Gutter Installation Guide
Do you want to install rain gutters on your house and save money doing it? Lucky for you, there’s a straightforward way you can install your own gutters and save substantially. Almost all hardware stores and home centers sell guttering designed explicitly for easy installation. With just a little more work, you’ll be able to assemble gutters — along with downspouts — that have strong, sleek lines.
Before you start your gutter installation project, make sure there’s no rotted wood on the fascia and soffit. Any rotted wood will need replacement before gutters are installed. Also, you’ll need to prime and paint all wood before hanging the gutters.
Tools Needed for a Gutter Project
Gutter installation requires the following tools:
- Extension ladder
- Cordless drill
- Offset tin snips
- Pop rivet gun
- Duckbill tin snips
- Hex head driver
Materials Needed for a Gutter Project
Before jumping right into your gutter project, make sure you have the following supplies:
- Gutter sealant
- Gutter flashing
- Gutter hanging strap
- 1/8-in. medium length rivets
- 1/4″ hex head screws, or sippers
- 1 1/4″ self-tapping hex head screws
How to Install Gutters
Gutters are designed to prevent soil erosion, basement leaks and siding damage and divert rainwater away from the foundation of your house. A practical guide for gutter installation involves the following steps:
- Purchase needed materials.
- Place a chalk line across the fascia to create an appropriate angle toward the downspout end.
- Determine the length of the gutter by measuring the fascia.
- Apply gutter sealant to the end cap.
- Press the cap onto one end of the gutter.
- Using a crimper tool, secure the end cap to the gutter.
- Use tin snips and a hacksaw to cut the gutter to the appropriate measurements.
- Use a hole saw and hammer to cut out a round hole in the gutter for a downspout outlet.
- Administer gutter sealant to the flange of the downspout outlet.
- Screw the outlet to the hole in the gutter.
- For the time being, screw the gutter to the fascia. Make sure the gutter is approximately 2 inches below the chalk line.
- Set up hanging brackets on the gutter, arranging one in front of each rafter.
- Elevate the gutter to the chalk line.
- Screw through the fascia and into the end piece of the rafter to join together each bracket.
- Place two concrete pavers that are 2 inches thick on the ground directly underneath the downspout outlet.
- Position a rain barrel over the top of the concrete pavers.
- Use a hacksaw to incise and assemble the downspout and elbows.
- Screw the upper portion of the downspout to the downspout outlet poking out from the gutter.
- Use mounting straps to fasten the downspout to the house.
- Install a diverter in the downspout, arranging it even with the top of the rain barrel.
- Attach a small length of downspout to the underside of the diverter.
- Hook up the diverter’s flexible hose to the port on the side of the rain barrel.
Contact All Points Fasteners Today
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If you choose us, you’ll enjoy free samples before you order, free quotes, easy pricing and customer service unmatched in the industry. Buy from All Points and get your product on time. Or, contact us to ask any questions about gutter installation or gutter screws that we offer.