Tuning up Your Rain Gutters – On the House

Tuning up Your Rain Gutters

By on May 13, 2014
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Singer B.J. Thomas, best known for his hit song “Raindrops,” was born on August 7, 1942. So, it’s a fitting day for tuning-up your rain gutters using quick-fix tips from the Carey Brothers. Do your gutters leak or sag? Are they clogged up?

To find sagging low spots in your rain gutters, pour water in the high end and gently bend metal brackets up with pliers where water accumulates. Then patch leaky joints with silicone caulk or gutter sealant.

To fix a leaky steel gutter, apply a liberal coat of roofing cement, add a layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil followed by more cement, more foil and a third coat of roofing cement.

When clearing gutters, don’t mess up siding by dumping debris overboard. Tie a long rope onto a bucket instead, and lower it to the ground where a helper can dump it. Or you can climb down safely using both hands.

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