These days, plastic guttering is very versatile and it is possible to install it so that it looks exactly like cast iron guttering. Couplings and Adapters can be used to connect with cast iron gutters that are already installed. They can be diverted into rainwater butts as well as channels of different depths to deal with draining issues on even the most expensive of roofs.
Replacing or installing a gutter is a relatively straightforward process. Just remember to keep yourself safe and always keep ladder safety in mind.
Once you have your gutters planned out and measured, you can purchase all of the fittings and pipes needed for your project. This plan is a general guide for installing plastic gutters. However, some gutters have different requirements for things such as the spacing for brackets. So that is why you should check to see what the specific requirements are for your choice of gutters.
When you are planning your gutter project, you should list the following components:
Never space your Gutter (Fascia brackets) more than 1m apart.
Gutter fittings such as Unions, Running Outlets, Stop-ends, and Gutter angles, should have brackets (and where appropriate on both sides of your joints) that are within 150mm of the gutter fitting.
Use a supporting pipe clip on all Bends, Branches and Shoes of down pipes wherever necessary. The pipe brackets in all cases should not be over 1.8m apart.
How To Remove Existing Guttering
Unless you are going to be installing guttering on a new building, you are going to need to remove any existing old guttering. It is usually fairly simple to remove plastic guttering.
When you are removing iron guttering, take care since it may have sharp edges and will be heavy. Due to its weight, anytime you are removing iron gutters we recommend you have helped.
It is possible that if old guttering needs to replaced that the soffit boards and fascia boards will need to be replaced as well.
The screws that hold the old guttering, clips or brackets might have rusted in place. If that has occurred, the screws will need to be sawed off using a small hack saw that has a thin cutting blade. In situations where heavy bolts were used for connecting the guttering, a hacksaw will need to be used for sawing the bolts off.
Establishing The Outlet Positions
The end stop outlets or running discharge pipes, need to be fitted directly to the drain position you should use a plumb line to ensure that you place the outlet correctly.
For every 20 feet (6.1m) of gutter that you have, the slope should be half an inch (12mm). Make sure that your brackets are fixed to this slope.
The next thing that you need to do is attach the end fascia bracket onto the fascia board while taking the fall into account. If the position of the outlet is in the center of the gutter, attach a fascias bracket on the other end.
Next, tie a string from the end fascia bracket to the outlet. This line is used for establishing where to attach the intermediary bracket. Fix the fascia brackets 1 meter apart at most.
How To Install The Guttering
Now that the gutter brackets are fitted, it is now time to fit your guttering. Clip the first length into your running outlet and then into your fascia board brackets. Clipping it into the back first is the easiest way to get started.
Connect the next gutter length to the first one using a union bracket. Then clip in the two ends and attach it to the fascia using the appropriate screw.
Measure and cut your gutters so that they will fit into the corner pieces where needed.
Attach an external stop end onto the gutter length end. Also, make sure that the gutter is sticking out of the fascia board end by approximately 25mm. You will need to have a gutter adapter if you will be joining it to existing guttering.
You may need to bridge the distance between the wall and gutter by using a piece of downpipe cut down to size and two offset bends. You can push-fit the offset bends using a pipe clip. Make sure that the pipe clip fits underneath the pipe socket right below the offset. Leave a gap of 6mm for expansion at the top of your downpipe.
Either a square or round downpipe should be used for the guttering. You will be nee to used an SQ/RD downpipe adaptor if you will be attaching round downpipes onto square gutters.
Attach the first downpipe length to its socket that its uppermost to the outlet. Use a pipe clip to attach it to the wall at the top to hold the pipe onto the wall.
Use a pipe socket to attach the rest of your downpipes and connect the pipes together. Fit a Shoe at the base of each drop and secure it using a pipe clip.
Diverted rainwater is very beneficial for your garden. In areas where space is limited, slim line water butts can be very useful.