How to Secure Loose Gutters

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Loose gutters are most often found after the cold winter months. Snow and other elements can add a lot of weight to gutters can cause them to sag and become loose. The gutter spike can loosen, and this problem must be fixed before the entire gutter falls down. Fixing a sagging gutter may seem like a never ending job, but with a few tips and instructions, you can have that loose gutter fixed once and for all.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Broom
  • Threaded gutter anchor
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Gutter anchor sleeve
  • Clean out the gutters by hand. Climb a ladder and remove any leaves and other debris that may have gotten into the gutters. Brush out the area with a small broom.

  • Inspect the gutter looking for loose attachment spikes. Work from one end of the house to the other, removing loose gutter spikes. Continue around the house and pull out all of them.

  • Insert a threaded gutter anchor into the existing hole in the outside of the gutter from which you removed a gutter spike. Use a drill with a screwdriver bit to drive the anchor through the hole and the sleeve that bridges the top edges of the gutter.

  • Line up the sleeve to the hole in the fascia board, and drive the gutter anchor through the sleeve and into the fascia board. Stop when the head of the anchor is even with the front edge of the gutter.

  • Install additional gutter anchors as needed following the above step. Continue around the entire gutter on all sides of the house until all of the loose gutter sections are secured to the house.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not over-tighten the gutter anchors or it may distort the sides of the gutter.
  • Be very careful when working on a ladder. Make sure it is on steady and stable ground when in use. For two-story and taller applications, it's best to hire a professional unless you have experience working at that height.

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