Rain gutters out of 3″ PVC pipe, DIY How to!

Jul 03 2017
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This is a post on how I created gutters for my house using PVC pipe! So, quite awhile ago, I stumbled on to the coolest thing online: Rain gutters made out of 3″ PVC pipe. Since then I cannot find it online ANYWHERE! The only thing I can find online about it is forums of people like me who want to try it and other people telling them to just hire a crew to put up seamless gutters because apparently: we’re all rich. Not that I wouldn’t love to be able to afford seamless gutters!

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See, this 100 year old farm house has never had a gutter on it and has never had a water issue. However my poor little flower garden in the front of my house absolutely gets hammered. The summer rains create a trench right down the middle of it and, not to mention, all along the front of my house my hydrangea bush and various other plants get similarly beat up. I decided we would start above my flower garden and, eventually, do the rest of the front of the house too.

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The next dilemma was figuring out how to hang/attach it to the eve. (My eves are only covered by little 1x4s so they wouldn’t be strong enough to hold it so I would need to make certain I hit the ends of the roof joists with whatever screws I used.) I did some looking at pipe hangers etc. because not only have I seen them in hardware stores I’ve also used them but I didn’t find anything I thought would work and also look ok. PVC pipe is very strong so I just put steel screws inside through the back of it.

Initially I was going to just cut the completely in half so one pipe would make two gutters but the more I thought about it the more I wanted a “deeper” gutter then that. I ended up cutting off about 1/3rd of the pipe using a table saw.

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With the portion above my garden done I can say that this was a brilliant idea that someone had and I would totally endorse it. I got the pipe cut and hung in less then an hour and BOOM: the problem in my flower bed is only a memory.

We had a serious rain storm here just the next day after I got them up and I watched proudly as a plan actually worked like it was supposed to. I hung the pipe so it slanted toward the porch then drained down into the second pipe that slanted toward my driveway.

I’m pleasantly surprised by how nice they look because with no hangers, no parts, no joints etc. they are totally seamless and no one in my family has even noticed that they’re up lol because without looking right at them they’re entirely unnoticeable and I totally love that!

Plastic pipe gets brittle in the sun? Why yes, yes it does, just like ALL plastic including the plastic gutters that you can buy in the store. Because these have literally no other parts I’m confident these will out last any other plastic gutter out there though I don’t know if they could compete side by side with steel in survival time because, seriously, steel is hard to compete with.

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All in I am totally stoked that this worked and was so easy to do! It literally cost me nothing but a little time. However, for the curious, here’s the cost breakdown:

One length of 8 foot PVC pipe is around $8 the equivalent gutter in aluminum is $7, the equivalent gutter in vinyl is $4 and the equivalent gutter in steel is $12 and none of that includes the hangers etc that you need for any type of premade gutter to actually attach it to your house. So, do I think I would do this again as opposed to buying actual gutters if I had to actually go out and buy the PVC pipe? YES. I really love how well these work, how they look and how easy it was to do. And with high-quality, UV-resistant PVC pipes available online these days (FORMUFIT provides custom length cuts, for example), buying the required length isn’t a hassle either.

(Oh and YES I am fully aware that my eves need to be painted lol, one thing at a time!)

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  1. July 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    What a clever trick! We’re required to have downspouts, which would make this project much more difficult, but this is a great option for sheds or smaller structures that might not need full gutters. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  2. July 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    great idea, thanks so much for sharing the tip, this is something I will be adding to our to do list soon
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    • July 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Great Angie! Thanks for coming by!

  3. July 6, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I love the idea of using what you have… and not always doing it the “right” way! Thinking “outside the box” is great. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing your project.

    • July 6, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you! Have a great weekend!

  4. Jann Olson
    July 7, 2017 at 4:30 am

    What a clever diy! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

    • July 7, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Jann, have a great weekend!

  5. July 7, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve been looking for quick ideas for just above my front door and this would be perfect! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • July 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Awesome Trudy, have a great weekend!

  6. July 8, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Great job! We have a friend that has the expensive gutters. They look terrible because the water is overflowing the gutters and leaving them very dirty.

  7. July 9, 2017 at 7:14 am

    That’s an absolute genius idea! I’ve got a shed in my garden that this would be perfect for, even better as PVC pipe is rather cheap and I’ve found guttering to come at a premium.

    Aside the fun with the tablesaw and the pipe, did you have any other tricky bits?

    • July 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Adam, no tricky bits besides making sure to have an extending on your screw driver, the head of it will be too big to get into the pipe so make sure you have at least a 3″ extender for your bit! Thanks for coming by!

