How to Attach a Downspout to K-Style Gutters

Published: 21st May 2010
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A reliable downspout attached to your k-style gutters can safety take rain and melting snow down to the ground without destroying your garden or flowerbeds. With a good downspout, you can divert the water to rundown into your drainage system or collect the water in a barrel for future use. To help you attach a downspout to your k-style gutters, here is what you should do.



Tools and Materials Needed



* PVC pipes

* Elbows

* Screws

* Connector piece

* Hack saw

* Hole saw

* Rivets

* Rivet gun

* Drill

* Sealant

* Caulk

* Putty knife

* Snips

* Straps

* Splash block

* Sandpaper

* Working Gloves



Step 1 - Prepare the K-style Gutter



Make that the gutter is free from debris and other materials before you cut its end to fit the connector piece of the downspout. You may flush the gutter with water to remove debris trapped inside it. After cleaning the gutter, place the connector piece of the downspout under the area where you ant to install the downspout. Trace the opening of the connector into the gutter and then use a drill with a hole-saw attachment to cut the marked area. You may use the snips to cut the rest of the marked area.

Step 2 - Apply Sealant on the Connector and Attach It to the Gutter



After cutting a hole on the gutter, clean the hole and dry it completely. Take the connector and apply sealant on its lips then feed it through the hole in the gutter. Press the lip of the connector firmly against the gutter then screw the connector lip into the gutter to make it more stable. To prevent leaks, tighten the screw properly then apply sealant on the outside edge of the connector.

Step 3 - Install the Elbow on the Connector



Take the elbow of the downspout and slide it into the connector. To lock the elbow in place, use screws to attach the elbow securely to the connector. Make sure that the elbow points the downspout towards your house to make it easier for you to connect the downspout and attach it firmly to your wall. Also, see to it that the elbow points downward to let the water flow freely into your downspout.

Step 4 - Cut the Length of the Downspout Needed and Attach It to the Elbow



Measure the length of PVC pipe you need for your downspout then cut the pipe accordingly. Sand the ends of the PVC pipe to get rid of its rough and sharp edges. Apply sealant on the lip of the PVC pipe then attach the pipe to the downspout elbow. Make sure that the pipe fits snugly into the elbow before you tighten the screws at the junction of the pipe and the elbow. To prevent leaks, apply sealant on the junction between the pipe and the elbow.

Step 5 - Attach the Pipe to the Wall Using Straps



Use straps to attach the downspout to the wall of your home. The straps should be placed 8-10 feet apart to stabilize the downspout

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