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    Question by ranger1272: When and where were the first rain gutters used? And what were they made of?
    Gutter is a formed metal that is used to remove water from your foundation mostly. It comes in different sizes and shapes. Who knows, it could have been made from wood years ago. Anybody with some information please let me know.

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    Answer by Marshall Lee
    In reality if goes back as early as the stone carving Egyptians. On the Pyramids (which you cant see today because of erosion) they had trenches cut into the layers of the rock to guide the rain water away from where they were working. So the first rain gutters were made of stone.

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    3 Responses to “When and where were the first rain gutters used? And what were they made of?”

    1. jodimode says:

      little history
      One basic gutters is made from two boards nailed in a V shape, such gutters were common over doorways in Norway. The foundations of these buildings were high enough that splash back did not reach the wood structure. Cobblestones were also placed around buildings to help reduce splash back and erosion. This technique can also be seen at the Williamsburg Virginia historical site. The historic 1800’s Fort Nisqually in Tacoma Washington uses wood V trough and rain barrels.
      K-style and Ogee gutters were designed as low cost substitutes for decoratively moulded wood gutters (photo of wood gutter). Low cost portable roll forming machines have made these aluminum and steel gutters most common in North America.
      Vinyl Gutter has been in use since at least the 1950’s. Plastmo began vinyl gutter production in 1959.

      In the late 1950’s when Plastmontage in Denmark began producing vinyl rain gutter almost all Danish rain gutter was made of zinc. Zinc sheet was formed to a half round shape with the back edge folded over and the front edge rolled to a tube for stiffness and appearance. The gutter lengths (about 4′) were soldered together with integral lap joints for a permanent seal. Most of this work was performed in local tin smith shops with hand powered shears, brakes, and rollers. The gutter was hung in galvanized hangers (similar to Plastmo long hangers) with a flexible tab which wrapped over the front gutter rim. Similar gutter can be found all over the world as it is easily fabricated, strong, dry and clean.

    2. Mona says:

      Methods of waste disposal date from ancient times, and sanitary sewers have been found in the ruins of the prehistoric cities of Crete and the ancient Assyrian cities. Storm-water sewers built by the Romans are still in service today. Although the primary function of these was drainage, the Roman practice of dumping refuse in the streets caused significant quantities of organic matter to be carried along with the rainwater run-off. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, below-ground privy vaults and, later, cesspools were developed in Europe. When these containers became full, sanitation workers removed the deposit at the owner’s expense. The wastes were used as fertilizer at nearby farms or were dumped into watercourses or on to vacant land.

      A few centuries later, there was renewed construction of storm sewers, mostly in the form of open channels or street gutters. At first, disposing of any waste in these sewers was forbidden, but by the 19th century it was recognized that community health could be improved by discharging human waste into the storm sewers for rapid removal; such a system was devised by Joseph Bazalgette between 1859 and 1875 for diverting rainwater and waste into the lower reaches of the Thames in London. Development of municipal water-supply systems and household plumbing brought about flush toilets and the beginning of modern sewer systems. Despite reservations that sanitary sewer systems wasted resources, posed health hazards, and were expensive, many cities built them.

      At the beginning of the 20th century, a few cities and industries began to recognize that the discharge of sewage directly into the streams caused health problems, and this led to the construction of sewage-treatment facilities. At about the same time, the septic tank was introduced as a means of treating domestic sewage from individual households both in suburban and rural areas. In public sewage-treatment works the Trickling Filter technique was first adopted, and then in the second decade of the 20th century the Activated Sludge process a significant improvement, was developed in Britain, and began to be used in many cities in Britain and worldwide. Since the 1970s, a further stage of chemical treatment, principally chlorination, has become common in the industrialized world.

    3. jwhfaye says:

      In England when the richer folks went from thatched roofs to tile roofs, some half round tiles were sometimes used to direct water via tile gutters away from the more opulent-type homes.

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