How to Install Gutters on Home and Garage Replacement Areas

Written by matt scheer
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Gutters direct rain away from the foundation of the house and garage. If water collects at the foundation, over time it may destabilise the foundation and lead to one side of your structure sagging. Gutters connect to the rafters of your home or garage roofs with brackets and screws. The brackets hold up a gutter run, a single long gutter, and stainless steel screws hold up the brackets. If a section of your gutter broke and needs replacing, you can use the screws and brackets that are already there and screw in new ones to the rafters to lay on new gutters.

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Things you need

  • Replacement Gutters and Strip Miters
  • Replacement Brackets
  • Replacement Stainless Steel 2 inch long Screws
  • 1 inch long mounting screws and nuts
  • Variable Speed Drill
  • Hacksaw
  • Tape measure
  • Ladder
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Note the sections of gutter runs that you have to replace and whether those sections still have their mounting brackets. If any brackets are missing, proceed to the next step. Otherwise, skip to Step 4

  2. 2

    Note where the brackets are missing and look for the ends, or tails, of the rafters that you're going to screw your replacement brackets into. You cannot see a rafter directly, so look for the head of a nail on the covering material, or fascia, lining the edge of your roof. The nail heads are nailed directly into the rafters and that's where you're going to have to screw in your brackets.

  3. 3

    Screw in your brackets through the fascia and directly into the rafter tails with the 2 inch stainless steel screws and the drill. Orient the curve of the bracket upward so the rafter lays evenly in it. Also, screw in the brackets so that continue the slightly sloping line of the nearby sections of gutters. Doing this ensures water flows quickly down the gutters and out the drain spout.

  4. 4

    Measure the length of gutter you need for each section and cut the gutters to that length with your saw. Turn the gutter upside down for cutting.

  5. 5

    Lay the gutter onto the bracket. Tilt the gutter so the back of the gutter locks into the top of the bracket. Insert a 1 inch mounting screw into the mounting hole at the front of the bracket. Screw this mounting hardware with the drill into the gutter and tighten the gutter and bracket together with a nut.

  6. 6

    Lay the aluminium strip, or strip mitre, over the joint of the replacement gutter and an existing gutter. Fold the strip tightly to the two gutters with your pliers. The strip ensures the water flows over the joint and it does not leak.

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