How to Cut an Aluminum Downspout

Published: 21st May 2010
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If you need to know how to cut a piece of aluminum downspout to replace an existing piece, follow the steps below to help you achieve a successful project.
Tools and Materials Needed

* Aluminum downspout
* Level
* Screws
* Brackets
* Jigsaw with metal cutting blade
* Hacksaw (if you don't own a jigsaw)

Step 1 - Preparing the Downspout

First, measure the height of the downspout from the top to the bottom. If you follow the measurements of the existing downspout, you can't go wrong. If your downspout empties into a tiled drainage area, you will need to calculate the exact measurement to get the same length required by removing the existing downspout and measuring the two together.
Step 2 - Cutting

Once you have marked the right length, lay the downspout on a flat surface where cutting with a jigsaw will allow proper clearance. You can opt for a work bench and clamps. Use the metal cutting blade to saw through the aluminum and keep the cut straight. Aluminum is a softer and quite pliable material so the metal cutting blade should offer a smooth cut.
Step 3 - Installing

With the new piece of aluminum downspout cut, you are now ready to install it in place of the old piece.

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