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When working on gutters or fascias at height it is advisable to use scaffolding in preference to ladders. If you are using a ladder please take the following points into consideration: (These points are for guidance only)

  1. Ensure the ladder is based on level ground, preferably not soil or grass. If the ladder is based on soil or grass then place a board beneath the legs to spread the load and prevent sinking.
  2. If possible, tie the top of the ladder to ring bolts at eaves level. Before fitting pipes/gutters, ensure that all pieces have been primed and painted, including all cut ends to prevent corrosion. If any pipes/gutters have been cut/drilled, ensure that there are no loose filings on the system as these will quickly discolour the product.
  3. We strongly recommend that you do not work alone. Removal and installation of cast iron guttering generally requires two people.

Before replacing an existing system it is advisable to inspect and repair fascia and wall faces before beginning a new installation. All fascias must be in good condition before new guttering is installed as the weight of the cast iron gutters could cause rotten fascias to fall causing damage or injury to property or persons below. If the building does not have fascia boards, contact your local builders merchant for advice on suitable support brackets, or contact ourย Technical Advisory Service.

Tools Required

  • Drill
  • Adjustable Spanner
  • Wirebrush
  • Pencil/Marker
  • Scaffold
  • Scraper
  • Tape Measure
  • Screwdriver
  • Hacksaw – Disc Cutter
  • Plumbline
  • Ladder
  • Paint Brush
  • Spirit Level


  • Classical gutters and rainwater fittings etc.
  • Paint – metal primer, undercoat, topcoat, touch-up paint if installing PLUS (click hereย for more details)
  • Mastic Sealant – low modulus (suitable for overpainting) or Gutter Jointing Kits to suit HR Profile (click hereย for more details)
  • Setscrews and Nuts (gutter bolts 6mm x 25mm long)
  • Wall Anchors – for pipe sockets (50-75mm min. length)
  • Lead strips – to wedge in sockets
  • Round headed woodscrews (5mm x 25mm long) for fixing brackets to fascia boards

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