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

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How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?

During heavy rain, the water collects from my second floor roof and runs onto the first floor roof as it should. The problem is that since all this water is now concentrated from the second floor ...
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What is the safe/correct way to work on gutters? From a ladder or from the roof?

I am very comfortable working on the gutters (usually just cleaning them) from one story up by just sitting on the roof. I do this on my own home over the garage and at my parents one-story home. I ...
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How do I stop the dripping noise from my gutters?

It has just recently started raining where I live, and I am new to this house. When the rain ceases and the water is dripping from the gutters through the drain, I can hear the dripping from inside ...
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What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable?

Had some roof work done last year after mother nature abused my house by way of an errant tree branch. I had always suspected my roof had poor ventilation, most notably when I wound up with a 200 lb ...
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How can I quiet a noisy downspout? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I stop the dripping noise from my gutters? I have metal downspouts that come down from by gutters. One of them happens to be right by my bedroom window. When the rain ...
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How should I hang Christmas lights where I don't have any gutters?

I finally got around to hanging Christmas lights this year. I bought gutter clips so I wouldn't have to permanently install anything, but I just realized that I don't have gutters along a pitched ...
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What are my gutter guard options?

As I mentioned in a prior post, I'm planning to add some gutters to my house. I see that there's wide variety of gutter guards available and was curious which ones are better? As far as I can tell,...
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Should I replace fallen gutters?

This past winter a heavy snow fall ripped two sets of gutters off our house, and I haven't had a chance to re-hang them yet. One is over our back door and it's really annoying having the running off ...
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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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Why aren't there more PVC gutters in the U.S.?

I am originally from Europe and you do see a lot of PVC gutters in my country, especially in construction that is done on a tight budget. It seems to me PVC would be a legit material to make cheap ...
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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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What can I do about a window well that is filling up with water from below the surface?

I have 2 covered basement window wells on the side of my house. When it rains heavily, they fill up with water from beneath the surface. There are 4 downspouts from the gutters on our roof. They run ...
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How can I clean out my gutters while still on the ground?

My roof is taller than I'm comfortable getting on a ladder. I've got a couple weeds/trees starting to grow in them. Is there a tool that would somehow let me scrape or use water-pressure to clean the ...
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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 can I prevent water from getting behind the gutter?

A friend of mine is having a water problem; the water is coming down behind the gutter. It turns out the drip edge isn't covering up the gutter completely on the one side for a considerable length of ...
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How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?

We've had a heavy dose of snow here in the Boston area it has taken a toll on our gutters and downspouts. The downspout at the rear of my house filled with ice and pulled away from the elbow that ...
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How do I fix gutter nails that are coming out?

Many houses in my neighborhood are about 5 years old and are experiencing similar problems with their gutters. The nails holding them up are pulling out little by little. A couple homeowners had ...
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What is the max distance between top of gutter and the roof tiles?

I am about to replace my gutters, one guide I have read say the gutter should never be more then 30mm below the bottom of the roof tiles, another says 50mm. What is the reason for this? What is a ...
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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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How much drainage pipe should I bury for a new downspout?

I've installed a new downspout to drain a section of gutter that was getting overloaded during heavy storms. The rest of the downspouts all terminate in corrugated black tubing that's buried in the ...
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How to fix drainage from gutters?

I have two drains on the side of my house that have been filled in and no longer properly drain. I know they dont go anywhere because I just finished trying to unclog them with a rented drainage snake ...
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What are some good downspout options for a brick house?

I need to replace the gutters and downspouts on my house, and I'd like to know the best approach. The house is 100 year-old clay brick house. The old gutters were aluminum and used downspouts that ...
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Connecting downspout to first floor gutter

I am looking to connect my second floor downspout to the first floor gutter. In any sort of wind, the water misses the gutter completely and makes a big mess. I found the thread here very helpful ...
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What are the pros and cons of vinyl gutters?

I need to add some gutters to part of our house and I'm seriously considering vinyl gutters because they seem REALLY easy to setup (with minimal tools required too). That being said, I've heard some ...
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How do I clean gutters?

