The Rain Gutter Saga

We’ve lived in this house for over four years… with no rain gutters.  This is not usually a problem here in the Sonoran Desert.  However, this week we are surviving the worst storm in 17 years and a rain gutter hit the top of my NEED list.  There are four slanted roof surfaces that all guide the water to the overhang BANG in front of our entryway.  Because we have a flat tiled roof, the water created a curtain of mini-waterfalls that you had to pass through to get in or out of the house.  Usually, like I said, we don’t get much rain, but I was aware of the torrential downpour that was coming this week, so I splurged and bought a rain gutter, an end cap and brackets.  I arrived home in the darkness of night, albeit clear skies, and decided the gutter would meet the front of the house in the morning.  Unfortunately, the following morning the rain was also meeting the roof and making said curtain of mini-waterfalls during the installation period. 

The entire process was indeed photo-worthy.  We were only out there for about 20 minutes, but the pelting water was relentless.  Austin and I were soaked right through to the skivies, and not forgetting, through to the soles of our shoes. (Well, mine anyways.  He had on flip-flops.)

Yes, that’s me braving the elements.  It was a bad hair day, hence the hat. 

The following picture of Austin installing the supports for the brackets almost shows the wall of water that we used to experience just to his right.  It had however, reduced to a slight sprinkle by this point.  A reprieve for the rain gutter installers.

Keeve’s job was to pile large rocks where the water was now directed to and would indeed be causing a gorge without deterrents.  Of course, this could not be accomplished by an 11-year-old boy without sticking his head IN the spout of newly, redirected water.

When the dry season returns, we plan to paint the gutter to match the house trim…. and if we’re feeling generous, we might even buy more gutter to reach the end of the house, like most normal gutters do.  But no promises.  I’m just happy that we can leave the house without taking a shower.

Downspout, sweet downspout.  Brings a tear to my eye.

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6 Responses to “The Rain Gutter Saga”

  1. morethananelectrician Says:

    It is common just ot install a “drip edge” to keep water from running over a doorway.

    A photo…

  2. rixgal Says:

    Steve, I actually thought of you this week during this whole process. Here are my questions:
    The drip edge doesn’t look like it would work with a tiled roof???
    And our glass block window above the tub leaked like a sieve during the storm. Can you seal them from the inside?? The outside on on the second story.
    Thanks!

  3. RIP Says:

    Not a good idea – while using a hammer to have your eyes closed.

  4. morethananelectrician Says:

    The drip edge would work..but it would look awkward.

  5. rixgal Says:

    I’m squinting. My eyes are not shut!

  6. Gramps and Gram Says:

    Waiting for a new blog. (I know you are very busy.)

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