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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Water seeping through stained concrete in slab foundation - during heavy rain only

I bought a house in north Dallas, about a year ago, the house was built in 2000 and it is a single story house. There were no problems reported or found during the inspection for the foundation or 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 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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How to keep pine needles out of a gutter?

The gutters on my house have screens over them to keep out leaves which seems to work but I have pine trees close enough to my house that I get pine needles all over my roof and the screens do nothing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When should I worry about icicles on my gutters?

I've lived in my house for 9.5 years, and originally had cheap mesh screens on the gutters. I would see maybe one or two icicles on the roof after a bad storm, but nothing serious. A few years ago ...
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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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Rain gutter backs up and overflows in heavy rain

I live in a terrace house and my gutter keeps over flowing every time it rains heavily. I've found out that my gutter is a bigger size than both my neighbours' gutters on either side of me. Can I ...
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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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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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Allow downspout discharge to cross a sidewalk in a freezing climate?

I have two downspouts whose discharge I need to get past a sidewalk. Currently for each gutter, corrugated tubing is run underground, under the sidewalk, for approximately 20 feet where it discharges ...
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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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How to prevent rain grate on the garden from shifting or collecting debris?

My downspouts go along the wall down to the garden level. I will install rain grates below it to collect the water and direct it to the street. I will make something like that. I think being buried ...
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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 ...
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Will dark gutters stay ice free better than light colored gutters?

There is a good answer at the related question What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable? about ice dams and such. I have a dark colored roof and I have dark colored leaf covers (...
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Do bump outs on colonial homes typically have gutters?

I am going through a home inspection of a 100 year old home that was built in 1915. It is common to have a bump-out of 1-3 feet off the home. Do these bump out's generally have gutters or not? If so, ...
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Galvanized Gutters Required For Dormer With Rubber Roof?

I have a long dormer and currently there is no gutter, water just runs off and is starting to seep into my basement. I got an estimate to install gutters on the dormer and the contractor said that ...