I'm in a pickle,
I am living in a major US metropolis for a while and I don't have my normal work space or tools. I also am guiding a kayaking trip in just over a month and desperately need to be able to carry 2 kayaks to a launch site in a canyon on the colorado river. I also like carrying my bike and stuff on the out side of my truck... obviously i need to solve this problem.
my truck cap, a Wildernest camper, has spots to mount those thule or Yakima artificial gutters, but those pieces of stamped steel are EXPENSIVE and wont actually work very well in my application. so I set off to make some of them from materials I found at the local home-goods store.
here are the tools you'll need
steel cutter- hacksaw
file -to round the edges.
I did this whole project without power tools except for the hole-drilling part.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Step 2: Cut 4 of Each Piece
Step 3: Drill Holes
Step 4: Here's What They Look Like Together
Step 5: Mount Them to Your Roof
Here are some ground rules.
Measure like 7+ times before drilling.
Lay out everything exactly how you want it before drilling. I tape up big sections of the roof to make sure I can get accurate layout lines. Mark, check, measure, think, measure again. And drill all your holes the same way. Use a square to eyeball your drilling angle if you're not sure you've got it straight up and down. Don't drill the holes in your so until you're 100% sure it's right... Silicone underneath the mounts around and in the holes. And don't exceed the rack or cap capacity limits. Ever.
Step 6: I'll Add a Photo Here of Them in Action
This is for TOP MOUNT artificial gutters. You'd have to use a different profile for side mount gutters.
Tools you'll need:
Some sort of steel drilling device (John Henry was a steel-drivin man)
Scribing tool (nail)
Wrenches to tighten bolts
Caulk gun or tube of silly-cone caulking