How do you cut aluminum downspout?

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  1. Dan_Musicant

    Dan_Musicant Guest

    One of the downspouts from a roof job done a year ago drains right into
    the soil next to my foundation. I was thinking of making a drain-away
    out of concrete (a bit of concrete work needs to be done right there,
    anyway), but I got the idea of routing the downspout out away from the
    foundation horizontally.

    When the roofers did the job a year ago, I salvaged a couple of extra
    10' or so lengths of aluminum downspouting and stashed them in my
    garage. I figure I can run a 4' or so length of this from the end of the
    downspout coming from the gutter above and route the flow out a few feet
    from the foundation and onto my concrete patio where the water won't
    sink into the ground at the foundation.

    How can I cut the aluminum? I guess I can work it with a box cutter, but
    I wonder if that's best. The metal is sure to deform if I cut it that
    way. What do the pros use? TIA.

    Dan
     
    Dan_Musicant, Feb 12, 2007
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  2. "Dan_Musicant" <> wrote in message
    >
    > How can I cut the aluminum? I guess I can work it with a box cutter, but
    > I wonder if that's best. The metal is sure to deform if I cut it that
    > way. What do the pros use? TIA.
    >
    > Dan


    Hacksaw or a metal cutting blade in a jigsaw
     
    Edwin Pawlowski, Feb 13, 2007
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  3. "Dan_Musicant" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > One of the downspouts from a roof job done a year ago drains right into
    > the soil next to my foundation. I was thinking of making a drain-away
    > out of concrete (a bit of concrete work needs to be done right there,
    > anyway), but I got the idea of routing the downspout out away from the
    > foundation horizontally.
    >
    > When the roofers did the job a year ago, I salvaged a couple of extra
    > 10' or so lengths of aluminum downspouting and stashed them in my
    > garage. I figure I can run a 4' or so length of this from the end of the
    > downspout coming from the gutter above and route the flow out a few feet
    > from the foundation and onto my concrete patio where the water won't
    > sink into the ground at the foundation.
    >
    > How can I cut the aluminum? I guess I can work it with a box cutter, but
    > I wonder if that's best. The metal is sure to deform if I cut it that
    > way. What do the pros use? TIA.
    >
    > Dan


    I don't know about the pros, but I use a fine tooth hack saw. It takes a few
    minutes per cut, but it works.
     
    JoeSpareBedroom, Feb 13, 2007
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    NickySantoro Guest

    On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 15:40:24 -0800, Dan_Musicant <>
    wrote:

    >One of the downspouts from a roof job done a year ago drains right into
    >the soil next to my foundation. I was thinking of making a drain-away
    >out of concrete (a bit of concrete work needs to be done right there,
    >anyway), but I got the idea of routing the downspout out away from the
    >foundation horizontally.
    >
    >When the roofers did the job a year ago, I salvaged a couple of extra
    >10' or so lengths of aluminum downspouting and stashed them in my
    >garage. I figure I can run a 4' or so length of this from the end of the
    >downspout coming from the gutter above and route the flow out a few feet
    >from the foundation and onto my concrete patio where the water won't
    >sink into the ground at the foundation.
    >
    >How can I cut the aluminum? I guess I can work it with a box cutter, but
    >I wonder if that's best. The metal is sure to deform if I cut it that
    >way. What do the pros use? TIA.
    >
    >Dan

    Hacksaw
     
    NickySantoro, Feb 13, 2007
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  5. Dan_Musicant

    Dan_Musicant Guest

    On Tue, 13 Feb 2007 00:11:34 GMT, "Edwin Pawlowski" <>
    wrote:

    :
    :"Dan_Musicant" <> wrote in message
    :>
    :> How can I cut the aluminum? I guess I can work it with a box cutter, but
    :> I wonder if that's best. The metal is sure to deform if I cut it that
    :> way. What do the pros use? TIA.
    :>
    :> Dan
    :
    :Hacksaw or a metal cutting blade in a jigsaw
    :
    Thanks. I have both.
     
    Dan_Musicant, Feb 13, 2007
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    Cliff Hartle Guest

    When I worked in construction (In a previous life) we would just poke our
    snips or hammer claw into the down spout a few inches away from the final
    length and cut around it.

    The first resulting cut makes a mess of it but you just keep trimming around
    until you hit your mark.

    "Dan_Musicant" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > One of the downspouts from a roof job done a year ago drains right into
    > the soil next to my foundation. I was thinking of making a drain-away
    > out of concrete (a bit of concrete work needs to be done right there,
    > anyway), but I got the idea of routing the downspout out away from the
    > foundation horizontally.
    >
    > When the roofers did the job a year ago, I salvaged a couple of extra
    > 10' or so lengths of aluminum downspouting and stashed them in my
    > garage. I figure I can run a 4' or so length of this from the end of the
    > downspout coming from the gutter above and route the flow out a few feet
    > from the foundation and onto my concrete patio where the water won't
    > sink into the ground at the foundation.
    >
    > How can I cut the aluminum? I guess I can work it with a box cutter, but
    > I wonder if that's best. The metal is sure to deform if I cut it that
    > way. What do the pros use? TIA.
    >
    > Dan
     
    Cliff Hartle, Feb 13, 2007
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    Joe Guest

    On Feb 12, 5:40 pm, Dan_Musicant <> wrote:
    > One of the downspouts from a roof job done a year ago drains right into
    > the soil next to my foundation. I was thinking of making a drain-away
    > out of concrete (a bit of concrete work needs to be done right there,
    > anyway), but I got the idea of routing the downspout out away from the
    > foundation horizontally.
    >
    > When the roofers did the job a year ago, I salvaged a couple of extra
    > 10' or so lengths of aluminum downspouting and stashed them in my
    > garage. I figure I can run a 4' or so length of this from the end of the
    > downspout coming from the gutter above and route the flow out a few feet
    > from the foundation and onto my concrete patio where the water won't
    > sink into the ground at the foundation.
    >
    > How can I cut the aluminum? I guess I can work it with a box cutter, but
    > I wonder if that's best. The metal is sure to deform if I cut it that
    > way. What do the pros use? TIA.
    >
    > Dan


    Sheet metal pros use double cut tin snips, either hand type or
    electric depending on work at hand. For cutting any kind of sheet
    metal tubing, the weapon of choice. There is simply no other way to
    make a nice clean cut in the middle of a 4" water heater vent, for
    example, or the downspout tubing in your case. For a one time use, the
    price may not justify the tool, so alternatives in this thread might
    be adequate. If you're curious about what a double cut snip is, check
    out the tools like that at Amazon.com or HarborFreight.com. HTH

    Joe
     
    Joe, Feb 13, 2007
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