Installing Home Depot Gutters



there's something missing here so this house we bought a year ago first thing we noticed was there's no gutters and so no surprise we had water issues in the basement which we knew was gonna be an issue so I've just got finished renovating the whole entire lower level for you a level if you've been following along with that the whole link to that series will be up in the description they're up in your your upper right-hand corner click on that little eye and you can check those videos out a lot of cool renovation stuff there okay so for those of you guys who follow us on Instagram and Facebook there you saw me there at Home Depot picking all this stuff out so I did buy everything from Home Depot you can get this stuff at any Home Improvement Center lumberyard whatever I chose to go with aluminum I do not like vinyl I don't like plastic I don't like anything here with the cold and and hot and cold and hot in the Sun and all that kind of stuff vinyl is not gonna last that long this metal will last much longer and so we're going all aluminum here with the exception of this one fitting that I couldn't find in metal at home people anyway this is a vinyl fitting so I guess if anything fails it'll probably be that so what I have is a I've actually got my gutters these are 5-inch K style gutters they're called I've got some downspout here got some various fitting some transitions from a kind of a horizontal to a vertical and I've got a few extra little pieces here just in case we need just a little piece rather than cutting these were only a dollar or two I've got the type of brackets I'm using for the downspouts are kind of a hidden bracket so this goes up against the wall and then the downspout clips into it that way and then there's just a screw on either side so you'll see the downspout but you won't you won't see too much of the bracket which i think is nicer you got a few various kinds of 45s these are connectors so these are metal connector so you connect two pieces of gutter together I'm using these metal screw in gutter brackets I don't see the point in using a nail seems like nails always work their way out and gutters even the professionally installed ones so I'm going to use these we've got various types of ends here so we've got right and left hand end caps for the gutters themselves I've got some various types of adhesive here there is adhesive that comes in these packages for the connectors but I also got a couple of these I think it might be the same kind a gutter seal so this will be any any joints or anything like that this will be sealed I also have some touch-up paint because I'm sure I'll scratch some stuff and this is all right there with their gutter stuff I did need to buy a tool this is a simple crimping tool it just crunch the corners so you end up with a a crimp kind of like this actually this is this pieces already split up but so crimps the corners in there so you can feed this into the regular-sized end of another piece and of course we got some stainless steel screws with white heads on these are hex screws so you should be pretty easy to install for all my hangers and anything like that and then down here I have my downspout adapter so this will go on the end an end cap will go on on one side of this and then your downspout just gets screwed right into the bottom of this and kind of hangs from it in a way and so this will be used to attach our downspouts and we have to be careful of our mama duck oh she's built herself a little nest over here and she's sitting on her eggs and she get mad when you come by there's a herd of duck hiss but now I have okay so the first thing we want to do we want to do as much on the ground as possible and so I've got my first section of gutter here and one of my end caps my left cap and so this is going to get installed here and this will start the gutter series down the line so the first thing I do is just add some of the sealant to the end cap and kind of want to add too much because it starts to squeeze all the sides I have a habit of adding too much but then wipe it off it's alright and then these will fit right on to the end of the gutter you want to cap off I had found this other crimping type tool I don't actually know what this is for it's a maybe a sheet metal crimp or something like that this is what I've been using it works okay you can also use screws and a zip a couple of those little white screws to the end here that would be just fine also I may not look quite as nice from the from the ground but that's that's definitely an option so I'm just going to take the the crimper here and one or two places and just go ahead and crimp the metal together so this just helps give me a good connection the sealants gonna hold it on there as well as your your crimped area so you get this seal it wiped off here and then you just want to go around the inside and kind of up the the crack and this is the this is why people get seamless gutters you know we have a professional come out they extrude the gutter right out on site and it's all one piece you don't have to do a lot of this kind of stuff with connecting up and everything else and sealing stuff up but man is there a cost difference I'll tell you that so very similar process with the seam here I'm just going to put a little bit of sealant on one side decided that I'm going to set the gutter in you don't want to put too much because again it's gonna smash all out and make a mess so he must take that and excited about half way press that in and then there's a there's an ear here at the top of this that will fold over and you just want to pinch it down on this side I'm gonna leave this side open cuz our next piece of gutter is gonna come in there so that holds us together pretty good and then also on this side you can kind of roll that underneath with your fingers it's not too hard to to press you could probably take a pair of pliers or needle nose or something and clip that together now I can use my crimping tool again and get those kind of set together a little better it's also the same process for the the end pieces here that our downspouts are going to attach to so you can go ahead and put your your end cap on all those and get those all sealed up and we'll have all that stuff setting aside and ready to put up once you have all that done we ready to start start hanging this stuff all right so what we're gonna get our first piece hung up here and so I'm using our our screwin hidden brackets which I have been working really really