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Gutter How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our gutter step-by-step tips & ideas.

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Are Gutters Necessary? (2022 Guide)

Wondering if gutters are necessary for your home? Read our detailed guide to determine whether or not you need a gutter system.
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Backyard Drainage Solutions

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows Kevin O’Connor a few ways to handle storm water, including French drains, channel drains, and dry wells
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How to Divert Water Without Gutters or Downspouts

Everyone knows the importance of diverting water away from a house, but sometimes, a traditional gutter and downspout simply won’t work. Roger Cook evaluates a couple alternatives for moving rainwater effectively.
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Add a Drainage System Under Raised Decks

Keep the area dry for storage or added living space
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How to Install an Alternative to Gutters

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva installs an alternative to a gutter where a traditional one does not work
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3 Ways to Keep Gutters Running Free

Take action to keep downspouts running freely before those shade trees start shedding in earnest.
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How to Install a Rain Gutter

Here are the steps, tools, and costs you’ll need to add gutters, downspouts, and rain barrels to your house.
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How to Repair a Gutter

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to maintain aluminum gutters and downspouts
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How to Install Fiberglass Gutters

These factory-molded substitutes look just like traditional wood, but they'll never leak, rot, or need paint
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How to Repair a Leaky Gutter

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva has a fast fix for a dripping rain gutter
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Gutters: How to Choose, Install and Clean Them

We provide you everything you need to know about how to select and maintain these unsung heroes of roof-water management.
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How to Size Gutters and Downspouts

Use this handy guide to make sure your rain collection is up to the task during even the heaviest storm.
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How to Install Aluminum Gutters

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to install aluminum gutters.
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Fix Now, Save Later

Our experts help you address 9 little trouble spots around your home before they cause big—as in big bucks—damage down the road
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Gargoyles for Your Home

Dress up your gutters and gardens with these medieval monsters
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How to Install Rainwater Collection

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to collect valuable rainwater for use in the garden
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4 Rain Barrel Options

Old-fashioned rain barrels conserve water while supercharging your lawn and garden
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How to Install Gutters

A step-by-step guide to installing DIY gutters with corrugated downspouts and decorative cast-aluminum brackets.