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Downspout support system?

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We have a screened in porch that has a support posts made of cedar. Due to moisture, the cedar rotted (was cemented in) and have to have new supports made at the  bottom of several posts.            One downspout runs right next to one support post but should be reconfigured to be out and away from this post.

Is there any great way to support the downspout as it comes right off the gutter?    The overhand is about 6 to 8" .    Our house is rather contemporary so any gingerbread is out of the question.        In essence, the gutter now drains so the downspout angles in toward the post, runs along the post for 7 feet, then elbows out to drain toward the back yard.

Any suggestions will be appreciated!

(post #175289, reply #1 of 6)

You can reconfigure and reslope the gutter so you can put the downspout somewhere else.  Or you can replace the downspout with a rain chain.

I'm not sure I understand why you don't want the downspout back where it is now.  What problem are you wishing to solve?

(post #175289, reply #2 of 6)

Waynel5 had a good idea--rain chain. I like them--they don't get clogged, are unobtrusive and can look pretty good, depending what you use. To me, they do look more modern than a clunky downspout.

(post #175289, reply #3 of 6)

I has a similar problem when I started rebuilding my old house. Only I didn't want a clunky downspout right up against my handmade porch column. So I just made the column hollow with a piece of 3" pvc pipe inside. I attached the downspout at the top and the pipe drains out under the porch deck into a yard drain. Looks almost totally invisible and was a clean and easy installation. Good luck!

(post #175289, reply #4 of 6)

What a great idea! I recently did just the reverse. Wanted a handrail on the steps on a porch; didn't want lots of maintenance, so I put a closet rod (just fit) inside a 1-1/4" sched. 40 PVC pipe. We''ll see how well it works! Getting the ends glued to the pipe was a bear--pressure wnated to force the second one back off.

(post #175289, reply #5 of 6)

That is a terrific idea!   Unfortunately it would not work in our application at this home.

Our porch repair is complete and it is rescreened and repainted.   I do think that we need an additional downspout, maybe two, to carry the rain load when it pours. We have other repairs up and coming and at that time will change the downspout configuration.

In retrospect, our support 4 x 4's that went into the cement were made with cedar. Had they been metal supports or a treated wood  they may have resisted rot better. This simple repair was beautifully done but cost $2,000.   My husband and I are not skilled in this type of repair and had to hire it done. 

(post #175289, reply #6 of 6)

If i understand you correctly - all you need to do is create what is called an offset.

This is done by using two elbow attached in opposite directions resulting in an s-configuration. this would enable you to run the downspout closer to the porch.

Use a hinge hook to attach the downspout to the building.

there are some pictures you can see @ - go to the photo page - there is a porch there with a downspout