How to Quiet Gutters and Downspouts
Use this rope trick to silence the drips.
IntroductionGutter downspouts with elbows can sometimes amplify the sound of water dripping through them. If the gutter is close to a bedroom window, this can get annoying. Contractors have tried fixes like installing a lead plate in the elbow, then a magnetic cushioned plate, but those fixes usually just change the tone from a metallic drip, drip, drip to a thud, thud, thud sound. Here’s a better way to solve the problem.
- Caulk gun
- 3/8-in.-diameter nylon rope
Project step-by-step (2)
Caulk Around the Drain Opening
- Squirt a bead of gutter seaming caulk around the drain opening, leaving a 1/4-in. gap.
Run the Rope from the Gap to the Elbow
- Use the same caulk to glue a 3/8-in.-diameter nylon rope next to the gap and drop it down the gutter and out the opening.
- Then glue it to the bend in the elbow.
- The water will wick down the rope instead of free-falling and hitting the elbow.
Originally Published: June 20, 2017