How to Install An Eavestrough

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An eavestrough is a vital component of a drainage system. It prevents water from accumulating on the roof and directs it away from the foundation to prevent damage. Here’s a step by step guide from your trusted Melbourne handymen.


  1. 1.     Plan the drainage system carefully.

Everything should begin with careful planning. Choose the direction of the water. Usually, water should flow towards a corner where a downspout is waiting. The main goal is to move the water away from your home’s foundation.


  1. 2.     Measure the gutter.

Get the dimensions of the corners where you plan to install the eavestroughs. These ducts are usually 10 feet long so divide the length of the roof edges by 10 to find out the number of troughs needed for the project. Experienced handymen add 10% of the number for margins.


  1. 3.     Count the accessory parts.


Eavestrough installation requires elbows, brackets and drop outlets. You should never skimp on the accessories; else you’ll end up with a frail drainage system. Find the materials before moving to the next step.


  1. 4.     Measure the slope.


Leave a mark ½ inch beneath the roof’s edge. Start at the opposite end where you plan to install the downspout. Calculate the slope the eavestrough will need, making sure the line is straight. Make sure that in every foot the system angles 1/16 inch. If you’re unsure of the calculations, it would be wiser to contact a qualified Melbourne handyman for the job.


  1. 5.     Mount the fittings and brackets


Fasten the fittings and brackets using rust-resistant screws. Your job will be easier if you’re going to use a drill equipped with a screwdriver bit. Maintain a 2 feet interval between them.


  1. 6.     Mount the eavestroughs.


Once the brackets are set, fasten the drainage system to them. Use a sharp hacksaw if you need to reduce so the trough can fit into elbows or drop outlets. Join the troughs using silicone caulk to prevent leaks.


  1. 7.     Install the downspout.


Once all the troughs are installed and connected, link the eavestrough to the downspout using silicone caulk. Attach an elbow to the bottom of the downspout to channel water away from your home’s foundation.




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