  8. July 9, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Great job! Have you thought about using a rain barrel as well? Just curious…

    • July 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Nancy, yup next on my list is to look into rain barrels actually! I was even thinking about putting a little one in the corner of the garden (moving the perennials as need be to make room for it) gosh that would make watering the garden so easy!

  9. July 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your ideas at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  10. Marlene Stephenson
    July 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I love your guttering it looks very professional. I would not be surprised if it works better than seamless guttering.

    • July 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you so much, we’re really happy with it so far!

  11. July 12, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared. See you again soon.

  12. July 12, 2017 at 11:03 am

    What a wonderful idea, Thank you for sharing, have a great weekend!

    • July 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you, have a great weekend!

  13. August 13, 2017 at 8:41 am

    That’s wonderful DIY idea..Thanks for sharing


  14. Dory
    September 11, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Absolutely love this idea! Just bought a doublewide mobile home and plan on doing this! It will be perfect and mumu sturdier than the flimsy vinyl gutters you can buy. Been there done that. AZ can get some pretty heavy down pours and I think this will stand up much better. And for the down spouts can use drain tees as well as full cap at end where the run would end. All very doable!! Thank you for sharing this awesome idea!

    • September 11, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      What a great idea Dory! I was planning on doing the same thing on one end (an elbow down) so I can connect it to a rain barrel someday!

  15. Wanda Johnson
    September 19, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I am so glad I found this. It Is exactly what I need to do to my new single wide. I like trying to do projects that I mostly can manage myself and cost efficient. I was wondering though do you ever deal with leaves/debris getting caught in it? I was wondering if screwing/gluing/latching on some screening would be doable? I have to figure out where to screw it in since I dont have eves, so may be doing right into the siding trim near the roof. And I have added rain gutter to my future outside wish list. Thank you.

    • September 19, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Hi Wanda, this was such a great project that I am STILL really happy with how it worked out. I don’t have close leaf or pine trees near this part of the house so I haven’t had any problems with debris. They make something that’s like a foam that you can cut to size and put into your gutters that keeps the debris from going into them that might be an option for you. Any kind of screen over top should work too! Good luck!

  16. Roy F.
    April 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    A downspout would be very simple to make as well just simply glue in two end caps and a 3″X3″X1.5″ tee to your 3″ pvc pipe. Then cut the top 1/3 to 1/2 of top of the pipe off. Install the gutter and run your 1.5″ downspout with 90 degree or 45 degree depending on your configuration.

    • April 15, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Hey Roy, that’s very true! And it would look just as nice and seamless as the rest of it!

  17. Gayle
    November 22, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Looks really sharp! How’s it holding up? How much weight do you think it can handle…like could it support a rain chain ya think?

  18. Michael Darling
    January 12, 2020 at 9:51 am

    What a great way to do gutters thank you for the idea and good job with the details

    • January 13, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Michael, so far they’re still working great!

  19. Judi Marvel
    July 29, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Loved this idea. I have been trying to figure out a way to put a gutter on my new steel top gazebo. I thought of using pvc like you did, but was wondering how to attach it to the steel sides. I thought about a glue. What do you think?

    • July 29, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Judi, I would be afraid a glue just wouldn’t be strong enough. Steel screw should work just fine going right in through the pvc and into the steel of the shed.

  20. Tim Ruzicki
    September 8, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Hi! I wanted to say thank you for posting this – it’s perfect for something I need to do, and I really appreciated finding such a great tutorial. You are inspiring (not just for this, but for all the other work you’ve done, too — WOW)!!

    I assume you installed the pipes at an angle so the water runs out? Can you tell me what that angle was? It might be listed in the tutorial, but I can’t get some of the bits in the middle to load.

    Anyhow, thank you again!

    • September 9, 2020 at 11:55 am

      Hi Tim, honestly it wasn’t very scientific lol I really just gave it a little bit of an angle. You can’t really tell but it works and its there! Thanks for coming by and checking it out!

  21. Dean
    December 23, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Like the idea. I need to span 30ft. Could I join enough pipe together with connectors and then run it though the saw, think they would hold together?

    • December 27, 2021 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Dean, yep I think it will hold together just fine. Make sure and use the primer and specific pvc glue – it actually “melts” the pipe and bonds it together. Just wait a bit before running it through the saw.

  22. Krystal
    February 21, 2022 at 12:42 am

    This looks exactly like what we need for our little wooden shed. The guttering you buy is just too big for it, not to mention expensive so we are going to get onto this and start catching us some rain water

    • February 21, 2022 at 10:48 pm

      That’s awesome Krystal – several years later and I still love this solution on the front of our house. We’ve had absolutely no problems with it at all and its barely noticeable!

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