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Next are the gutter guards with solid tops and a rounded front nose or fin. The water flows down the front nose through a space about 3/8" width into the gutter. You would think that the water would just skip off the gutter cover onto the ground but no. It is actually directed into the gutter as it sticks to the surface of the leaf guard. After experience with screens and filters it makes sense to doubt the ability of these devices to make gutters self cleaning and rightly so. Go to your kitchen sink and run water over a small section of the gutter cover.
Do not drive the spikes all the way. Proceed along the gutter in two foot incremental spaces until reaching the opposite end of the gutter. Get down off your ladder and look at the gutter. Does it tip ever so slightly towards the downspout hole? If it is really noticeable it may be too much tilt. Now is the time to adjust the gutter slope before you drive the spikes completely into the wood. If you are happy with the gutter go ahead and drive the spikes flush with the gutter but do not compress the gutter or ferrules.
Once the gutter is mounted you can proceed on to install the downspouts. Downspout fittings come in what are called either A or B types. They are both approximately 45 degree elbows but one is on the flat and the other is curved. Using combinations of fittings and solid downspout piping make up the entire downspout in one piece on the ground by trial and error fittings. You can bend the elbows slightly and using left and right fittings to clear other obstructions until you have a finished length of downspout that will take the water directly to the ground or splash block below.
You will need ladders a hammer tape measure four foot level drill with metal bits rivets and rivet gun gutter caulking gutter spikes and ferrules or roof gutter straps. I place one nail every two feet on center starting a couple of inches in from the ends and over the downspout outlet(s) openings. First install both the end caps with caulking and then add the downspout outlets riveting each one in place. If youre using a single ten foot gutter a downspout at one end should be more than sufficient. Gutters may be hung using either nails and ferrules or roof straps.