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Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 8, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9156943

There are some kinda big twisted nails that seem to hold the gutter - or some type of gutter hanging hardware, to the house. recent heavy rains seem to have forced a section of the gutter to come loose form the house. i have done some DIY projects but admit to being ignorant of how gutters are hung or the best way to re-attach the guttering. I fear the wood is now just not in good enough condition to just hammer the nails back in - plus, I can't see a practical way to hammer the nails.

any guides or advice to parts/techniques to put my gutter back?
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2012
6:12 AM

Post #9157907

Gutters are hung using gutter hangers or brackets. On plastic gutter I think the gutter just snaps into the hanger. There are strap type hangers that go under the shingles.

If the boards under the gutter won't hold nails then you have too choices. Either replace the boards or move the brackets and maybe even add some. I'd think deck screws would help also.


Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 9, 2012
6:28 AM

Post #9157922

They make long screws for guttering too. That would hold better than the nails.

Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 9, 2012
10:09 PM

Post #9158774

I was on the ladder today. I don't see how a hammer would clear the front of the gutter but, perhaps, is bent up and clipped in the front afterwards. There's no indication of any bending but...

Also, in about 4 places, there are straps that have been pop riveted on to the brackets, the other end of the straps are under the first coupla layers of shingle with a nail right thru the shingles. The clip/hanger appears to have a key-slot but, these straps dont' use them. maybe someone just jury-rigged it.

i think I will try to use deck screws but, not sure how i will clear the front of the gutter - even if it involve some bending, it will require less that I would need swinging a hammer.
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 10, 2012
8:48 AM

Post #9159143

OK, I stacked 2 magnetic screwdiver bit holder/extensions in my B&D cordless drill/driver. I pulled the nails out of the clip/gutter in 5 spots and used #8 3" wallboard-type screws to reattach the gutter. They all squeaked in the last inch or so, so I guess they found some fresh wood to bite into.

The rest of the gutter seems snug up to the house, but if I encounter a similar problem again, I'll know what to try first for a fix.

thanx guys - the screw idea worked well for me.

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