Rope and caulk are all you need
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.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
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, thud sound.
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.
Required Tools for this Project
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- 3/8-in.-diameter nylon rope
- Gutter caulk