Question by charm: Gutter Downspout Alternatives?
I hope I’m not asking a repetitive question– I usually only deal with the horse section of Yahoo Answers!
I am currently building a new house over an existing basement. Because of moisture problems, I am running my gutters to drain off the front of the attached porch, instead of down to the corners of the house. This presents a problem because with my 3 foot overhang and wrought iron corner posts on the porch, I don’t really have anything to attach my downspouts to. So far my alternatives seem to be the following:
1. Sink a post out where the downspouts need to come down, and fasten the downspouts to the post.
2. Attach rain chains to the hole in the gutter.
3. Fabricate a metal pole that would run up to the hole in the gutter, sink that in the ground and let that work the same as a rain chain, only with the support coming from below instead of above.
Possible issues I’m concerned about are the use of rain chains in Northeast Indiana (Ice problems?), Freezing and thawing issues between a post in the ground and the roof line of the porch, and aesthetics of having a wooden post sitting out in front of my porch on two sides. Regardless of what I do, the runoff of the water will be into a tile, and tiled away from the house.
Anyone have any experience with Rain Chains? Other alternative methods of getting rain from a gutter to the ground?
Edit: David, do you live in an area that has frequent freezing or ice? The plastic sounds really interesting as a possibility.
Edit: Real Slater. Thank you for your input. However, perhaps you are unaware that my ‘idiot’ response was due to the fact that plastic does not ‘stick’ ice the way that copper does. It may in fact be a very good alternative in the northern climate where I live. Perhaps you missed the fact that I am looking for alternatives that don’t hold ice. Best wishes. So sorry you couldn’t bring yourself to answer. 🙂
Answer by daviddually01
I have had some experience with Rain Chains, my neighbor and i used plastic chain versus the high dollar versions. They worked excellent, plus they are cheaper and lighter.
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