Taming Crazy

So, y’all remember the crazy downspout (to the right)?


When I purchased the house in 2014 it had but a single downspout. All others had been inexplicably removed, causing extraordinary damage over the years.

I rushed to install spouts, and this one was cobbled together out of what I could find.

The spouts aren’t normal, of course, but round. This used be common. No longer. By an extraordinary stroke of luck there is an old roofing company a few blocks from the Cross House and they—drum roll, please—have round in stock!

The crazy spout is the biggest on the house (5-inches) as it carries MOST of the rain from the huge roof. One built-in gutter funnels to the next gutter and to the next and so on until it all drains out into the crazy spout. Even the round tower roof, totally kiddy-corner from the crazy spout, drains ultimately into the crazy spout.


All these roofs ultimately drain to the crazy spout (lower right). So, 3/4 of the whole huge roof drains out of a single spout.


But something had to be done about how crazy the crazy spout looked.

Wanna see?

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MUCH better!


I could not install the vertical spout between the kitchen windows because the scaffolding is in the way, so I did a temporary, ah, diversion. It should be fun watching this in the next rain storm! The angled part exactly matches the angle of the roof.


This is the only way I could do the spout without having it awkwardly snake over and around the big first-floor cornice. Until the scaffolding is gone, and the vertical spout installed, I can’t really tell how it is all going to look but…Ross is excited!



  1. Annette on July 16, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Wow five inches is huge but it’s a huge roof area. When I look at that I can’t help but think of those kids toys you get where you make channels for marbles. I feel you need to invest in some marbles Ross. Or some four inch high children!

  2. Sandra Lee on July 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Marbles! Excellent! Downspout jigsaw it seems!

  3. Dawn Rocco on July 16, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Wow what a water slide that would be!

  4. Chris Edwards on July 17, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    My inner teenager wants to get up on the tower roof with some colored water and time how long it takes to come out the new downspout. Great progress!

    • Ross on July 17, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      Geez, Chris.

      Now you’ve put that idea in my head!

      • Chris Edwards on July 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

        next blog post… BTW, awesome work on the house! I’m living vicariously.

  5. Karen Steele on July 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Five inches is understandable. That is quite a bit of water to parlay off the roof. As a firefighter, 5″ hose is what we use to spray water on commercial buildings. Again, you inspire me to hang in there with my fixer upper.

  6. Ragnar on July 18, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Again, one of the intriguing differences between Europe and the US! I just checked a random DIY store’s web site and their standard downpipes are 2″, 3″ and 4″ round. Larger probably requires a roofing supply store but should be readily available. I think the apartment building I grew up in had at least 6″ on the front! That was replaced in 2013 without any issues. They didn’t have any problems replacing the highly unusual rectangular gutters either, even though the standard is semi-circular these days. I suppose it does make a difference in availability whether you’re in a city with plenty of large buildings that require substantial gutters and downspouts or not though, so maybe not as much a difference EU – US but capital city vs. small-ish town. The fact that round downpipes and half-round gutters are much more common than rectangular in central Europe remains though.

  7. Melody Halliday on July 18, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    With that amount of the roof being drained into one spot it was obviously intended for the cistern. Water is a valuable resource. With roofing materials like slate tile, the water would be fairly clean, not full of grit like asphalt shingles would shed.

    With a run that long, keeping it clean will be essential to proper function.

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