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Cast iron gutter repairs, slate patching, and gutter cleaning – Edinburgh

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Most contractors use scaffold to repair / replace cast iron gutters, especially heavy Ogee gutters like these. We can do this work from rope access, without compromising the quality of the job.

The picture below shows the suspension system used to do the job.


First 6 foot section of gutter fitted. It’s nailed into the timber wallplate and further secured by the retaining straps.


There were two smashed sections of gutter. You can see the gap where the 2nd one needs to go.

The bottom two courses of slates have been stripped off. You need to do this when replacing gutters. A lot of them ended up being replaced with newly purchased reclaimed slates, as the existing were soft and rotten.


The joints are sealed in the traditional (and best) way. Boiled linseed oil putty is inserted into the joint and then compressed by the gutter joint bolt. It gives a perfect and long lasting seal.


This shot shows the completed job. The gutters are fitted and the slates have been patched back in.


This job also involved a lot of slate patching and gutter cleaning. The following pictures show that work in progress.

Installation of permanent ladder and louvre windows mesh

This page shows a brand new installation of a permanent ladder to give access up inside a steeple, and galvanised mesh to prevent birds getting in to the building (as they were previously).

Looking up the ladder from the base.

Looking down – about halfway up.

Looking down from the top.

Sheet of 1 inch x 1 inch square 12 gauge galvanised mesh fitted to one of the eight louvre windows.

This shot shows a few of the new mesh sheets.

2017 lime pointing work

A complete and deep rake out, and subsequent full repoint with hydraulic lime mortar,  of the entire spire of an Aberdeenshire Church.

This shot shows a pointed and finished horizontal bed above, a raked out vertical joint (note the depth achieved), and newly pointed and unfinished lime (it ends up smooth like the lime above).

Newly applied (and finished) pointing, with deeply raked out beds and joints below.

Looking down from above – pointing in progress.

Pointing the awkward joints near the top of the spire.

Newly pointed beds at the top.

Nearly done.

Looking down from the top at the fully pointed spire.


A full rake out and natural hydraulic lime repointing job on a single steeple face of a Dumfries and Galloway Church.

Raking out – an ardous job!

Looking up at the finished face.

Another view up the face once pointing had been completed.