well they're a little more expensive but me I like these things so I just throw throw a bunch of them in the in the gutter and since I'm doing this by myself I like to kind of get in the middle and remember we gotta have slope on this so my left-hand side is going to be all the way up to the roof and then I'm gonna come down about maybe a quarter of an inch quarter of an inch on that end all right so that's gonna give us a decent little drop here these hangers need to be installed every two feet so I'll have one at the end one about there one right about here doesn't have to be perfect and they just hook underneath the outside edge and then they fit right over and I'll show you some close-ups of this they fit right over the back edge there if you can you can line these up with your roof joists that are coming down you can look usually at the flashing here and you can see where the nail holes are and usually if the person who saw the flashing did it while they install the nails at the end of each of those otherwise there's a facing here this board should you know be sufficient but I would say at least get one or two of the hangers right in the joist on each length of gutter here now you can just keep moving down the line now that we have a place to set our gutter we can can do this by yourself pretty good so before I go any further I'm just gonna check this level and I just want to make sure my bubble is off – in this case off to the left I want the water to flow down this way so as long as my bubbles off to the left you know touching or a little bit past the line and I should have a good enough slope looks pretty good go back to my seam here make sure this is all buttoned up the same way I did before alright so for our last piece here it's not quite 10 feet so I've taken a measurement in this case we're gonna put our our end piece I've already put together right up here now what you can do is you know you could put your your piece right here and then have another little piece that slopes back to it here I don't I don't want to have at extra seams and so I'm just gonna end the gutter rate a little bit short so my pipe comes right down the edge right here so there'll be about six inches at the end of the roof there where you know it's not catching a water but we can live with that so I've got my measurement already let's go show you how we're getting this stuff cut okay so I've made this little kind of jig here as cutting jig spot in here in the length I need I've got these scrap pieces of flooring that kind of pinch it in place and I use this to cut the down all right so we need 15 inches from face to face they do go into each other about an inch inch and a half so I'm going to add on two and a half inches so we'll go to 17 and a half inches a little bit long on it and that'll be our cut using my little J here to hold everything tight does this sawzall rattle this stuff all apart you know let's go ahead and get it cut [Applause] [Applause] you yeah look at that thing I've never seen a spider like that here just caught a bee on camera – honeybee – stealing my honeybees [Applause] [Applause] all right so here's the finished product and I don't think that's pretty good there's obviously some disadvantages to having you know dealing with the seams that's why people pay extra for somebody to come out and extrude a seamless gutter there's definitely some some some little issues with the with the seams they don't always come out exactly right and they say the sealant works really well they all seem to seal none of them seem to leak it actually rained the other day and I tested the other side and and everything held held water really well so but you know things like this that we could have done differently so you can instead of buying these little adapters here you can just get a there's a little sleeve that fits right in the bottom you can drill your own hole and so then I could have the gutter come over to the end and it looked a little nicer I wouldn't have to deal with like extra seams or whatever so that would have been something I could have done it would have been a little nicer so everything else turned out pretty well the slit the slope on everything was a little bit harder to maintain but I did get that down pretty good and I think their sloped more than they need to be but that's fine this one here just is gonna dump on the roof and then that goes down into here I didn't want it to dump directly toward the gutter I could have put it on the face of a house here it had dumped this way but then it's raining really hard it'll it'll flood right over the top of the gutter I think this way it'll shoot out onto the roof and kind of spread out before it hits the next gutter down so the hidden hangers worked really well and you know everything everything worked out worked out pretty good so I'm happy with it and as far as price cut you know cost difference you're looking at probably 25% 35% of the cost that it would have cost if I would have had someone come out so this probably would have had a thousand-dollar job I did it for about $250 so it's uh you know it's there's a big cost difference so I guess if you're looking at doing gutters yourself I have a lot of gutter projects to do I'm gonna do our garage I'm gonna do our barn and I guess I should have probably practiced how those first before I did this but everything turned out pretty good up I'm happy with it and the idea here is to get the water away from the house and I think I've accomplished that something about an afternoon worth of work about four or five hours to get everything done on both sides maybe six hours with everything and so you know it wasn't too bad as far as the labor and time is concerned so but questions or comments guys please let me know I'm sure that there's lots of things that could have changed one of the things I definitely would recommend is did you have a rivet like a little handheld rivet deal and you can get actual rivets for these and you can really put those seams together better with rivets that would have been something I should have invested in and done you can also can use screws and I probably should have done that that little seamer thing I was using it was I think a sighting not sure it definitely wasn't for this but it did work so use what you have right but anyway guys as always thank you for watching please hit thumbs up on the video and I'd love to get your feedback and questions if you have them throw them down below so as always guys thanks for watching have a good one

