How to Fix Sagging Gutters
LESLIE: Talking to Ed in Kansas about gutters. Not dirty talk. The gutters on the house. Ed, what happened?
ED: Noticed that there were places in my gutter where water is standing. So obviously they’re not draining to the drains and I don’t know how to adjust the gutters to allow them to properly drain.
TOM: Well, what you need to do is – probably they sag over time, so what you need to do is probably pull out the gutter spikes; start in the middle of the gutter – assuming you have a drain on either end; put the gutter up as high as you can under the roof there and then work it down a little bit at a time until you get to the downspout side. Now, what I would recommend is not using the gutter spikes, the long nails. There are special bolts for gutters. They look like long lag bolts. They’re about seven or eight inches long. And those are much more effective because once you put them in they don’t loosen and they don’t pull out.
LESLIE: They never back out.
TOM: And they’re very inexpensive. They come in brown and white. I see them at the home centers all the time.
ED: OK. OK.
TOM: You drive them in with a little Allen head bit inside your drill and you just put them in and they go in pretty quickly and they work well.
ED: Alright, well thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.