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Video:How to Install New Gutters

with Rocky Matson

Install new gutters on your house fairly easily, with a few tool and a set of extra hands. Check out this video tutorial on how to install new gutters.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Install New Gutters

Hi, I’m Rocky Matson for About.com, and today we’re going to show you how to install gutters.

Materials Needed to Install New Gutters:

  • two ladders
  • work gloves
  • gutters
  • end caps
  • down spouts
  • either a drill or impact gun
  • gutter screws
  • self-tapping screws
  • tape measure
  • tin snips
  • flat-pipe bands
  • another person

We’re using seamless gutters. They cost a little bit more, but they are well worth it. They help prevent your gutters from leaking. Seemed gutters almost always tend to leak after a while.

Measure Gutter Length Needed

We’ll start with one ladder to measure the roof. Once you know how long your gutters need to be, have them cut to length. You can start on any corner of the house you want. Pick up the gutters and make sure they slide up tight underneath the drip edge.

Secure Gutter to Trusses or Facia Board

Screw your gutter securely to the facia board or trusses. Facia board is better if your house has it like most houses do. This one doesn’t, so we’ll screw into the trusses. Work your way down the side of the house. Secure the gutters firmly every 18 inches to 2 feet. Any farther apart and it will be too flimsy.

Install the Gutters' Downspouts

Measure the downspouts. Cut them with snips. Use a level to make sure they are straight up and down. They don’t have to be, but they will look better. Now put on the downspouts. When you put them together, make sure the top piece goes into the bottom piece.

It should be like this all the way down. That way you get a good flow of water and they won’t leak. Put the pipe bands on and screw them to the downspouts with the self-tapping screws.

That’s it. If you do a good job the gutters should last the life of your roof. Thanks for watching. For more information, join us on the Web at About.com.

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