Rain gutters and downspouts are designed to move water away from a structure to prevent flooding and moisture damage. Gutters are constructed of PVC, aluminium and, in rare cases, wood. If you want to create an additional downspout in a gutter, create a hole to allow for water drainage. Make the hole using power tools, such as electric drills and jigsaws. A downspout connector is inserted into the hole and screwed into place.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Downspout connector
- Electric drill
- 1/2-inch drill bit
- Jigsaw with blade
- Sandpaper or file
Place a connector against the bottom of the gutter where the downspout will be located. Trace around the outer edge of the connector with a pencil to create a cutting layout.
Equip an electric drill with a 1/2-inch bit designed to cut through the specific gutter material, such as aluminium. Drill a hole through the gutter at each corner of the layout.
Slip a jigsaw blade through each hole and cut along the line until you reach the opposite side. Continue cutting until the opening is complete.
Sand the edges of the hole with sandpaper or a file to smooth rough edges. Clean any debris from the area.
Seal cut metal gutter edges with rustproof spray paint.
Tips and warnings
- Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris when using power tools.
- Watch out for sharp edges when cutting aluminium and other metal gutters.
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