Many homeowners don’t know how to cut gutters the right way. This can lead to costly repairs and replacements.
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Gutters are an important part of any home’s exterior. They help to direct water away from your home’s foundation, which can prevent serious damage. But if your gutters are not properly maintained, they can become clogged with leaves and debris, which can cause them to overflow and cause damage to your home.
If you need to cut gutters, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to do the job right. In this article, we’ll show you how to measure for and cut gutters the right way.
The Right Way to Cut Gutters
When cutting gutters, it is very important to do so in a way that will not damage the gutters or the surrounding areas. There are a few different ways to cut gutters, but the best way is to use a power saw with a blade that is specifically designed for cutting gutters. Be sure to follow these steps to cut gutters the right way.
Step 1: Measuring and Marking the Gutter Sections
To get started, you’ll need to measure the length of gutter you need and mark it with a piece of chalk. When measuring, be sure to add an extra foot to each section to allow for any mistakes. Once you have your measurement, mark the gutter at the midway point with a piece of chalk.
Next, you’ll need to mark the downspout hole. To do this, simply take a downspout and hold it up to the gutter section. Once you have it in the correct position, use a pencil to mark the location of the holes on either side of the downspout.
Step 2: Cutting the Gutter Sections
Now that you have all of your materials ready, it’s time to cut the gutter sections. You will need a hacksaw for this task. To get started, measure the length of the gutter you need and mark it with a pencil on the sheets of aluminum. Make sure to leave enough room for the end caps and any corners or miters that you will need to make.
Cut along the lines that you marked with the hacksaw. Be sure to use a sharp blade so that you can get a clean, straight cut. If necessary, use a file to deburr the edges of the gutters so that they will fit together properly.
Step 3: Reassembling the Gutters
Once you have your gutters cut to the right size, it’s time to reassemble them. To do this, you will need to use a zip tool. Start by lining up the edges of the gutter sections and pressing them together. Then, insert the zip tool into the seam and zip the two pieces together. Repeat this process until all of your gutters are reassembled.
In conclusion, cutting gutters is a simple process that anyone can do with the right tools and a little bit of practice. Just be sure to measure twice and cut once, and you’ll be sure to get the perfect fit every time. Thanks for reading, and happy cutting!