Yankee Gutter Repair

This is DIY-with-a-little-(lot of)-help-from-your-friends….

The major project Kurt helped us tackle was repairing the rotten yankee gutters.  As you will see from the slide show, years of neglect led to lots of rot and water damage.  Luckily the damage was contained to the gutter area and did not get into the porch roof.

Kurt assessed the situation, created a diagram and got to work.  We used cedar lined with tin and the new gutters are a thing of beauty.

I’m going to see if I can get Kurt to comment on this post to talk about what he did in more detail — completely not my department, but he did an AMAZING job.

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4 thoughts on “Yankee Gutter Repair

  1. Hello all, this is “Kurt” back in Minnesota and I will attempt to,”fill in” the holes in Bethany’s story.
    Yes call me crazy, I did spend a week of my vacation working on the Larsen home. I am very impressed with the potential that this “project” and look forward watching that potential be unveiled by Chris and Bethany’s vision and hard work. I feel I have been the fortunate one to have had the opportunity to experience this undertaking.

    So, first off, about two weeks before my arrival, Chris had sent me some photos of the work he was wanting to tackle. All the photos indicated areas of water damage, of varying degrees. This is not some thing anyone wants to see. With water damage, you never know how bad it can be until you start to unearth the damage. By no means did we rectify everything, ( I was only there for six days) but we buttoned things up to make to my next visit. Ya, call me crazy, but now can you go wrong hanging out with these two lovely people.
    The major project was the front porch, more specific, the “Yankee gutters”. For those of you unfamiliar with the Yankee gutter, as I was, it is an “old world” style of today’s more modern gutter. The concept is to incorporate the gutter into the roof line, and in effect, hide the gutter. Remember, in the old days, homes were a work of art and the builders took great pride in their craft. And rightly so, many of the early American homes are still standing today as a testament to the craftsmen who built them.

    Once we were able to asses the problem, which the previous owners had tried to remedy by slopping the gutters with tar, we got to work dismantling all the unsuccessful previous attempts. This called for removing all the fascia, soffits old tar and the original tin lined gutter box, (which had disintegrated years ago)until we were back to the porch roof edge. This required some patients and care as to not create more damage….more to come.

  2. Part two..
    To rebuild the gutter, it was necessary to build it in reverse. First we hung the soffit. This is the exposed side of the over hang. Second, to determine the pitch, or slope of the gutter. the pitch is what gets the water moving to the down spout. from the pictures you will notice the “blocking” placed on the Top side of the soffit. Third, we laid the bed of the gutter on top of the blocks. Fourth, was to attach the facia, this is the “face” of the trim on the over hang of the roof. Than we fasten the top plate to the facia provide the seat for the decorative trim ( yet to be installed). And lastly we were able to reuse the original 45 degree boards that “bridge” the roof to the gutter box. Once all this was complete, we lined the gutter with a self adhesive rubber membrane. We tarred all the seams and tooled the tar for a smooth finish (well Chris did that).

    Another aspect of this repair was that we were able to align the down spouts to be inline with the posts on the porch. Rather then out in the open. I feel this created a cleaner look as well as functional.

    There you have it, to the best of my abilities, my explanation of the Yankee gutter repair.

  3. Kurt– this explanation is amazing– detailed and much more info than I could have posted. Thank you for taking the time to do it. It’s been raining for two days and the gutters are LOVELY. And who would have ever thought gutters could be lovely?!?

  4. Thank you Larsens & Kurt!

    I’m in need of this all around my 2nd story and 1st story roofs. Water gets into my walls as it is though I believe there is no structural damage as of yet. My wife and I bought our home a year and few months ago and what I really can’t understand is that prior to us, the previous owner paid a very popular gutter cleaning service company to come out and service the house 4 times annually. One would expect a decent person not to take money for a gutter service ever, let alone 4 times annually if aware that the gutters they service were allowing water to enter a house.

    I love the diagram. I’m a DIY’er and I’ve never dealt with gutters like these. As I won’t start on my home’s gutters until I’m sure I know just what to do, there’s a lot to learn right now and this article has taken me quickly from 0 to 60.

    What if anything have you thought of since doing this project which would have been even better to incorporate?

    I can’t wait to read a lot more about your home! Apparently the next article touches on pocket doors which is another thing I need to learn about as I have a very large but damaged pocket door.

    You rock!

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