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60 feet of gutter, 155 feet of leaf guard

We’re coming up on nine months in the house. Startling to think time passes that quickly.

Two things we’ve learned include:

  1. We need a gutter at the front of the house. Water cascades when it rains off the upper roof, hits the lower roof over the front door, and you get soaked stepping to and from the front porch.
  2. We need leaf guards at the gutters on the kitchen side of the house. We will need leaf guards at the new front gutter. The oak trees that surround the house start dropping acorns in September. They rain against the roof with sharp retorts that scare the puppy. Then, in the existing gutters at the side of the house, the acorns collect by the thousands; this will repeat at the new front gutter, under that canopy of mature oaks. Steven has had to climb up to the roof and blow out the acorns twice already — and it’s only early November.

A call to M&R Seamless Gutters brings them back to Emerald Hill to calculate an estimate, which Steven approves. Adriel and Simon arrive about 4 pm Wednesday. The sun is already low in the Fall sky. They set to work. As it got darker, Steven fished a work light out of the garage to help them see and work safely in the dark. 

Here’s a photo essay.

Adriel holds one of the sections of leaf guard -- a metal mesh that allows water through to the gutter.
Adriel holds one of the sections of leaf guard — a metal mesh that allows water through to the gutter.
Adriel borrowed Steven's camera to shoot this photo of several leaf guard sections screwed into place atop the garage.
Adriel borrowed Steven’s camera to shoot this photo of several leaf guard sections screwed into place atop the garage.
Mario, at back, set up the brake machine and the roll of metal, and the machine spit out 60 feet of seamless gutter.
Mario, at back, set up the brake machine and the roll of metal, and the machine spit out 60 feet of seamless gutter.
Mario, at left, and Adriel carry 60 feet of freshly formed gutter to the house.
Mario, at left, and Adriel carry 60 feet of freshly formed gutter to the house.
And up it goes. Mario at right. Adriel at left. The sun went down. It got pitch black. They kept screwing the gutter to the house, working by lights built into the electric drills. They finished with the downspouts and leaf guards after 7 pm.
And up it goes. Mario at right. Adriel at left. The sun went down. It got pitch black. They kept screwing the gutter to the house, working by lights built into the electric drills. They finished with the downspouts and leaf guards after 7 pm.
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Making Jadin’s window operational

The tall window at the back of Jadin’s bedroom opens partially. Crank it further open and it hits the exterior eave under roof. To fix this, Ranserve brought in Cris and Kevin to cut open the eave from underneath, and the fascia.

On 2 November, M&R Seamless Raingutters returned to Emerald Hill to cut a section of roof gutter away opposite the window. They installed a splash guard above the window, at the roof, to push water to the left and right, capped the gutter at each end, and installed a new downspout to the side of Jadin’s window.

One less problem to solve.

To finish, the painters will have to come back to caulk all the joints and paint it all up.

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Gutter up

Unlike the political scrum that should be flushed away, M&R Seamless Gutters today helps to protect Emerald Hill from the deluge that will come.

Photo essay:

The 40-foot run of seamless gutter destined for the back of the garage.
The 40-foot run of seamless gutter destined for the back of the garage.
The other end of the 40-foot gutter.
The other end of the 40-foot gutter.
Alex sets up the next run of gutter to extrude from the brake that folds the flat aluminum into a six-inch gutter.
Alex sets up the next run of gutter to extrude from the brake that folds the flat aluminum into a six-inch gutter.
Alex, left, and Grigorio, right, hoist the gutter into position at the low end of the shed roof over the new garage.
Alex, left, and Grigorio, right, hoist the gutter into position at the low end of the shed roof over the new garage.
After screwing the left end of the gutter into position, Alex shifted around Grigorio to the right side of the garage. They leveled the gutter and then added pitch, with direction from Marvin, on the ground at left.
After screwing the left end of the gutter into position, Alex shifted around Grigorio to the right side of the garage. They leveled the gutter and then added pitch, with direction from Marvin, on the ground at left.
Alex delivers the next length of gutter, fresh off the brake. Grigorio, left, and Marvin, on the roof, continue instaling a run of gutter at the roof off the kitchen.
Alex delivers the next length of gutter, fresh off the brake. Grigorio, left, and Marvin, on the roof, continue installing a run of gutter at the roof off the kitchen.
Test fitting the first downspout.
Test fitting the first downspout.
Red downspout to match the red-painted Hardieboard on the new garage bay. Cool!
Red downspout to match the red-painted Hardieboard on the new garage bay. Cool!
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