Vinyl Rain Gutter Components
Last updated: 1/30/04
9/9/03 E-Mail to:
255 Summerlea Rd.
Brampton, Ontario, L6T 4T8
I just installed 28 feet of your 4-inch half round PVC gutter
and downpipe on a 2-car garage that I have converted into
my computer shop and office.
I have never installed a gutter
before, but thanks to your
web site it went well. Without
it, it would have been a disaster.
I bought the gutter materials from LaValley
Lumber in Sanford,
Maine, U.S.A. With the exception of the glue and downpipe
holders, instructions were not included. However, the people
at LaValley were very helpful and did a good job of selecting
the correct components for the job.
I experienced the following problems:
I could not get 75 deg elbow for the downpipe all the way
into the bottom of the expansion center drop. I tried soap
and I tried chilling the elbow in the freezer. Still the
will only go about half into the bottom of the expansion
The 75 deg elbow at the bottom of the downpipe is too loose.
I have 10 inches of downpipe on the end of it. Slight vibration
will cause the two to fall off. I may glue it or prop it
up with bricks or rocks.
Your web site is very good, but could be improved:
Navigation would be much easier with a menu along the left
side or top of each page.
The parts diagram at http://plastmo.com/ppartdiag.html is
hard to see. I would suggest a better diagram to start with
and making it an image map linked to other pages showing
each part in greater detail.
The abbreviated instructions at http://plastmo.com/gtrinst.html are good, but could be improved. I would suggest getting
comments from people who have never installed your products.
That is, “Gutters for Dummies.” E.g., I don’t
know exactly what, “Keep outward edge of gutter below
fall line in snow areas” means. I would separate the
The video, which I did not view before the installion because
I was reluctant to install Quicktime on my Windows 2000 computer
(Quicktime for Windows does cause problems), was very good.
Also, I could not figure-out how to make it full screen.
By the way, I started to make a jig like the one you have
at http://plastmo.com/sandppr.html when I discovered that
my Black & Decker Workmate works quite well for holding
both the gutter and downpipe (picture attached). Many people
I found your web site by noting your company name embossed
on the parts and searching google.com with it.
I am very pleased with this installation and the overall
quality of the materials, and will recommend your products.
Pictures are attached (this message is virus free). Yes,
I plan to cut down some of the trees.
Larry F. Byard
Notes: At second thought, if the video had been full screen,
I guess the file would have been much larger. The written
instructions say to lightly sand with 100 grit sandpaper
and clean before gluing; the video only shows cleaning the
I did both.
with the glue if you are perched on the top of fold-out ladder.
The fumes are quite powerful. I bought the Plastmo items
Springvale store. I am 62
old and was able to install the gutter (10 foot sections)
without help. The
side of my shop/office you see above is where the two overhead
garage doors once were. I installed the gutter because
water splashing on the blacktop below the eve would have
eventually rotted-out the bottom of the new, pine, shiplap-siding,
and to keep water draining from the roof off people and computer
equipment entering and exiting the Wasco six-foot
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