Rope and caulk are all you need
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Figure A: Drip-no-more solution
Squirt a bead of gutter seaming caulk around the drain
opening, leaving a 1/4-in. gap. 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.
Gutter downspouts with elbows can sometimes amplify the sound of water dripping through them, and 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 and then a magnetic cushioned
plate, but those fixes usually just change
the tone from a metallic drip, drip, drip to a thud, thud,
Here’s a better way to solve the problem. Caulk around the
gutter drain and install a length of nylon or poly rope
(Figure A). The water will wick down the rope instead of free-falling and hitting the elbow.