08:27PM | 04/04/01
Member Since: 04/04/01
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It seems that each time I have a contractor come to my house to do work they tell me that the concrete splashes underneath my gutters are backwards. So each time I switch them, and then the next guy tells me it goes the other way! So what is the answer?

Logically it seems that they should go this way:

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(gutter coming down, and lip near house)
For simplicity's sake, the sketch above shows the splash sitting flat, but obviously it would follow the grade away from the house.

Many people, however, maintain that they should actually be placed with the lip at the far end, so the water spills over the entire edge more gently -- like this:

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obviously, you need to be sure to have a steep enough grade to avoid having water back up against the foundation in this case.

So which is it -- anyone have a definitive source for an answer?


hans "tired of switchin' them around" weber


03:11AM | 04/09/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
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Putting the lip to the back makes sure the water gets pushed away from the house. Put the water can cause erosion at the outside end. Putting the lip to the outside spreads and slows to flow but can push water against the foundation. I put the lip to the house and lay gravel or a couple pavers or big rocks at the outside end. I want the water to soak in but away from the house.
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