How to Efficiently Hang Half Round Gutters

Rain gutters and downspouts are essential accompaniments to your home, and half round gutters are a classy, old fashioned way to take away rain water. Without gutters, the water can wear away the soil adjoining the foundation. Installing gutters and downspouts on your house will greatly enhance the lifespan and the worth of your house. You can follow these simple steps to accomplish this task:

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Ladder
  • Chalk line
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil    
  • Fascia brackets
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Hacksaw frame
  • Hacksaw blade
  • Aluminum snips
  • Gutters
  • Galvanized screws with nuts
  • Downspouts
  • Downspout brackets
  • End caps
  • Elbows
  • Wide aluminum bands
  • Sealing paste and gun
  • Pop rivets
  • Hole saw
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Level

Step 1- Measure and Draw a Sketch

Measure the length of gutter and that of downspout. Draw a sketch detailing everything when you take measurements. This will help you to know what you need.

Step 2- Marking

Mark the highest point for the gutter to be set up, on the fascia board. That point should be minimum 1/4 inch lower than the metal roof flashing. Mark the lower end of the gutter, where the downspout will go.  Draw a chalk line joining these 2 points.

Step 3- Drill Holes  

Trace the tails of the rafter behind every fascia board, by locating the nails in the fascia board. Normally, the rafters are put a distance of 16 inches apart. Take a power drill and attach the 1/2 inch drill bit to it. Drill pilot holes in the fascia board along the chalk line, at 9.8 inches center-to-center spacing. Fix the fascia brackets in the holes with screws.

Step 4- Cut the Gutter Pieces

Cut the sections of gutter, using a metal snips or a hacksaw. In case the gutter runs around any corners, cut at 45 degrees to meet at the corner. If the gutter piece fall short in length, join 2 pieces by overlapping one over the other. Drill them together and fix galvanized screws to join them. You should not fix the screws on the bottom side of the gutters. Attach end caps on the gutters where required, using pop rivets. Using filling/sealing gun, fill all the seams with sealing paste.

Step 5 - Fix the Gutter

Place the gutter into the fascia brackets, and rotate this upwards until you are able to snap them into position on back hooks. Now drill 3/16 inch diameter holes in the gutter on each side of the fascia bracket. Fix the gutter to the fascia with galvanized screws, and tighten the nuts.

Step 6 - Fix Metal Bands   

Cover all the joints with metal bands. Fix all the metal bands in their position using pop rivets. Shear the tops of all metal bands to a triangular shape using metal snips. Fold the band over the top side of the gutter.

Step 7 - Fix Downspouts

Fit the downspout to the gutter and secure them in place using the pop rivets. Attach the bracket around the downspout, then close the ends, using screws. Attach an elbow below the end of each downspout. Crimp it into its location with needlenose pliers.