New Gutter

My house has a small front porch who’s roof is an extension from the rest of the house.  During a good rain storm, which we get a lot of around here, it can produce quite a waterfall when coming into the house.  I had a free Sunday, so why not try to fix it?

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It turns out gutter materials are pretty cheap.  I think this cost me under 50 dollars to do total, but I didn’t save the receipts, so that is a bit of a guess.  There are a variety of anchor systems for these gutters.  I went with these right angle brackets.  They will hold the gutter at an angle, which isn’t ideal, but they are easy to install one a time.  These made doing the project solo much easier.  All the other attachment methods require the entire gutter be in place as you attach with a single screw into the joist.

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I set the right clip as high as it would go while still allowing clearance under the drip flashing, then used a level to give each successive clip a little down bubble.  It is hard to say exactly how much drop I gave it as the fascia isn’t level.  Either way it has a gentle slope towards the drain.  Now to rivet together the drain and gutter section.

Because no good project goes without a disaster, my old rivet gun had an accident.  The back end had loosened up and popped off right in the middle of my first rivet.  I recovered the internal parts and the spring.  After 20 minutes I gave up on the back end nut.

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So, another unexpected trip to lowes later and I had it all riveted and glued together.  I was able to snake the drain section along the side of the support column instead of the front so it is less noticeable.

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As usual it took more time and trips to the hardware store than I anticipated, but overall it was pretty easy and cheap.  Should have done it years ago!


Now for the real reason to add gutters it makes for a highly convenient christmas light hanging surface.

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