Repair a rain gutter
Fix the rain gutter before rainy season comes!
You know you have to fix your rain gutter before rainy season comes again, but it seems too difficult and you don't want to spend money on calling a specialist? Forget about it - we'll teach you how to do an easy rain gutter repair! You won't need to fear Winter season anymore, because your rain gutter will be working as it should be
WHAT YOU NEED
- Construction adhesive (e.g. UniBond One For All)
- Piece of wood
- Wood board
- Cartridge gun
- Waste box
- Smoothing tool
- Bucket with water and soap
Get the materials
You will need a construction adhesive (e.g. UniBond One For All), a cutter, a cutting board, a wood board, a cartridge gun, a waste box, a smoothing tool, a brush, a bucket with water and soap and a cloth.
Clean the parts
Your rain gutter has been up there holding the rain for the last years and it's also holding some dirt. After taking it down, clean it with a cloth and a brush and remove the loose particles such as tree leaves or small branches.
Prepare the cartridge gun
Using a cartridge gun is useful, but you need to prepare the cartridge as well. Put the cartridge tip on top of the piece of wood to stabilize it and cut it with the cutter.
Extrude some product
Sometimes, the first centimetres of product inside the cartridge are not on their best conditions due to packaging. Therefore, make sure to extrude 5 cm of adhesive into the waste box to avoid possible damaged product that could lose the adhesion properties. The remaining product will work perfectly for all your DIY projects.
Prepare the cartridge nozzle
The preparations are almost over! Screw the nozzle onto the cartridge and use the piece of wood to cut it. You should try to cut where you can have a hole of around 6mm, which is the recommendable diameter for the product application.
Apply the product
Ready for the interesting part? Put the cartridge into the cartridge gun and let's start. Apply a good amount of construction adhesive (e.g. UniBond One For All) on the two sides of the gutter where the leak is.
Distribute the adhesive
It seems like you've covered it well. Now, take a thin wood board, soak it in the bucket with water and soap, and distribute the adhesive. Make sure to keep it flat with a film thickness of approximately 3 to 5 mm.
Smooth the adhesive
One more step and you've finished: Before the adhesive starts to skin over, smooth it with a plastic smoothing tool.
Let it dry overnight and it's time to put it back up! Check the final position and that's it: Turn your outside light on and just wait for the rainy season to see your rain gutter repair work with perfection!