Asked on May 20, 2015

Need to install rain gutters, I am a retired and on a limited budget.

Annie DohertySally Barnett FairchildHazel Adams
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When it rains I literally get a sheet of water coming off the roof. The red stars mark the area. It pours down creating large pools at the base of the house. What's worse is it's seeping into the rock and dirt cellar, were my water tank and gas furnace is housed. It appears the previous owner made an addition to by enclosing the back porch and cellar door. The small window is the bathroom's, it's floor is not level, has a noticeable slant and the toilet leans to the left. On the other side of the bathroom door, about about foot an a half is the trap door to the cellar. Which I think at one time was an outside entrance to it. That area slants towards the back door significantly. Why am I telling you all this? To give you an idea of the remodeling skills this guy had. Back to the rain problem. The blue trim is plywood nailed at points into blocks of wood attached to the house. Behind the trim he used pieces of shingle to fill the gap. He used some kind of foam sealant to fill the gaps. My question is HOW DO I ATTACH GUTTERS TO THIS? I am afraid that any kind of weight would pull it off.
22 answers
  • DJ
    DJ
    on May 20, 2015

    Off the top of my head...could you attach something like plastic flower boxes under the windows that are fixed to empty into rain barrows. Just a thought.

  • Tamera Glass
    Tamera Glass
    on May 20, 2015

    Are you sure what you are calling blocks of wood aren't actually Rafters on the House? With that said you could probably get some light weight vinyl type rain gutters and attach them where they line up with the rafters or blocks as you call them and put a down spout on each end to catch rain water in a barrel of some kind.

    • LINDA D
      LINDA D
      on May 20, 2015

      @Tamera Glass I'm sure, as far as I can figure that part of the house was a porch that the previous owner enclosed. The cellar is accessed thru a trap door in the floor. There is a 2" gap behind the blue trim. To hold the trim to the house he nailed blocks to the studs. The blocks are of different sizes and are helter skelter. That said, your idea might work. Thank you.

  • Tamera Glass
    Tamera Glass
    on May 20, 2015

    Also you should have someone look under the bathroom in the cellar and see if your floor joists are rotten and that may be causing your slanted floor

    • LINDA D
      LINDA D
      on May 20, 2015

      @Tamera Glass I am in the process of doing that. I bought the house this winter when the ground was frozen. Now that it has warmed up it seems like that area has sunk some.

  • Marion Nesbitt
    Marion Nesbitt
    on May 20, 2015

    Think if you attach the eavestroughing to those blocks it should be OK. If the slant of the troughing is a good angle the water won't be in it long enough to cause a problem. Might be an idea to get a light piece of metal under the bottom row of shingles to serve as a drip edge. You could use rain barrels under the down spouts. Or, if there is a lot of rain, I'd run the down spout about 10 feet out from the base of your house to prevent the water seeping in at the foundation. Perhaps rain water has been getting under the foundation to cause a slump and hence the prob with the slanted floor.

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    on May 20, 2015

    Vinyl Rain gutters at Lowes or Home Depot, they are fairly inexpensive and it looks as if you only need two short sections with downspouts. Take the picture of your house with you so a store associate can help you. Need to measure both sides to get correct amount. Either put in a rain barrel near that gas meter or a diverter to keep water away from house. This should cost under 100.00.

    • LINDA D
      LINDA D
      on May 20, 2015

      @Michelle Thanks going to Home Depot today, will take a pic with me. Forcast here is rain on Friday and for the next 4 days after. Now I line up plastic totes to catch the water so it doesn't go into the cellar.

  • Mary Ker
    Mary Ker
    on May 20, 2015

    If Habitat for Humanity has a store in your locale, check it out. Usually lots of building stuff for very cheap.

  • Rhondalea
    Rhondalea
    on May 20, 2015

    Are you a veteran? If so, they will help you. Someone will come out and do a home assessment. If you are not a veteran, there are still many programs that will help the low income, disabled or elderly. You can call Human Services and ask if they know of any organizations in your area that would help. There are many programs available, at no cost to you, but you have to look for them. I hope this helps.

    • LINDA D
      LINDA D
      on May 20, 2015

      @Rhondalea No I am not, but hope your info helps someone else that may be reading this.