I am trying to clean the gutters of my house. Is there any special ladder that I need to use to do that? Do I also need some other tools? Any reference link or pictures will be highly appreciated. I ...
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Plastic bucket under gutter downspout

I am doing some work around my gutter downspouts and found that underneath the ones at the front of my house, someone had buried 2-gallon plastic potting containers (upside down). There was a piece ...
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Is caulk a good temporary fix for a gash in fascia board?

I was helping a friend with her house, and it turns out there is a pretty sizable gash in her fascia board right above where the gutter is nailed on. It's oval-ish, about 6 to 8 inches wide by 2 to 4 ...
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Gusher Guard for Roof?

I do not have gutters but the water does gush off of the roof in front of my front door when it rains. Where can I find something like a gusher guard that I can attach to the roof?
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How should I put a gutter downspout on a corner of my house surrounded by pavement?

I'd like to install gutters on my house to direct water away from the foundation, but one front corner is surrounded by driveway on one side and a paved walkway on the other curving back to the front ...
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Switching downspouts to the other end of a gutter

What kind of accessories are available for switching the downspouts to the other end of the gutter? I'm not as concerned about the downspouts themselves as much as the connection to the gutter. I'm ...
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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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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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How can I prevent the water from my neighbor's leaky gutter from entering my basement?

There is some water leakage in my stone basement on my neighbor's side (which is otherwise, very dry for a stone basement). As you can see from picture, the side of our house is loose stone (may be ...
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How do I safely place an extension ladder on an uneven surface?

I'm a new first-time homebuyer who needs to clean out my gutters. They are jammed with fall leaves. My home inspector told me to get a ladder and a leaf blower to do the job. The only problem is ...
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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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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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How can I puncture an eaves trough full of water and not get wet?

I bought my first house this past spring and I am fixing it up. My property has a tear down type garage on it that I'm currently using as storage. (I'll get a new garage eventually at some point but ...
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Gutter Installation

Should gutters be placed above the garage door? I have a roof that peaks like a mountain (hip?). Most houses I see have gutters around the house but the roof above garage is largely ignored. I will be ...
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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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What could cause water to not go into the gutters?

I recently installed vinyl gutters around the roof of my house, but after the first rain I discovered that the gutter doesn't seem to be catching a lot of the water. Much of the water seems to be ...
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What rivets should be used for gutter work?

I'm looking to buy pop rivets to do some gutter replacements, but the smallest "advertised for gutter work" pack available was a 100pk. I'd probably only need 20 at the most (short span). There weren'...
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Deteriorated downspout replacement

The downspout out the back of my apartment has completely deteriorated. I didn't get around to looking at it when I moved in last summer, but finally got on a ladder and took a photo today: So as you ...
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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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Best way to affix downspout to vinyl sided house?

I am seriously thinking of getting a 1000 gallon tank to divert rain water for use in the garden in the dry summer months when water is most expensive where I live. I order to place the tank somewhere ...
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Bowed laminate flooring on slab: How to proceed?

I recently bought a house with laminate flooring in a partially-below-grade room that sits on a concrete slab. The owners ripped out carpeting in the room and installed the laminate prior to putting ...
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Gutter pitch configuration

I have a shed withe following gutter/downspout configuration: The problem at the moment is that there is standing water in all of the gutters. The gutters are not sagging, but they are perfectly ...
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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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how to attach gutter when there is an additional trim board on fascia?

This question could be slightly misleading because I am not 100% sure of the terminology. I am replacing an old gutter - see existing installation below. My understanding (from this article) is that ...
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How can I secure loose gutters?

Along the back of my house there is a gutter approximately 20' long. The lower end is coming away from the house. A couple of years ago I replaced several of the old gutter nails with gutter screws. ...
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What are the pros and cons of louvered gutter alternatives?

One part of our house has a gutter nearly 30' above grade (a dry-laid brick patio outside a walkout basement), which never gets cleaned out because I don't enjoy being on a ladder that high, and that ...