Metal gutters are essential in transferring rainwater from the roof down to the ground.
Without gutters, rain can run off the sheet, soaking everyone passing below the eave with waterBut the good news is, efficiently installed gutters around your home prevents leaks as well as improving your home’s efficiency.
An essential part is cutting and installing the gutter on the roof. Perfectly cut gutters are necessary for your home’s roofing system. Here’s what to do if you want to cut the gutters entirely.
- Begin by pulling the tape measure on the metal gutter length then use a carpenter’s pencil to mark your desired length.
- Place the base side of the carpenter’s square on the edge top of the metal gutter. From there, do a blade alignment of the square using the pencil mark placed on the gutter in the previous step.
- Shift the carpenter’s square on the gutter, then align the blade using the pencil line that you are extending. Do this to ensure that the gutter has a pencil cut line along its perimeter.
- With that done, cut along the line you drew with the pencil using aviation snips. When the part of the gutter that you will discard is located on the left side, make sure you use the right-hand tin snips.
- When the region to be discarded is on the right side, then use the left-hand tin snips. Furthermore, create a different cut 1-to-2 inches far from the cut line using an alternate hand snip. For instance, when preparing the main cut using the right-hand tin snips, be sure to create another cut using the left-handed snips. Position the second cut on the gutter piece that you’ll be throwing.
- Keep on cutting the metal gutter with the tin snips until you result in a properly made gutter. This method of reducing the gutter prevents the tin snips from distorting or bending the metal gutter.
How to Cut a Gutter Downspout
The gutter downspout is the part of the gutter that channels water down to the outflow. Therefore, constructing a downspout to direct the water outflow is a more straightforward process and will take a few tools, some experience, and time. Here’s the procedure:
- Start by measuring from the lower side of the central gutter to the ground. Position the tape measure on the flat side of the central gutter but not the lower part of the spout connection, then measure down.
- After that, minus six inches from the measurement to arrive at the length of the downspout.
- Then shift your measurement n the downspout then create a mark on each side using a pencil. From there, hang the tape measure on one side, then stretch it downwards to the downspout then mark the measurements.
- Additionally, create another mark that measures two inches more than the first one. Repeat this on the other part of the downspout.
- With the measurements at hand, begin cutting down the downspout using the tin snips. Start your cut from one corner then move to the end side you aim to cut. Again cut the corner to the closest measurement mark.
- Make sure you cut the closest side to the first cut on the same spot. Then split between the two cuts that you made initially to get rid of the metal scrap.
- Continue cutting from the notch close the downspout using the snips. If you want perfect results, ensure you cut to the furthest corner close to the other side. Throw away the scrap leftovers. Cut all the corners from the first cut to the second one using the tin snips.
- Cutting corners gives you four (2-inch) tabs to place on the outflow.
- With that done, move the uncut side of the downspout onto the primary gutter connection. After that, drill across the downspout side to the connector. Next, run a rivet shat to the rivet gun.
- Finally, push the rivet head on the drilled hole then squeeze the rivet gun’s handle to lock it into the right position. Repeat this process on the different sides of your construction to fix it to the central gutter on the roof.