Questions tagged [gutters]

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

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Downspouts smaller than 2x3?

I have an old metal overhang from when my home was built back in the 60's. It has in integrated gutter and currently no downspouts to direct the water. I went to Lowes and purchased the smaller ...
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Chicago flat roof gutter overflow

Two 19th century Town houses share 1800 square foot roof water run off. Water goes to a large 9" galvanized gutter then down a single 50 foot 5" galvanized downspout which conects to only one houses ...
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Screwed up gutter install, best next steps?

First I thought it would look alright but on closer look, I see the gutters are not just behind but under the drip edge and have the exposed facia. While I paid with CC and can just charge back the ...
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Upper roof downspout emptying onto lower roof

I have an upper roof downspout emptying onto a lower roof. the downspout exit sits near the side of the lower roof, and water falls off the side before continuing down to fall into the lower roof ...
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How do I repair or replace a fascia gutter end caps?

I have a fascia gutter with no endcap at all over a window. When it rains, water pours down over the Window which seems bad... What I'm struggling with is locating an end cap to fit the gutter. ...
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Proper gutter downspout location on sloped ground for shed

I built a shed last year on sloped ground, using concrete piers. I didn't get around to adding gutters, and was contemplating not doing it. But, the water seems to be eroding some areas of the soil ...
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Is there any reference (or probably web/online calculator) to figure the size for downspout pipe for a known flow rate

The total flow rate of water collected by the gutter of my roof is known (50 L/minute). I need to figure the safe size for my downspout pipe for this roof. What's the minimum diameter for the ...
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Gutters overflowing!

My gutters always overflow during even moderate rain. I have large roof sq. footage and steep angle. My gutters are standard 5". I'm thinking i need at least 6". Will this help? Will 7" be even better,...
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Can I approximate flow rate of a roof with known flow rate of another roof?

My main building roof I need to know the flow rate (FR, for example Litre per minute) of water coming out from the gutter of this roof. The easiest way would be catching the flowing water coming out ...
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Proper shingle placement in corner

I had my roof replaced about a month ago and recently noticed that when it rains, a strong stream of water pours from the roof onto an adjacent window in the corner. In this problem area, I have one ...
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What's a better option: Half Rounded or k-style gutters? [closed]

I've been going back and forth about gutters, what size, style and cover I should buy. I recently saw rounded gutters and loved the look. But are they better?
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Name for wooden board that supports fascia, drip edge, soffit, and gutter?

QUESTION What is the name of the wooden beam that supports fascia, drip edge, soffit, and gutter? The nomenclature is important because it is hard (if not impossible) to Google anything without ...
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When is it necessary to paint a wooden fascia (barge) board?

Context: a Florida roof and gutter is to be replaced, however the fascia wood was rotten and replaced. The plan is to be covered by aluminum fascia and has a drip edge. When does it make sense to ...
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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 ...