Gutters. (Gene Hamilton / May 5, 2014)
To replace a 100-foot section of damaged gutter and downspouts with a new vinyl system, a contractor will charge $509, which includes the labor and material. If you have carpentry skills and tools, and like working on a ladder, you can buy the material for $225 and do it yourself, pocketing a 56 percent saving. You'll find sections of gutter and downspouts and fasteners sold at most home centers and lumberyards. You'll need a measuring tape, straightedge, chalk line, carpenter's level, cordless drill and hacksaw. It's a good idea to have a helper who can hold the components in place while you install them, so you'll need two ladders.
Before installing the new components and after you've removed the old ones, it's a good time to paint if it's needed. Also take a look at the siding and trim to see if there's any damage, and make the necessary repairs.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$509 -- $225 -- 5.1 -- 10.0 -- $284 -- 56 Percent
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