The Cross House

Making My Own Built-In Gutter!

In 2015, I had the built-in gutters of the Cross relined with some space-age white goop.

And, presto, the gutters stopped leaking!

As time however would soon prove, my excitement was…premature. For, while the gutters did indeed no longer leak, several areas of gutter simply allowed water to cascade over their edges. And this caused massive damage over the decades.

When the gutters were installed in 1894 there’s no doubt that all were perfectly sloped to facilitate water running downhill, so to speak. But, old houses settle. And this caused some gutters to droop. Meaning, that water which was intended in 1894 to flow, say, to the west was now flowing to the east. With no downspout on the east end, water would fill the gutter and cascade over the huge cornice.

 

The built-in gutter of the servant’s hall extension. Originally, the shallow end was to the left. Water would come off the roof, spill into the gutter, and flow to the RIGHT. By 2014 however, the left side had long dropped down, and water was instead flowing to the LEFT.

 

Over many decades, the water spilling over the gutter and down the big cornice totally rotted everything below: the siding, sheathing, framing, the huge frame of the double kitchen window, and even the sill of the house. I fixed all this in 2014.

I have known about this problem for several years but only now have managed to repair the problem.

 

I hand-crafted a new built-in gutter! Oh, look here…

 

…for this is the actual gutter. At the top, the bottom of the gutter is, once again, at a higher elevation than what is shown lower right.

 

I made the whole thing out of bits of metal and rivets. Then I painted it all with the space-age goop. I look forward during the next storm to see it in action.

There are three more gutter areas that need such work but, now that I have done one, the rest should be easier.

I feel quite Spartacus-like!

 

5 Responses to Making My Own Built-In Gutter!

  1. Ross, excellent work! What exactly is the space age goop you use? I have a similar problem to address and I’m trying to figure out how to tackle it.

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