Otherwise known as installing my first-ever gutter and downspout.
It was just a 14-foot span and would not have been a difficult job at all, had I had the brains to ignore the manufacturer’s instructions. Those instructions called for gluing together the entire main gutter span — in this case a 10-foot section and a two-foot section — before bracketing it to the fascia board. Given that the glue sets in geological time rather than human-relatable time, that meant I was up on a ladder handling (all by my lonesome) a 12-foot gutter section that flopped like a dead fish and became increasingly sticky with each wobble.
Next time (and there will be many next times, as there are three additional short spans that currently have no gutters and one very long span whose gutters are destined to go wherever bad gutters go when they die) I’ll simply assemble the gutter sections in place and eliminate yesterday’s major step of cussing. Once I’d finally managed to install the long section, the job was easy-peasy.
The bottom of the downspout will feed into a four-inch drainpipe, which will run under the house and eventually (next summer, maybe) join the underground drainage system that began behind the new retaining walls. Still need to get that pipe, add a few more bits of glue, and bracket the downspout to the wall. Then it’s done. Oh, and scrub off half a dozen store barcodes. Not a lovely aesthetic touch, those.
This single gutter assembly was the last project I’d hoped to accomplish this summer (summer! where did it go?), mainly to avoid the merciless drip-drenching the critters and I get every winter day when we go in and out the door. Mission accomplished.
But the gutters have a nice, sharp appearance, too. That helps. Someday this place will look like a real house. Bit by bit by bit it’s getting there.