When installing a gutter system, the downspout helps to draw water and runoff away from the gutters and out of the area. It is a crucial component of the system that ensures that the gutters themselves do not become flooded or clogged. Because the downspout runs from the gutters down to the surface level at the ground, it requires special hangers and installation techniques in order to ensure that it remains in place properly. Follow these tips to help secure your gutter downspouts.
Step 1 - Gather Your Materials and Tools
Collect the following materials and tools before beginning to attach your gutter downspout. If you've already attached the downspout and just wish to secure the existing spout further, these tools can also be helpful in achieving your goal. The materials that you'll need for this project include the following:
- Extension ladder and stabilizer
- Tape measure
- Gutter hangers (1 for every 2 feet of length of gutter, approximately)
- Drainpipe hangers (2 to 3 for each pipe)
- Power screwdriver and screws
Step 2 - Mark Off the Rafter Tails
The hangers will be most secure if you attach them directly to the tail end of each roof rafter rather than to the gutter itself. Find the rafter tails behind the faschia of the gutter. Each tail should be about a foot apart on most standard-style roof setups. Using your chalk, make a mark on every other rafter so that the marks are about 24 inches apart from each other. This is where you're gutter hangers will go.
Step 3 - Drill Holes and Attach the Gutter Hangers
Use your power screwdriver to drill a hole into each chalk mark in the center of the gutter. Next, install the gutter hangers per the instructions as indicated y the manufacturer. Test the hangers to be sure that they are entirely secure before continuing to the next section of the gutter.
Step 4 - Attach Drainpipe Hangers to the Elbows of the Drainpipe
Your drainpipe should already have several points of connection to the end of your gutter and to the ground or base line. If this isn't the case, secure the drainpipe in these places with several screws. If the pipe is already secured at these points, reinforce it by securing drainpipe hangers at each bend or elbow point in the drainpipe. The hangers can attach directly to the house in the same manner as the gutter hangers, if possible. Otherwise, find the most secure area around each hanger and secure the device there. If you wish, treat your hangers against water damage and other exposure in order to protect them. Hangers that are protected by some sort of cover may fare better than those that are left out in the open in windy environments.
All of the materials and tools necessary to complete this project are available at your local hardware store. If you have any concerns about your gutter hangers or downspout hangers, consult with a specialist.