A build up of rust on my gutters made the metal worn and a hole formed, which would drip water straight down when it rained. The ground under the hole would get pretty soggy and look like a mud pit. I had no choice but to look at guttering prices to find a suitable replacement for the hole. While waiting for the new gutter to arrive, I placed a bucket underneath the hole to collect the water. When the bucket became full, I used the fresh rain water to water my plants. The garden plants sure get a kick out of it.
I chose to install the new gutter on my own, because I feel that no one else can do a better job than I can. I have a ladder just for occasions where I have to do work on the gutters and any other high areas. I actually have a fear of heights, but I have to get over that if I want any work to get done. Once I had to climb on top of the roof to add some new shingles because the roof was leaking whenever it rained. I was scared out of my mind and strapped myself to various points to prevent myself from falling.
Installing the new gutter was as simple as taking the screws out of the old one and putting the new one in its place. As for the old one, I let the scrap people handle it. There are a few people who drive around the neighborhood and pick up whatever scrap metal they can find. Sometimes they’ll even take a whole appliance so they can strip it for all of the metal. What they do with the metal is a mystery, but I’d be willing to bet that they sell it.