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Using Muriatic Acid to Clean Drains

Do you have a difficult clog that resists all methods of clearing? As a last resort, learn how to apply muriatic acid to a tough problem.

Drainage System Design Basics and Tips

Noone wants standing water near their home.

Building a Drainage Ditch

Solve flooding problems with an easy DIY solution.

Tips for Cleaning Half Round Gutters

Half round gutters are easy to clean, because they have no corners which trap dirt. All the dirt collects in the middle of the gutter so it can be easily removed during cleaning. Gutters should be cleaned at least once or twice a year. They collect all sorts of things like leaves, dust, bird droppings

How to Fit Plastic Gutters

There are different varieties of gutters, such as the metal gutters, wooden gutters and plastic gutters. The plastic gutter has some advantages over the aluminum and wooden gutters. As these gutters are made of plastic they are less expensive compared to those made with metal. Due to their reduced weight,

How to Maintain Plastic Rain Gutters

Plastic rain gutters are quite cheap and easy to maintain and repair. So long as you tend to a problem quickly, you can greatly decrease the risk of causing further damage and prevent any excess leakage. Repairing and maintaining plastic rain gutters is easily within the reach of anyone comfortable with

How to Clean and Maintain Steel Gutters

Steel gutters are very crucial components of your roof, since it is the part that collects rain water and eventually drains them off to the house’s sewer system. While steel gutters are made from very sturdy materials, it is still at risk of getting damaged over time especially when debris like leaves

Installation Tips for Round Downspouts

Virtually everyone has become a do-it-yourselfer, and downspout installation is no exception. The problem with doing it yourself, is that you have to know more than the simple steps to completing a project. Following these tips will help your gutter project go more smoothly. Install When Putting on a

How to Replace Round Downspouts

Round downspouts are used to help drain out water that is accumulated outside the house especially during the rainy season to prevent it from looking very ugly especially in the yard. Installing it can be a little confusing however if followed properly, it can be a very easy task. One needs to use the

How to Replace a Vinyl Gutter Downspout

Removing and installing a vinyl gutter downspout is an easy task for a do-it-yourselfer. But this project will require you to work at pretty dangerous heights, so always secure the ladder with a clamp and wear safety harness if this is your first time to work on the high areas of the house. Tools and

How to Replace a Steel Gutter Downspout

The gutter downspout is used to help water flow out into the drainage. This needs to be installed properly and as per the required size. The steel downspout is an outlet fixed at the end of a rainwater downpipe. The rainwater downpipe runs vertically from the roof gutter to the ground. There should be

Copper Downspout Installation: Mistakes to Avoid

Proper downspout installation is important so water coming off the roof into the gutter can be diverted to control erosion and prevent water from accumulating near an exterior wall of the house. There are several common mistakes that installers can make that will affect the proper operation of downspouts

Installation Tips for Aluminum Downspouts

After you have hung aluminum gutters, you will need to finish the job by installing aluminum downspouts. This is a very simple procedure. Your aluminum gutters will need a little maintenance eventually, but here are a few tips that will save you time and prevent minor repairs down the road. Tip 1: Prepare

Gutter Flashing Installation: Mistakes to Avoid

To achieve a gutter flashing installation that will keep water from draining from your rain gutters and onto your house, there are certain mistakes you will need to avoid making. Fastening Your Gutter Flashing to Rotten Fascia and Soffit Fascia and Soffit that you will be attaching your gutter flashing

Box Gutter End Cap Installation Tips

A gutter end cap terminates the run of a gutter and is soldered for a watertight seal. Box gutters are traditionally found on older homes and are built into the roof, not installed on the edge. In a built-in box gutter, there are two types of end caps. One is at the low point, where the outlet tube is

Box Gutter Maintenance and Cleaning

Gutter maintenance is something you probably don't think about until mid to late fall, when your roof and gutters become covered with leaves. Cleaning and maintaining your box gutters is not a fun task, but it's a necessary one if you want to extend the life of your gutters. Tools and Materials Needed: