re-use old gutter?

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Old 05-19-18, 10:22 AM
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re-use old gutter?

I have some used long lengths of standard extruded aluminum rain gutter that was removed off a building that I am considering the feasibility of trying to re-use again on a different building. The entire length is approximately 60 feet and it was cut into shorter chunks into about 5 random lengths. Is it very possible to re-connect these cut pieces together again and have the connection look and work decent? Or pretty much never done and too much hassle to try to bother with? The idea is to save some money by maybe re-installing and re-using this stuff (about 50 feet of it in one long length) on a utility building where perfect appearance is not as particularly important as function. I have standard tools, tin snips and metal cutting saw etc. such but nothing specialized. Any comments appreciated.
 
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Old 05-19-18, 11:28 AM
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They can be reused although I'm not sure it's worth the trouble. You'd have to get connectors that are the same style as those gutters. Seams are always the weak spot in a gutter - that's why seamless gutters [made onsite] are so popular.
 
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Old 05-19-18, 11:36 AM
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Hmm I wonder where I'd be able to get such "connectors" that are the same style as the gutters. Sounds like kind of a specialty item hard to find.
 
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Old 05-19-18, 11:42 AM
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Might go by the different gutter places with a short section of that gutter. What Lowes sells fits their gutters but not the others. I don't know how many different styles there are, just that the big box 10' sections are different than the infinite length seamless gutters.
 
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Old 05-19-18, 11:55 AM
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In my small semi-isolated southeastern Alaska community we have only one "gutter place" which happens to be the gutter installer contractor who has the seamless gutter machine and does the installing. Don't have a Lowes here or any other big box store, and the local building supply outfit only stocks the vinyl type gutter material sections and fittings etc. Same with the local hardware store. Guess I could contact the gutter contractor outfit and see what they say. Probably would say they've never heard of anybody trying to do what I want to do and say forget about it. I could google these such connectors and if they exist I might luck out but I doubt it.
 
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Old 05-22-18, 08:14 AM
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Update: I contacted the local gutter installation contractor who told there is indeed a common method used to "splice" two sections of aluminum gutter together, and he explained it to me over the phone. No "connectors" needed. I could get the idea of how to do this splicing from his explanation but wasn't entirely clear on the exact methodology until it occurred to me to check and see if there was a Youtube video about it. Indeed of course there was, and the lesson in the following video is the method I will use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHyRL7K2HLs
 
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Cool, I know Lowes sells a short connector piece [along with 10' sections of gutter] - that's all I've ever used .... not that I've done a lot of it.
 
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