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Does this downspout design make sense?

It's completely wrong! The shingles overlap each other. This ensures that water running from top down doesn't enter under them. When you flush water against the overlapping sections, they are not ...
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Does this downspout design make sense?

Get it out of that corner and have the water flow downwards not upwards under the shingles guaranteed to leak. You just need one more part. Downspout Side Elbow Loves
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

Three downspout elbows. One takes the spout out past the edge of the house, the other connects to it to take it around to the barrels, the last drops it into the barrels. Rectangular downspout elbows ...
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

Try a variation on this? Credit: https://www.instructables.com/DIY-275-Gallon-Rainwater-Collection/ Also credit: Google "downspout elbow around corner"
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

Move the black barrel! You already have it on bricks. How much more level do you want than bricks? Place the base on the ground and dig out one side until your spirit level shows the base is level. ...
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Does this downspout design make sense?

That down spout is the termination point for ALL the rain water on that side of the roof! All that water is being directed to a small area and shot against the overlap of the shingles. Do yourself a ...
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What is the chance of success when clearing a downspout from the bottom rather than the top?

Your chances of success are high. I use the "bottom up" method but I use a garden hose on full blast rather than a drain auger. Do I get wet? YES Does it clear the blockage (packed in tiny leaves and ...
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How far should I insert downspout into sewer connection pipe?

In many places it's not legal to connect a downspout (storm water drainage from a roof) to a sanitary sewer system. The reason is easy to understand: if storm water flows into a sanitary sewer system ...
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Very Clogged Gutter Downspout

If it is not your typical leaf-n-twig clog, as you suspect. Stronger methods are needed to unclog it. Depending on the length get a 10, 20, or 30 foot drain snake and clear the clog
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What is going on with my downspouts?

If you want to repair the leaking pipe where it enters the foundation, I'd use hydraulic cement to seal it. As for the downspout into the cast iron pipe, there are transition pieces that should tie ...
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Can I fix my leaking downspout without taking it apart?

Downspouts aren't sealed because gravity prevents much water from coming back up through the lapped connections. So if that's happening something's usually plugged. In this case, it's because of the ...
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Why has my tub spout diverter not dropping back down after use? (brand new installation)

When the faucets are turned off when you are finished showering the diverter will usually not drop by itself. The diverter is held up by the column of water in the shower pipe. Once the column of ...
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How can I waterproof a hole in my vinyl deck to fit a downspout?

I finally completed the deck/downspout project and thought I would provide an update of how I ended up doing it. It was quite a bit of research & prep work but I am happy to say that it turned out ...
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Underground downspout extensions - Are pop up emitters needed?

Pop up emitters are a good thing that do a few jobs. They stop debris from falling back down into the pipe, but more importantly (in my area) they stop mosquitos from getting in and multiplying in ...
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Protecting a PVC downspout under a driveway?

I'd be surprised if the pipe was crushed by a typical car. Very heavy pickups or SUVs, maybe. PVC is surprisingly tough. However, you could scrape away the gravel to the level of the pipe to a width ...
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How to keep a downspout extension from coming off?

White sheet metal screw through the overlapped sections. Or if you want to get fancy, a pop-rivet (converted from my comment). Note to Jack - some of the other SE sites seem to discourage 1 (or 2)-...
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

The big box stores differentiate by calling the elbows “type a” or “type b” or even a “type a-b” Use a few of the different types to get the corresponding bend you need to go around the house
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

How about something like a diverter kit? https://www.homedepot.com/p/EarthMinded-DIY-Rain-Barrel-Diverter-and-Parts-Kit-for-3-in-x-4-in-Downspouts-F-RN097/301326328 This way, you install them at a ...
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

Forget the little plastic barrels. Get a digger in and sink a concrete cistern in the ground. Sink it deep enough to be frost proof if that is a thing where you are. Install an electric pump and ...
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Connecting 2 side by side downspouts at base

Have one down pipe longer than the other. The elbow on the short pipe will ride on top of the elbow of the long pipe. The pipes will be over/under instead of side by side.
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How to divert rain water from walkway?

Best bet is probably to put a drain pipe under the walkway. I'm not too fond of the "along this wall to the driveway" option because that's also "along the front of the house to the ...
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How can I prevent this ice build up on my driveway/walkway?

We design heating cables into driveways and sidewalks for areas that can have an icy buildup and buildings that must have safe access, like medical clinics, hospitals, fire departments, etc. Also, ...
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How can I prevent this ice build up on my driveway/walkway?

I'm not a professional, and I have very little experience. But: Could you adjust the slope of your gutter? Currently, rain rolls north off the roof, gets to the gutter, half goes east and half goes ...
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Move or remove a downspout inside brick wall

I suppose you'd call a plumber. You must determine if this is connected to the sanitary sewer. Also this opening should be capped with a proper cleanout fitting with a cap that would prevent sewage ...
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Rain chains at an angle from the vertical

It's going to vary with design and rainfall rate. More flow means more likelihood of spillage and drop detachment, so it depends on your personal preference. Add to that the wind around your home and ...
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How to reroute this downspout?

As "D-on" suggested, the best way to go is under the concrete path. If you feel like replacing the cracked section, then pull it out, dig a trench, and extend the downspout through the trench (...
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Upper roof downspout emptying onto lower roof

We have a similar two story house where we had contractors redo the gutters. They continued the downspout from the second floor over the roof of the first floor and positioned it directly into the ...
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How to replace an odd-size (2 1/4" x 1 7/8") downspout elbow?

You guessed correctly that downspouts are sometimes sized like wood - there is a "nominal" size which is how they are described, and an "actual" size which is the true measurements. According to ...
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How to replace an odd-size (2 1/4" x 1 7/8") downspout elbow?

The good news is that your down spout is a simple, plain rectangle tube -- no fancy profile rolled into it as is common with most down spouts. That's good news because it means you can easily have a ...
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Clogged downspout pipe

If you used flexible hose only for the shopvac (ie no rigid straight sections) you might be able to pick up more debris inside and beyond the elbow in the iron pipe. Suction tube such as that used in ...
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