There are many issues that can arise when you try to use a gutter machine. That is why it is best to leave gutter installation to a licensed professional. However, if you insist on doing it yourself, be sure to first read and understand the manual that is provided by the machine manufacturer there are also videos online that you can watch, as well. In addition, you should also check all electrical components and wiring in order to make sure there are no signs of any damage.
In order to ensure that you are safe while using a seamless gutter machine, be sure that you are not wearing any loose fitting clothing or jewelry that could get caught in the machine. In addition, be sure to check the weather. If rain or snow is in the forecast, it is best to wait for another day as you can end up getting shocked if the machine gets wet while you are using it.
Another thing to look for is that all safety covers on the machine are closed and secured in order to prevent dirt, dust, or other foreign objects from getting into the machine. Also, be sure to double check that the directional switch is in the Forward position and that your extension cord is of the proper length and not frayed.
Gutter machines typically spit out 30 feet of gutter per minute. Therefore, you will not have to use it for very long in order to get all of the gutters needed for your home. However, you need to be sure that it is properly lubricated before you begin and that you have positioned run out stands at eight to 10-foot intervals in order to support the gutter that comes out of the machine.
Finally, before you begin to make your gutters, you should do a test run first. Begin by making about 10 feet of gutter. Then, inspect the piece carefully to ensure that it is the proper shape and that there is no paint damage. You should also keep a look out for any surface imperfections from the rollers and get a feel for both the machine and the sounds that it makes as unusual sounds usually means something is wrong and needs to be cleaned, lubricated, adjusted, or repaired. If you do find or hear any issues, you will need to diagnose and fix them before you can continue with the job. Also, remember to close and secure all safety and access covers before restarting the machine.
Once you have finished making the gutters you need, turn off the machine, and disconnect it from the electric power circuit. You should also reinstall the spool retaining pin and cover it with a tarp in order to protect it from dirt, debris, and weather. In addition, you should never old gutters or downspouts in your vehicle with your machine as this can cause damage, especially if there are leaves and other garbage or waste still in them.