A Downspout. By Dr. Seuss.

For decades, the downspout for the built-in gutter of the Octagon Tower was missing. This caused a lot of damage to the adjacent wood shingles, now freshly painted (all actually need to be replaced). In 2014, I installed this downspout, but it was not right. In order to feed into the lower gutter, the spout was crooked as it did not align with the lower gutter. So, a crooked gutter. Oh, the horror.


And my very silly fix.


I cannot just do a straight vertical spout with an elbow on the bottom because the elbow would be at a 90-degree angle to the gutter, meaning that it would pour water at the roof rather than straight into the gutter.

So, I need one elbow to move the spout over to the gutter, a second elbow to “turn” the spout to align with the gutter, and a third elbow to direct the water into the gutter.

While a solution…it looks ridiculous!

The strapping is temporary.

It should looks better painted. I hope.




  1. Linda A. on September 19, 2020 at 9:16 am

    I was just thinking as I looked at the picture, “oh, it will be fine once it is painted” and then it was your closing statement!!

  2. Marjie on September 19, 2020 at 9:39 am

    I was just thinking it was a thing of beauty if it’s going to keep the house and you from suffering any more damage and repair. 😉

  3. Leigh on September 19, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Functional! Wheeee!

  4. Mike on September 19, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    It looks fine for now, but we all know it will eat at you until you replace it, LOL…and I know that what you come up with will look as though it were designed by Mr. Cross for that exact spot. In the meantime, if you are like me, you will point it out to people who would otherwise not notice it so that you can explain and apologize for it 🙂

    • SEB on September 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm

      heehee 🙂

  5. Nathan on September 19, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Its whimsical, I like It! It’s simply mimicking the scrollyness of the trim above it 🙂

  6. Marilyn Moon Franks on September 19, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    A man’s gotta do what he’s gotta do! I am happy that in these very strange times, the tower is painted and stands as a beacon for combining all the inches you have put together. I’m proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone for a bit. That’s a hard thing for perfectionists, I should know lol. It’s all just so lovely! Dr. Suess would be proud!

  7. Nancy from New Yawk on September 21, 2020 at 6:55 am

    It adds character and artistic flair. No one likes a boring house! I do love the statement that no one would notice it but you will continually point it out! I’m afraid that may be true!

  8. Peter J. on September 21, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Isn’t there a flexible plastic elbow you can use?
    I have one on my drainpipe. It runs off at a shallow angle just above groundlevel.

  9. Bonnie Ceitlin Boyd on September 21, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    I love it! It needs a gargoyle.
    You are doing great.

  10. Colin Boss on September 23, 2020 at 2:22 am

    It’s whimsical and I’m sure perfectly functional. Hope all the other work is progressing well.

  11. Suzanne on September 23, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    So recently my washing machine flooded the laundry room. The plumber was perplexed. He diagnosed underground pipes needed replacing at massive cost. My husband, engineer, started experimenting. A week prior a bend had been introduced in the receiving pipe that the washing machine drained into. When large quantities of water drained into that pipe the extra bend caused a bottleneck/blockage that overflowed the receiving pipe. He removed the bend and flooding stopped. Maybe your rain gutters will never see such a waterflow but I thought I should mention it!

    • Ross on September 25, 2020 at 11:14 pm

      You’re scaring me, Suzanne!

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