A Guttering Completion

Previously, I posted about the built-in gutter adjacent to the towering north chimney. Over time, the immense weight of the chimney caused it to sink 2-1/2-inches. Eek! And this meant that the gutter no longer directed water horizontally, but rather over its edge.

This. Is. Bad.

And this meant that, over many decades, water leached out the mortar from the chimney.

This. Is. Bad.

The 2017 Heritage Grant helped repoint the second-floor level of the chimney, so disaster has been averted. But, something had to be done about the damn sunken gutter.

I have put this off for months due to my, umm, current fragile state. The idea of climbing up/down the scaffolding a half-dozen times to fix the gutter issue just overwhelmed me.

Then Cody, an official young thing, said he would visit for ten days. I thought: Would Cody help?

He would. And did.

I climbed up, once. Then, realizing I forgot something, I looked at Cody with pleading eyes: “Can you climb down and get…”

A bit later, realizing I forgot something, I looked at Cody with pleading eyes: “Can you climb down and get…”

A bit later, realizing I forgot something, I looked at Cody with pleading eyes: “Can you climb down and get…”

And, so on.

Wanna see the results?


See the bronze-colored Z-shaped strip? I added that. It is a vertical extension.


The strip should (note the operative word: should) stop water from overflowing the sunken gutter but I will not know for sure until it rains.

Ahh, rain. Something I used to know well.




  1. Leigh on August 3, 2021 at 6:47 am

    A wall to keep the water in, simple and brilliant! Cody is heaven-sent, such a big help! ❤

  2. Barb Sanford on August 3, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Yes, you need a convenient rain to test the system, and Kansas doesn’t operate that way. Hope you can give the gutter fix a test run soon.

  3. john feuchtenberger on August 3, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Ah, young persons with young knees! And young backs! When you reach a certain age, there appear increasing numbers of things that you know how to do, but can only accomplish with increasing difficulty. Enter young persons, in the grateful symmetry of giving physical help and receiving technical training–Ross the mentor aided by Cody the apprentice (in some regards–seems already like a pretty able guy!)

  4. Laurie L Weber on August 3, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Yes it is wonderful to have young help! I have 4 nieces and 2 nephews that are awesome! Can’t believe you got up there! Yay to you and Cody! (My bro just had my nephew crawl on my roof to hose out gutters and downspouts so am grateful AGAIN). 🙂

  5. Cindy Belanger on August 3, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Yay for Cody, what a great help. I’m glad you didn’t have to go up and down the scaffolding too many times. Another job out of the way. Woohoo!
    What is the Z strip made of and how is it attached? We too have water running over the edge of our built in gutter at the two corners. The original metal rusted out and instead of doing a proper repair job, they lined the gutter with rubber sheeting, stretching it too tight at the corners. Therefore the corners don’t have much depth to them and overflow.

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