When you have just gotten a house, you may not think about the problems it may encounter. In your eyes, your property is perfect. However, with a 603mm rainfall, Melbourne houses could really use a gutter to keep the rainwater away from the house and its foundation. A gutter can help you out here. It can help direct the water away from the house while gently guiding it to ground-level.

Gutter installation prep

Sometimes, when homeowners try to get gutters installed, they find the fascia severely damaged with cracks, split, and mould. Therefore, replacing the fascia should be the first step. The next thing to do is to have a chat with the local permitting officer about code compliance. Finally, choose a good, dry day with wonderful weather and help from a friend who can hold the ladder. Make sure you are wearing heavy leather gloves for all the cutting.

What you need [for 20 feet linear gutter]


Tin snips
Safety glasses
Rivet gun
Chalk snap line
Nail and hammer
Cordless drill with drill bits and drivers
Six-foot step ladder
Laser level or bubble level
Tape measure


2 10-foot gutters
2 gutter end caps
Gutter sealant
8 gutter hanging straps
1 box of gutter hanging screws
1 10-foot downspout
3 downspout U-brackets
1 downspout outlet
1 75-degree downspout elbow
1 drainpipe extension

7 steps for gutter installation

Step 1: Access the fascia and hammer a nail onto its highest point. Run a line with a chalk snap line with a vertical drop of ¼ inch per 10 feet. Calculate the slope and remove the nail and line.

Step 2: Mark the centre point of the house’s corner board onto the gutter after measurement.

Step 3: At this point, use a hammer and chisel and later the tin snip to cut a v shape for the downspout outlet and seal it.

Step 4: With a drill and hanging screws, attach the gutter’s lower side to the house, according to the chalk line.

Step 5: Now, attach the upper side of the gutter, making sure it aligns with the lower side. Seal the meeting edges to prevent leaking.

Step 6: Cap the ends of the gutter

Step 7: Screw in the U-shaped brackets at the top, centre, and bottom of the corner board. Fit the drainpipe to its outlet. Attach the drainpipe extension to direct water further away from the foundation.


You have now fixed the gutter for your house. The next step is the proper maintenance of this system and other drainage systems in your property. This means calling in professionals for gutter repairs in Melbourne and keeping these clean. Doing this can help you prevent basement flooding or dampness.

Author's Bio: 

Caitlyn Bell is an Arts student whose experiences in life make her really tougher than anyone else. She can lend you expert tips on diverse topics ranging from relationship to fashion, making money, health, and so on.