21 Comments

  • SSLFamilyDad

    April 15, 2019

    Here is the correct crimping tool for the end caps and seams – http://amzn.to/2xOr8XM

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  • Horsman Seamless Gutters

    April 15, 2019

    Everything in this video is wrong. Your gutters will leak like a siv and last about a month at the most. Also it’s more expensive to buy the materials from Home Depot then it is to have a professional install them. Do not use Home Depot and call a professional gutter company to install seamless gutters. This video is a joke!!!:

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  • breid1966

    April 15, 2019

    Nice job for a first timer. Like others mentioned, the ladder slope is dangerous. Rivets will last longer than the screws. 1/2" slope for every 10' of gutter. Start just a little lower than the dripline to keep the water from coming back under the roof. Use a chalk line to mark where the gutters will go. I agree with using the downspout insert vs. the adapter to make it look cleaner. I'm sure you saw and heard all the "pros" on here so I'll shut up – lol!

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  • rushedandlost

    April 15, 2019

    short gutter? dumb

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  • twanny904

    April 15, 2019

    Water is gonna go right behind that gutter. You need to put it under the drip edge. Also put the hangers (you called them hidden brackets) in before you even take the gutter up the ladder. Also just simply put the end cap on & crimp it then caulk the inside. No mess no fuss. If you have a chop saw then they work great to cut down spouts.

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  • barton poore

    April 15, 2019

    that spider shot tho!

