying to sell me gutter guards, I said no, mostly after reading the ...
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Is the gutter on the side of my roof dormer necessary?

On each side of this dormer there is a small gutter which drips onto the roof and into the longer gutter and down the side of the house. If this short gutter wasn't there, wouldn't the water go to the ...
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Retrofitting drip edges with a wooden spacer?

I'm preparing to install gutters, but I've noticed that rain just flows down my fascia boards. I anticipate having a problem with water going behind the gutters. I saw this Q&A, but the solution ...