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Old 03-10-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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How do you remove gutters without damaging the drip edge?

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do you have to remove the drip edge if it is hanging over the gutters? We are unable to get to the nails of the gutters, as they are under the drip edge. These drip edges were installed over these old gutters when the new roof was put on.
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do you have to remove the drip edge if it is hanging over the gutters? We are unable to get to the nails of the gutters, as they are under the drip edge. These drip edges were installed over these old gutters when the new roof was put on.
Drip edge is supposed to be over the gutters; you could try cutting the nails from below/behind and the gutters will fall away.
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If you try and use a sawzall it will likely damage the drip edges.

You might try a cut-off type tool, if the wheel or the blade can reach the nail location.

Otherwise, you may have to remove the drip edges, do what you have to do, and install new drip edges (assuming that the roof shingles are pliable enough to do so).
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If the gutters are held up with the spikes.,as it was mentioned you can cut the spike in the middle of each one (Spikes) then pull the gutters out and away from the fascia.A pair of vise grips/channel locks will assist on removing the part of the spike still inserted in the fascia.Basically you need to cut the head off of the spike.

If no spikes are used I recommend sliding a flat bar/nail bar/wonder bar behind the gutters and gently popping the gutters loose from between the back of the guttering and the fascia board.Start from either the right to left or left to right.Never from the middle out.

I would make sure the gutters are free of debris/ice/snow before removing them.Also disconnect the downspout elbow and assembly before removing the guttering.

If you are not using the gutters I recommend recycling them.I know the price of either galvanized or aluminum is low for recycling but keeping them out of landfills is rewarding.

When removing the gutters remember to move personal property from under or near where the gutters might fall.Not disconnecting the downspouts can cause the guttering to break a window etc.

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Not disconnecting the downspouts can cause the guttering to break a window etc.
Sounds like something learned from personal experience.
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Sounds like something learned from personal experience.

Yes.,I guess they say experience is the best teacher.It would have been fine if it were not 2 stories with a bay window that was about 3' off the ground.

Regardless if you see a window break or if you only hear the crash and smash why does it always feel like the end of the world is near ?


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