How to Adjust Gutters and Caulk Flashing

These step-by-step instructions show how to reattach roof gutters, loosen and adjust their pitch, and seal roof flashing.

Materials and Tools:

silicone caulk
wood block
hammer
crowbar
gloves
screwdriver

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Steps:

1. To adjust the slope of the gutter, wearing gloves, pop out the gutter pegs on the side and around the corners. Loosen the drip edge with a screwdriver. Use a hammer and crowbar to loosen the gutter.

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2. Drop the gutter to the desired angle sloping it toward the downspout.

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3. With the gutter realigned, replace the gutter pegs; use a block of wood to avoid damaging the soft gutter metal.

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4. Seal any gaps created by realigning the gutter with silicone caulk.

5. Test the slope by running water down the gutter; the water should flow downhill to the downspout.

6. If necessary, use stain-resistant primer and paint to hide old stains.

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