  • Anna Marie Gustafson
    Anna Marie Gustafson
    on May 20, 2015

    Rain chains and small rock path to draw water that does fall close by away from the house.... Check this out, lots of info here...to start then google rain chains... http://rainchains.com/FAQ.html#Q12 Also, without gutters there are options...check this corner one out then you add the chain... http://rainchains.com/3141-leaderhead.html

  • Lindcurt
    Lindcurt
    on May 20, 2015

    Ditches and berms properly placed around the foundation would help the water flow away from your foundation and basement. This could be done with a shovel for no cost. Look for your Area Agency on Aging where you live. Inquire about assistance from local and state programs that assist older Americans with home maintenance and repairs. It's possible the bathroom floor's tilt has occurred because of the water damage. This would probably qualify for repairs. Moving the water away form the house should be the first priority. Gutter's are a must.

  • Helene234
    Helene234
    on May 20, 2015

    I have the same problem with my garage, I did not want the work involved in installing gutters to I put lumber boards on the ground where the water falls, placed them on an angle so the rain falls onto the boards and sent away from the foundation and in my case into my garden in front of the garage. The lumber would of course have to be replaced once every couple of years but it's easy and it's cheap

  • D & K
    D & K
    on May 20, 2015

    They manufacture a hanger to install gutters that attached not to the facia board but underneath the shingle on the roof decking. I've used these and they work great although on older roofs they can be a pain to install without damaging the shingles. Here's a link http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-5-in-Aluminum-Gutter-Hanger-with-Strap-4-Pack-5HHWSRTB/203672945

  • Christine King
    Christine King
    on May 20, 2015

    I just installed rain barrels at a cost of $500 and I made sure I purchased from somewhere I could string out the payments with no finance charges. Home Depot and Lowes are great for that. I am retired also.

  • Becca
    Becca
    on May 20, 2015

    The quickest solution I can think of for the pouring water is rain chains. They come in all designs and sometimes are pricy. You can easily make your own for a lot less money.

  • Mikell Paulson
    Mikell Paulson
    on May 20, 2015

    Just to be on the safe side, make sure to get the water away from your house. We have a recycle place where I live and people that change out older gutters take them for others to use. check that out where you live and get that water away from your house!

  • LINDA D
    LINDA D
    on May 20, 2015

    Thank You all, I appreciate all the helpful info and suggestions.

  • Sharon Bourque Betsill
    Sharon Bourque Betsill
    on May 21, 2015

    Really good information you all shared, it helped me out also.

  • Trudy
    Trudy
    on May 21, 2015

    I made my own rain chains out of...CHAIN! Nothing fancy or expensive needed. I have the water flow into a big pot with no hole. I added a few pond plants and it looks like a mini-pond. When the water overflows it is no big deal because it spills out slowly. I tipped the pot slightly away from the structure so it flows away from the foundation.

  • Mcgypsy9
    Mcgypsy9
    on May 22, 2015

    I don't know how long you have been retired but you could always contact your closest senior center, which I believe in your area would be Spokane Valley Senior Center, and find out if there is any type of help where they come in and change out windows and different things like that to help you out as a senior and all of it is free. I will get more information for you if you are interested. Just can't do it tonight. I live on the east coast and everything is closed right now.

    • Mcgypsy9
      Mcgypsy9
      on May 22, 2015

      @LINDA D There is usually a person at your senior center that can help you apply for all kinds of assistance. It is usually the outreach coordinator. You can look it up online if the Hillyard Senior Center has a website.

  • Sandra wilson
    Sandra wilson
    on May 22, 2015

    check craigslist you never know ,you could get lucky.

  • Hazel Adams
    Hazel Adams
    on May 9, 2016

    I think that you could get some volunteers to help you put up the rain gutters. I know that rain pouring off the roof could be a real problem. I would try contacting a local charity. http://northwestraingutters.com/residential-gutters/

  • Sally Barnett Fairchild
    Sally Barnett Fairchild
    on Jun 22, 2016

    Most churches have youth groups that go into the community to help homeowners like you. It's sometimes free. They can paint a house , do some repairs, clear overgrown yards etc. contact a few churches to put your name on a special needs list. Boy Scout troops are another group that looks for projects too. It's always free to ask.

  • Annie Doherty
    Annie Doherty
    on Sep 11, 2016

    Great advice above, are there any roofing companies in your area that may be able to do this on your behalf, cheaply, in return maybe you could allow them to erect their Company particulars on a temporary billboard? Just a thought often local Companies do often respond very positively. I hope that some someone like Mcgypsey 9 who seems to be very knowledgeable, reads your posts and maybe able to offer assistance. Good luck be great to know how you got on.

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