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Old 05-07-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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need advice pinning down existing drip cap

The aluminum drip cap on the front of my house needs to be pinned down. There are not enough nails and the ones that are there are not driven down tight enough. Didn't really notice until I had seamless gutters installed. Gutter goes behind the drip edge and the brackets are then screwed through the face of the drip cap.When the mounting brackets were screwed in it caused the top of the drip cap to buckle up in spots. So I need to pin the drip cap down to the roof without removing or damaging the existing shingles. Any tips or tricks from you pros?
I'm also wondering if there is another way to attach the gutter brackets (maybe a different type) to avoid the drip cap? Thanks.


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Old 05-07-2009, 05:12 PM   #2
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Which brackets were installed? Photo or link will help.
If the drip edge has been buckled due to the brackets, you won't be able to nail it down again due to the stress the brackets are applying to the metal.


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Old 05-07-2009, 05:15 PM   #3
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Not familiar with the term "drip cap." Are you referring to aluminum cladding which is "wrapped" onto the fascia?

If you mean drip edge, gutters should not be attached to that at all, nor are they normally forced up behind it. They're set below the lower edge, and under normal circumstances, water will literally drip from that edge (if not from the more pronounced one above) into the gutter.

As for adding nails to better secure the drip edge to the roof sheathing, you should be able to lift the lower edges of the shingles enough to do so without damaging them.
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