How to Properly Perform Downspout Installation

Downspout Installation

Downspout installation is an essential element of your gutter system, not only protecting your home from moisture damage but also adding to its curb appeal.

Downspouts should be placed at both the front and rear of your house, with an extension of 4-6 feet away from your foundation.


Installing a downspout correctly will direct rainwater away from your gutter system and away from your home, helping to shield it against foundation damage and keep the basement dry.

Planning your downspout installation before installation is critical. Doing this will guarantee they are in the correct location, away from potential obstructions like electric meters, hose bibs or air conditioning units.

Additionally, you will need to cut the downspout into sections that are the correct size using tin snips.

Once your cuts are complete, use a gutter crimper to secure the edges together. Now you can install your downspout!

Once the downspout has been prepared, dig a trench to the desired location for its extension. Bury the downspout at least one foot underground and it is recommended to dig beneath the frost line in order to prevent freezing during cold weather.

Ladder Stabilizer

A ladder stabilizer is a useful accessory that mounts on extension ladders to increase their stability when doing gutter installation. They also help prevent slips when working around windows or eaves and high walls.

When selecting a ladder stabilizer, the material used will determine its durability and functionality. Aluminum stabilizers are the best option as they offer extra support while being lightweight and portable.

Ladder-Max: the First Certified Ladder Standoff for Direct Roof Placement

Ladder-Max is the first ladder stabilizer on the market to be certified for direct roof placement, helping reduce business liability by eliminating the need to lean an extension ladder against eaves, gutters or roof edges. Furthermore, it will prevent damage to metal siding, gutters and eaves due to excessive weight.

Chalk Line

A chalk line is a hand tool composed of an outer body (known as the chalk box) with reel of string inside. It has hook ring on one end of the line and rewind crank to wind it back into its container when you are finished using it.

This type of line is perfect for drawing straight lines on surfaces that are difficult to mark with a ruler. Plus, you don’t need any special skills or tools to achieve perfect accuracy with just some basic techniques.

One of the simplest methods for making a perfect line is by snapping it tightly. This keeps tension on your line, so you won’t lose it. Alternatively, wrap the string around a nail at one end and pull it taut for extra friction.


A gutter system is an integral component of a home’s drainage system. It channels water away from your house and prevents mold or mildew buildup.

Homeowners in your area have several gutter options, such as aluminum, copper and galvanized steel. Whatever material you opt for should be able to withstand the amount of rainfall your area experiences annually.

Gutter installation is usually a relatively straightforward project for the average do-it-yourselfer, but if time is an issue or you lack confidence in your abilities to complete the job correctly, hiring a gutter company or licensed contractor is recommended.

First, locate the rafter tails behind the fascia (usually 16 inches apart). Mark each rafter tail with a chalk line and bore a 1/8-inch pilot hole through both the fascia and into each rafter tail at each mark.