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    LESLIE: Vincent in New York is dealing with a gutter issue. Basically, they are overflowing. What’s going on?

    VINCENT: Yeah. Hi, guys. Enjoy your show very much.
    TOM: (overlapping voices) Thank you, Vincent.
    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Thanks so much.
    VINCENT: Yeah. We have a 100-year-old home. It’s a two-family home and it’s detached. It’s a brick home and it has an attic. When it rains, the gutter – the type of gutter we have is built in; it’s a galvanized gutter. It’s built into the overhang.
    TOM: Right.
    VINCENT: And throughout the years, it’s been tarred and it’s very shallow. And what happens – when the heavy rain comes, it doesn’t leak but it overflows.
    TOM: Right.
    VINCENT: Is there a – now, Tom, is there anything – we just had a new roof put on and the roof is – there’s not much you could do. They fill it up, they tar it and it’s getting shallower and shallower.
    TOM: Yeah.
    VINCENT: Is there any – is any solution (inaudible at 0:10:32.4)?
    TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah, the solution is to abandon the built-in gutter and the way this is done is essentially you have to roof over it; you can’t just put roofing material over it. What the roofer will do is they’ll put a piece of plywood from the edge of the roof, over the gutter and then slightly up the incline so you kind of create a two-planed roofline where it comes down the sharper angle and then it goes out at a the flatter angle. So now we’ve eliminated the whole gutter system completely because, you’re right, it doesn’t hold a lot of water.
    So now we have to deal with another type of gutter system and what we would do is put a seamless gutter on the outside of the fascia, hang it off the roof edge and make sure we have enough downspouts to carry the water flow.
    VINCENT: Oh, that’s a great idea.
    TOM: And that’s the way you handle it.
    VINCENT: What a great idea that is. Thank you, guys, again.
    TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

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