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Old 06-10-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
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So i have had a leaky seam in my gutter for some time now however since the deck is nearing completion i prefer it no leak onto my new Deck!

So on the ladder i went. I drilled out the old broken rivets, cleaned the joint thoroughly, applied gutter silicone on the seam, and shot 4 new rivots into it. One more swipe of silicone and it should be good.

Not that it's a huge DIY project but if it needs fixed then it's a project to me!


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So i have had a leaky seam in my gutter for some time now however since the deck is nearing completion i prefer it no leak onto my new Deck!

So on the ladder i went. I drilled out the old broken rivets, cleaned the joint thoroughly, applied gutter silicone on the seam, and shot 4 new rivots into it. One more swipe of silicone and it should be good.

Not that it's a huge DIY project but if it needs fixed then it's a project to me!

What "gutter silicone" did you use?

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Old 06-10-2010, 06:27 PM   #3
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OSI gutter sealer. "box store" stuff.
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That should do it, as long as it was cleaned well for the silicone to stick. I use the OSI regular white caulk on gutters, because it will seal through 5" of water, if the gutter inside is clean. I also like Geocel 2320, it is one of the only sealants I've found made specifically for gutters. I seal alot of gutters everyday, 15 yr. gutter guy. Hope your leak is fixed. God Bless.
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thanx. yep, we'll see next rain.
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What would be the best thing to use to clean the gutters before applying the silicone?
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i used just an all purpose cleaner, then scuffed it with some steel wool, then wiped it clean with some alcohol. Of course let it dry completely before putting the silicone on.
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i used just an all purpose cleaner, then scuffed it with some steel wool, then wiped it clean with some alcohol. Of course let it dry completely before putting the silicone on.

Excellent cleaning job, very thorough! That would work every time. If not you have to use a screw driver to scrape the old caulking out completly, or a wire wheel on the end of a cordless drill works good, then scrub it clean with a rag. Reapply new caulk.

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Thanks guys, I have a repair to do and I may as well do it right the first time.
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What would be the best thing to use to clean the gutters before applying the silicone?
http://www.amazon.com/Hyde-Tools-029...6301293&sr=8-1
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If your resealing an existing Mitre, I like to try to completly remove all the old caulking first, sometimes you get lucky and can pull it all out with one stong grab on a corner of the caulk, if not I scrape it loose with a flat head screwdriver and pull it as I go. Once all the caulk or as much as possible is gone simply scrub it hard with a rag, making sure there is no " MOLD" left in there, that is what prevents the new caulking from sticking, the mold. Once the gutter is clean of all mold and is bone dry, re-apply new caulk generously, my rule of thumb is 3/4 of a tube of caulk per mitre, if it is a standard 6" gutter. I like to use a Ferrulle pounded flat on the end to create a " spoon" effect and use this tool to evenly spread the caulk inside the mitre, and "press the caulk into the gaps in the seams, then cover those gaps generously. Hope this helped. Good Luck.


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