Looking for gutter help


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Old 04-18-08, 09:10 PM
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Looking for gutter help

Hello all.

I am looking for a point in the right direction. I recently purchased a single level ranch. The gutters on it are 5 inch gutters and I am having a hell of a time trying to find gutter extensions to try and get the water further from the house.

Any good resource out there you can share?
 
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Old 04-18-08, 09:51 PM
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Are you saying they used 5" gutters? What size are the downspouts? 3"x4"? These are pretty standard. Adapters and extensions should be available. Take a look at www.gutterworks.com
 
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Old 04-19-08, 05:00 AM
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Well I am not sure exactly how to measure them but the inspector told me they were commercial grade and 5 inches. So I dont think the downspouts are standard but rather oversized as well.

I havent been able to find anything off the shelf to work
 
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Old 04-19-08, 09:24 AM
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At bottom of downspout measure the opening with a ruler. 3x4"? 4x5"?

I do not understand why they offer 4x5" downspouts and none of the adapters and accessories. I could not find anything compatible at www.guttersupply.com The only thing that could be a possible solution is Rain Guard. There is no indication that it will fit a 5" downspout.


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Ideally, an adapter is attached to end of downspout and attached to drain that carries water to a French well. This eliminates the need for gutter extensions and RainDrains which clutter the landscape. Although folks resort to these, they tend to look cheesy in the landscape.


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The above may be an option. Whether or not you buy the product, you can install black drain pipe directly to downspout and direct water via French drain to a dry well rather than a collection box. There are other types of collection systems available which are recessed below ground and more preferable to one that is exposed in the lawn as above. A plastic garbage can is often used.


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Drywell info: http://www.landscapeonline.com/resea...le.php?id=4148
 
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Old 05-03-08, 08:27 PM
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The inspector has no idea!!

I am a pro gutter contractor.
A 5 inch gutter is not a commercial gutter, more than likely with a 5 inch gutter your downspouts will be 2x3.
So heres what you do before spending a bunch of money on the rain drain system.
Go get some 3 inch pvc pipe you need 10 ft for each downspout.
2. Get 3 pvc pipe with holes in it. ! for each downspout.
3. Get some 90 degree fittings and a 2x3 pvc adapter.
4. Dig dig dig, about 20 ft out from each spout and tap put your solid pvc closest to the house followed by the one with holes. Use your 90s against the house and fit those under the spout, use the adapters and slide your downspout in.
Note: you may have to use a hacksaw to cut the downpout.
5. Put the dirt back and your done.

-or- You could buy some 2x3 downspout and add some removable extensions to the bottom elbow. (simplest fix)

-or- If you like to save water you could gat some rain barrells and cut back the downspout to flow into the barrel......some of them have water hose taps on the bottom so you could use the water later.

Hope tis helps.
PS A commercial grade gutter would be 6"-7" and most likely be a box gutter.
 
 

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