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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Gutters

Friday, September 8th, 2017

If you are going to install or replace gutters on your own, you have to be careful. You may end up making a lot of costly mistakes. As a matter of fact, gutters that are not installed the right way may damage your office or house. The installation also involves safety risks. Given below are 5 common mistakes that you may want to avoid when installing or replacing gutters.

Type of Gutter

You can find a large variety of material, gauges, styles and sizes. Choosing the wrong size, material or style may cause a lot of trouble for you. As far as material selection is concerned, make sure you go for the most durable material. Also, you may want to discuss the shingle size, gutter width and other stuff with your hardware store or contractor. Standard homes go for K style gutters made of aluminum. For gauge, we suggest that you opt for 32 gauge.

Pitch calculation

Apparently, gutters may look even. But they are not even. As a matter of fact, they have a little bit of pitch in order to let the water flow downwards. Typically, it’s a good idea to set a decline of two inches for each 40 ft of length. This way the decline will be gradual and won’t be as noticeable. When mounting the gutters, make sure that they have the right pitch.

Mounting System

Different types of mounting or hanging systems are used for gutters. Make sure that the hangers are properly spaced and they should give enough support to the gutter. Without support, the system will sag. In the lower areas, water will accumulate. As a result, your gutter system will get damaged.

Locating the Gutter

Where should the gutter be located? Actually, your gutter should be a couple of inches below your roof edge. Actually, water drips off the roof edge from time to time. It also gets pulled back up and drip out underneath the edge of the roof. Moreover, drip edge is installed below shingles and makes the water flow down into the gutter.

Seams

Lastly, gutters should be soldered or welded together for attachment. However, make sure you use welds sparingly. As time goes by, the material in the seams is exposed to very high force, temperature or water. As a result, the connection you welded or soldered gets stained. This breaks the gutter, especially if you don’t check or touch them up on a regular basis. Actually, in a gutter system, seams are the weakest point. Therefore, you may want to treat them with care.

Continuous or seamless rain gutters is another option that you can consider. With this option, you can avoid the potential problems caused by the welded gutters.

Long story short, you see that installing gutters is not as easy as you may think. As a matter of fact, this is a tricky job. It’s not a good idea to go at it on your own. Instead, it’s better that you get in touch with a good contractor. The gutter installer will make everything get done properly.

Is the Vivo V5 Any Good?

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Vivo may be a brand name most if not all people in western countries have never heard of but this Chinese smartphone maker is one of the more popular brands in its home country. Vivo also sells its smartphones running Android, in other countries like Malaysia and Indonesia and it is remarkably successful in India, in particular due to a huge offline push. This offline push means more in a country like India than in western countries because even with the world’s fastest growth rate in the adoption of smartphones, most Indian are still buying their phones offline, at brick and mortar retail stores. Vivo is making a huge effort to sell phones like the Vivo V5 in stores. It is doing this in huge part by offering retailers a much higher cut of the asking price of the phone. This gives retailers more of a margin to discount the phone and increase sales. Or they can sell the phone at retail prices and reap much higher profits.

Sellers who normally make the most profit by selling higher margin items like smartphone cases and back covers for other phones can make a killing selling the V5 itself and then even more profit by selling accessories like Vivo V5 covers. Though if you want a Vivo V5 custom case, you still have to buy it online at one of the many designer smartphone case sellers in the country.

But what about the V5 itself?

The Vivo V5 is by no means a bad smartphone, hardware-wise. It has pretty standard, competitive specs for an Android phone in its price bracket in 2017 and it has good fit and finish to boot. The issue with the Vivo, like almost every other no-name Chinese smartphone, is that it is saddled with a terrible skin on top of the Android operating system it runs. This is because apparently the Chinese market prefers skinned versions of Android.

However everywhere else in the rest of the world, most discerning Android smartphone users would just prefer it if manufacturers would put a clean, stock implementation of Android on their devices. This doesn’t happen though and what you usually get is the kind of ugly, terrible, buggy interfaces like the awfully named FunTouchâ„¢ OS that Vivo handicaps the V5 with. This single decision makes the Vivo V5 a phone that you should avoid like the plague, no matter how popular it is.