Things You'll Need
Miter saw or hack saw and miter box
2-inch exterior screws
2-inch exterior flat head nails
Installing gutters is a simple process involving cutting and fastening aluminum shafts to fit the contours of a home or building. Shaping gutters around corners is often the most challenging part of an installation. Since most corners are 45 degrees, knowing how to fit gutters at 45 degrees is an invaluable skill. With a few basic tools and safety gear the job of working aluminum gutters around corners can be done by almost anyone.
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Measure the length of the wall where the gutter will be installed and leave an extra 8 inches of material on the end for the 45 degree angle. Cut your gutter material to fit the required length using either a hack saw or metal snips.
Cut the gutter material to the 45 degree angle using a miter saw or miter box and hack saw. Place the gutter squarely on the cutting surface and cut to the desired angle. Repeat this process with a second piece of gutter material but cut the 45 degree angle in the opposite direction. The two slanted cut ends of the two pieces will fit together and create a corner.
Attach the gutters to the outer wall of the building using a screw or nail gun to place fasteners to the tops or sides of the gutter. Do not install fasteners near the bottom of the gutter or holes and leaks could develop in the future.
Press together both angle-cut corners of the gutter and join them by injecting waterproof silicone sealant into the seam. Spread a heavy layer of silicone sealant along the top of the seam with your fingers while wearing latex gloves. When dry the sealant will provide a solid waterproof joint.
Test the joint by running a garden hose into the gutter and watching from below for leaks at the corners.
Ready-made gutter corners are available. These corners can be installed without the need for cutting. To ensure a good cut have someone hold the far end of the gutter material when cutting.
Cutting gutters can leave sharp edges. Handle with work gloves. Always wear eye protection when using a saw. Gutter seals will require maintenance over time and may start to leak if left unchecked.
Robert Morello has an extensive travel, marketing and business background. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 2002 and has worked in travel as a guide, corporate senior marketing and product manager and travel consultant/expert. Morello is a professional writer and adjunct professor of travel and tourism.