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Old 11-07-11, 11:44 PM   #1
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OK, I own two houses (that makes me sound like a snooty *******, but I'm not! The house was left to me in a Will), and tonight I drove up to my second house to stay there for a few days, as it is situated in a small village, and I need a break from the busyness of town.

It is a 1990 2 bedroom house, with two stories, and the original cast iron guttering

I was standing outside 20 minutes having a smoke, when I noticed I was getting slowly wetter and wetter. That isn't unusual in itself, as it was raining, but it was on the one side of my head that was getting really wet.

I looked up, and saw a constant dripping of water coming from my guttering!

I thought it was a leak, but when I looked closer, I saw the whole guttering was leaning forward and it just happened to be the bit that was dripping had a small chip in it, which was letting the water out.

I got my torch, shone it up, and saw all of the clips (bar one on either side) had gone, and the two remaining were bent a lot.

After some further squinting (it is dark!), I noticed the two remaining clips are extremely corroded, and look like they could go at any minute - Literally!

The rest of the guttering is quite corroded, but I gave it a lick of paint last year, and assumed it'd be fine...

I've seen cast iron guttering go for over 50 years with no care and still be attached, but this seems to be an exception!

Basically, how would I go about replacing the clips ?

Sorry, this may be a basic thing, but I'm quite thick about guttering, as I don't know anything about it!

I can only pray it stops raining, because I honestly don't want to be woken up tonight by the sound of a whole length of cast iron landing on my driveway (I only just got fresh concrete laid last month!)

Luckily I put the Pug into the garage, so I don't have to worry about it at least.

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Old 13-07-11, 09:28 PM   #2
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Get rid of it - before it falls onto the head of someone.

Plastic guttering - easy fit - simply clicks together.

When putting up the new guttering - make sure that it slopes towards the down pipe.

Even better get someone in to replace the guttering. It's not expensive.

Leave the guttering as is and you'll end with damp penetrating the walls - you don't want that.
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Old 13-07-11, 09:45 PM   #3
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Get a roofer to change it, and pay him with the old guttering so he can weigh it in then go on a cruise
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