Installing A Copper Gutter

By Robert Robillard on How To

How To Install A Copper Gutter

Today’s job was to remove a rotted wood gutter and install a 16 gauge, 5″ half-round copper gutter with a downspout directed to an underground drain pipe .

Removing The Old Gutter

The gutter we removed was just a short piece of wood gutter that ran longer than the roof and did not have an end cap. The original theory behind this was to carry rain off the roof and shoot it into the adjacent planting bed.

Installing A Copper Gutter

Fix Trim

The old wood gutter had a crack in it which resulted in trim and framing rot. I installed a new cedar fascia board. We back primed the board and installed it with stainless steel nails.

Photo below. The porch has crown molding on the rake side. This molding terminated a the fascia. Our new fascia had to be cut to match this crown molding.

Installing A Copper Gutter

Below: Cedar board scribed and cut to match the crown molding profile.

Installing A Copper Gutter

Once we cut the copper gutter to length we attached the end caps with copper rivets and lead solder.

Installing A Copper Gutter

Rivets and Solder Make BEST Connection

The outlet section for the gutter comes separate and need to be attached in order to connect a downspout. This too was connected with copper rivets.

Installing A Copper Gutter

and then soldered with lead solder.

Installing A Copper Gutter

Original ten foot Length of copper gutter before cutting to size.

Installing A Copper Gutter

Install Hangers

5″ Copper shank and circle hangers were used to hang and secure this copper gutter. Note the crown molding profile on the cedar fascia board.

Installing A Copper Gutter

Install Down Spouts

Copper gutter in place with downspout and elbows.

Installing A Copper Gutter

Front view of copper gutter system. Still waiting to install the downspout pipe. [left]

Installing A Copper Gutter

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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