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  • netterstyl

    April 15, 2019

    1. I presume he came out of the deal alive, but I just wouldn't have the guts to lean a ladder at that extreme of an angle…especially with young kids running around and depending on me. Having had one kick out on me and surviving to tell about it (I assume he's got some reasonable bottom support here – can't tell for sure), I'm real gun shy about that now. But with that kind of overhang, what to do? With me, I guess I'd have to call in the expensive pro's with a bucket on that part of the house. Just know your limitations – the roofers I see for instance working in my area (who foolishly – but legally, apparently – laugh off safety harnesses) shimmy up and down those ladders and on roofs all day long every day like spider monkeys…something I use to do as a kid.
    2. Never EVER put vinyl gutters on your house. The color isn't right – it's an off-white…and it gets worse with time as the vinyl tends to yellow. And time and the elements make the gutters and downspouts deteriorate and crack. You make this mistake once and you won't make it again.
    3. Learn how to splice gutter ends without using the downspout drop (do a search here on YT), which eliminates the added ugliness. Just make sure – if possible – that the splice overlap is placed away from the viewer's line of sight so as to make the splice less noticeable.
    4. The hidden downspout bracket he's using is great – it eliminates the ugly over-the-top bracket…BUT you'd better be sure it's correctly placed the first time, because relocating it is a hassle after the downspout is affixed.
    5. I'd strongly suggest using pop rivets (1/8" is standard) to connect/affix all the parts. Inexpensive, and make for a very neat/clean/attractive/unnoticeable appearance and are very easy to do after little practice. Pop rivet guns are VERY inexpensive on eBay or Amazon if you take the trouble to shop around for maybe 10 seconds. And the rivets are likewise easy to drill out and remove when you make a mistake you want to correct. I'm SO glad I went with the rivets instead of zip screws/sheet metal screws. And those Phillips-head painted screws sold alongside the gutter parts at Home Dee-pot/Lowes will send you straight to bankruptcy court.
    6. Closely examine the gutters/downspouts at the store BEFORE you haul them home and THEN discover a nasty dent somewhere.

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  • Tomorrow is Yesterday

    April 15, 2019

    Ummmmm. Shouldn't you have added gutters before the reno?

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  • Ron Yerke

    April 15, 2019

    We had installer replace gutters after some storm damage. 4 consecutive hidden gutter mounts were over tightened and the bolts broke right at the facia. Do you have any idea how to get the broken parts out? I tried vice grips, but there isn't enough to grab onto. I really don't want to make more holes in the facia by going beside. BTW, if you're going to lay out your extention ladder that flat, I hope you at least put a couple of stakes in to hold the bottom.

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  • Jeff

    April 15, 2019

    I'm not sure why you stopped shy of the right side roof edges (the gutter length), about a foot short of not reaching the roof gable edge. No one has said a word about it and I've never seen this before after 40 years of roofing work. You'll end up with rain rapidly running off the roof at these foot wide gaps – eventually yet gradually digging little trenches in your yard.

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  • Joanne Roper

    April 15, 2019

    Great video with lots of helpful tips. Nicely done Todd!

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  • Joyce Mastaw

    April 15, 2019

    Awesome video. Very informative and well done.

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  • Joyce Mastaw

    April 15, 2019

    Looks really good. Nice neat job!!

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  • joshperrythree

    April 15, 2019

    Don't take this the wrong way, but you really need to set up your extension ladder MUCH more vertical. Having it set up that way is extremely dangerous as there isn't much support to keep it from sliding out underneath you. I don't want to see a video of you in the hospital…or worse! Keep up the good work and God Bless!

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  • The Cynic

    April 15, 2019

    Snap a chalk line for your slope

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  • Edward Horn

    April 15, 2019

    i enjoy most of your video's. Here in Siuth-Africa we have also the same kind of gutters and what we have done with ours we put up some jo-jo tanks for rain water harvesting but I don't know if you have a water shortage i am using the rain water for the vegetable garden during winter time when there is no rain in our province

    I must compliment you on this job well done

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  • Glen Morrow

    April 15, 2019

    I used a tool like that to make nail slots in vinyl siding.

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  • Marcus Kloepping

    April 15, 2019

    Great video. You have been killing it lately.

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  • Mark Lewis

    April 15, 2019

    just an fyi not meant for anything else 1/4 inch per foot or 1 inch per 4 ft of drop is what is recommended for water to flow properly. long spans should have a down spout on each end so your high spot is in the center and water flows to each corner. great job though i enjoy most all your videos. thanks

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  • Alec Ver Bunker

    April 15, 2019

    Don't install the gutter to high. Put a straight edge on the roof and make sure the gutter is below it. Keeps sliding show from ripping it off in three winter

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  • Mr Frog

    April 15, 2019

    Wondering if you are going to set up a wood burning heating system like you had at your other garage.And did those bees stay in your hive?

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