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Install a PVC gutter

  • Difficulty: hammer hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : Week-End Project

Gutters protect your home from heavy rain and snowfall by ensuring that rainwater is evacuated away from the foundations. Your home is therefore drier with fewer humidity problems, and the ground drains better. PVC guttering has the advantage of being durable, affordable and easy to install. No specialized tools are required for installation – a hammer and screwdriver are all you need.

PVC gutters come in different profiles, most often G shaped (half round) or U shaped (flat bottomed). This guide shows you how to install a gutter system step by step.


Tools and materials required


  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level
  • Hacksaw
  • Stepladder
  • Ladder or scaffolding
  • Chalk line
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Plumb line
  • Mitre box
  • File


  • Gutters
  • Gutter hangers
  • Drop outlets
  • End caps
  • Downspout clips
  • Connectors
  • Joiners
  • Galvanized nails
  • Galvanized self-tapping screws
  • Diverter attachments
  • Strainer
  • PVC cement

Before Assembly

Draw a plan of your house to compile a list of all the parts needed.
Determine the length of gutter required as well as the number and length of downspouts. If your house already has gutters, you can use the dimensions of the existing system.
Gutters and downspouts are sold in 10' sections. The mounting brackets are installed every 16" - 24” and the downspout clips every 3'.


Gutter installation involves working at height which poses a risk of falling.

  • Wear safety glasses, a helmet, gloves and a safety harness.
  • Place the ladder or stepladder firmly on solid ground and secure it to the edge of the roof.
  • Use scaffolding if the edge of the roof is particularly high off the ground.
  • Be extremely careful of power lines and electrical wires. If necessary, ask the electricity company to cut off the power temporarily while you do the work.

Cutting vinyl

PVC is easily cut with a hacksaw. Use a fine-tooth blade and a mitre box for straight, clean cuts. File the edges smooth. Clean, straight cuts will help ensure watertight joints.



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