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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Making Box gutters

This week I had to make up two sections of large box gutters to waterproof an area of a barn we're converting.
The roof used to run down into a wall with vertical cladding that had normal guttering at the bottom. This was fine when it was just a barn as the water could run down onto the floor and not cause any problems.
As we're now doing them up it need to be water proof. We stripped off the cladding and the first four or five runs of slates so we could see what we were working with.
I then started at the lowest point and made the first step. A 1.4m run of ply that had a good fall on it. I then worked my way back to the other end of the roof creating each 1.4m run of gutter with a 50mm step between each level Each bit has to be fully supported and built in such a way to take the lead.

Working on the roof
 Bert the plumber then leaded these for me and we set about lapping the felt back over it to make it waterproof before we put the slates back on.
One stretch of leaded gutter
I've now got to reinstall the cladding and repair a section of oak frame that I exposed due to a high level of rot/woodworm on one joint.

8 comments:

  1. That should work good and not get clogged. So many of our guttering is too narrow and is a constant problem.

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    1. Yeah, also this is big enough if you had to you caould get up there and clear it easily

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  2. If you ever need a working holiday...

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    1. Cuold be fun! although I'd prefer just a holiday!

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  3. That looks wonderful; congrats. A certain amount of hollowed-out wooden 'tree trunk' guttering still exists in parts of France.

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    1. That sounds like interesting stuff - did you see my posts on wooden water pumps - It's amazing some of the stuff they used to make!

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  4. Interesting project Kev, I must remember the technique. I am not sure a lay out of that sort with that deep valley up against a wall would last long. I fear with the amount of snow and ice we get over here it might overflow and dam up under the shingles. I just got done doing some copper gutters myself.

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    1. There will be felt down the side of the vertical wall and then weather boarding but we don't have anywhere near as much snow and ice as you! We normally allow around 4" on the vertical and 9" on the slope

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