The cleaning and maintenance of gutters can be one of the most overlooked tasks for homeowners. We will only take the ladder out when the gutters will overflow; Water is leaking into the basement where there are so many maize seedlings growing in our homes that look like a pet chia. You do not need me to remind you that cleaning gutters twice a year is a must. Spring cleaning, after the fall of seeds and helicopters, is the most important. Many seeds float and move quickly to the downspout where they will clog in no time. In the fall, the weather can change quickly and the cold and humidity are miserable and dangerous for climbing up the ladder. I have been in the area of gutter repair and maintenance for over five years and I can tell you that cleaning in the late spring is essential for the annual maintenance of the gutters.
But you say you clean the gutters twice a year. Still hanging at home with the pool water away from the downspout giving the mosquitoes an ideal breeding pond for their eggs. What happens is that the nails come out of the house and have to be hammered. This is a simple and effective way to indefinitely extend the life of your gutters. The next time you're at the hardware store, take a hammer belt hook. This small, thick leather model with a heavy wire loop and slots for your belt is a sure way to carry a hammer up and down the ladder. As you clean the gutter, drive in the nails without crushing the gutter. You should be able to reach three nails, but be careful never to go too far. A good rule is to always keep your shoulders in the width of the scale.
Some solid shots should tighten the nail, but what if the nail remains loose? A properly installed nail should penetrate the end of the joist, rafter or ceiling joist. The fascia, nailed to the ends of the trusses, is less than an inch thick and ¼ inch gutter nails will divide the board, then the nail will come off if that n '# 39 is not done correctly. Finding the ends of the farm is almost impossible if the fascia has been covered with aluminum siding or vinyl because you can not see the nails used to fix the fascia in place and try to measure for the ends of the farm even if you are 1/16 of a centimeter, by the third farm, you will miss the solid wood needed to hold the nail.
So you have a gutter that has been ignored for years and you can not squeeze the gutter's nail. I've cleaned and repaired thousands and thousands of feet of gutters and the hidden hanger with an integral self-drilling screw is the answer. You can get these hangers in the big box home store, but a better bet is to go to a cladding and gutter supply house. This is worth seeing as you will be surprised by the selection and variety of gutter products and tools. This type of hidden hanger uses a ¼ inch hex head and is easily screwed to the back of the gutter and into the fascia. The screw is tilted to increase the holding force and because it pierces its own hole, it is far superior to the nails. The smaller diameter self-drilling screw will not divide the board and if you do not hit the end of the boot, it will still hold for many years. The problem with the hidden hanger is that you will need a clearance to hang under the top outer edge of the gutter, then tilt it to cut the edge of the back of the gutter. If the roof overhang is too big, you can not swing without lifting the shingles. If the gutter is hanging from the edge of the roof, place the hangers in place along the incriminated length, then push the gutter as best as possible, then push in the screws. Leave the old nails in place to fill the holes.
Another product is gutter screws that replace the gutter nail. These work well if the old nail was in the boot but out anyway. The screws come with a tube to fit inside the gutter and are slightly larger in diameter. The screw is also longer to bite in solid wood. The preferred screw will have a square drive that is provided in the box. To install a gutter screw, you must first remove the old nail with a pair of locking pliers as Vice Grips. Then simply push the screw into the old hole, through the tube and into the wood.
Do not forget to pay attention to ladders and wear lace-up boots on the ankle. You will also need a battery-powered drill-driver, a hammer equipped with a belt hook and a vise-grip. Keeping these nails tight will prolong the life and utility of your gutters for years.