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Weekend of April 16th: Rain Gutters

For homes in most regions of the country, rain gutters and downspouts are necessary to collect and carry away rainwater. Without them, water would erode the soil around the foundation, splash dirt onto the siding and likely leak into the basement or crawlspace.Gutters are most often installed by professionals, but there's no reason you can't do it yourself.

In How to Install Rain Gutters, we'll show you how to install reproduction half-round gutters that are exact replicas of the size and style gutters typically found on older homes. This system features corrugated downspouts and decorative cast-aluminum brackets.

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