Step 1: Set The Pitch

setting the pitch for installing half-round gutters
Photo: Matthew Benson
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At the high point of the gutter's run, hold a bracket and a section of gutter against the fascia, with the gutter's outer lip just under the plane of the roof. Make a mark with a pencil for the bracket's screw hole. Use a water level to make a matching mark at the downspout end. Measure down from that mark, ½ inch for every 10 feet of run, and mark the low point. Snap a chalk line between the high and low marks, and you have your pitch.
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    Tools List

    • ladder
      Ladders
    • pencil
      Pencil
    • water level
      Water Level
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • chalk line
      Chalk line
    • drill
      Drill/driver or Impact driver
    • hole saw
      Hole saw or Metal shears
    • pop rivet gun
      Pop-rivet gun (if using pop rivets)
    • emery cloth
      300-grit emery cloth
    • propane torch
      Hand torch
    • tack cloth
      Wiping cloth

    Shopping List

    Gutter brackets
    Screws (included with brackets)
    Gutters
    Flux
    50/50 solder