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Section of gutter damaged by tree branch (gutter repair)

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:27 pm
by dci1640
Warning:
I just joined this Home Improvement Forum (I watched a ton of Shannon vids over the years and always grateful to him) and have not been in a forum like this in years. I do remember people screaming like they just got shot when someone asked a question that was already covered. So I believe that I searched the forum thoroughly w/o success regarding my gutter repair question.

Question / Background:
I've got damage to my 5" K-Style Aluminum Gutter about 8' from the end. Tree branch damaged area is aprx 12". The entire length of seamless gutter is 30'. I was thinking best way to address is to cut the gutter 10' in from the end and replace that section with a 10' new piece from supply house. They sell sealant and piece to cover the seam.

My PROBLEM or CONCERN is getting a clean cut at 10'. I can't imagine snips won't cause damage to the section I wanna keep. I'm concerned I can not get a clean / straight cut w/ a grinding wheel either. I'm assuming that whatever I do I'm going to have to remove some of the gutter fasteners say 12' and 14' out so I can pull the gutter away from the fascia a bit so as not to damage the fascia and roof material (I know the roof, gutters n fascia look old / bad but that's all we got).

Would you be kind enough to tell me how you would do this?

THANK U FOR ANY / ALL ASSISTANCE!

Re: Section of gutter damaged by tree branch (gutter repair)

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:49 pm
by Shannon
Ill be real honest , if it were my home I would call up a seamless company and have a new run installed if I could not live with the damage.
If you wanna splice in a new chunk then I would just cut it with snips a little longer then I think I want and if it goes bad then pull out a zip blade on grinder. You have the right idea already loosen some fasteners in the area and that will give ya some wiggle room to work.

Re: Section of gutter damaged by tree branch (gutter repair)

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:39 pm
by A. Spruce
I recently had to replace a section of gutter as well. I used a small angle grinder and used a cutoff wheel to cut the gutter exactly where and how I wanted without causing distortion of any kind. While aluminum won't cut quite as easily as steel gutters with a cutoff wheel, it will work.

You can also lap the gutters, rather than using one of those slip joint pieces, which will make for a much cleaner look.

Re: Section of gutter damaged by tree branch (gutter repair)

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:57 pm
by dci1640
Thank you very much Shannon & A. Spruce for the feedback. I'll post pics when I'm done w/ repair. For Sits & Giggles I just googled 'gutter splice' and 'gutter repair' and about the only thing that came up was this gent Karl's work... kinda scary but I'm not one to judge https://youtu.be/2BfWJ8aWevQ

Re: Section of gutter damaged by tree branch (gutter repair)

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:36 am
by A. Spruce
Reduce your search to "gutters" and see what you come up with.

Re: Section of gutter damaged by tree branch (gutter repair)

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:57 pm
by Aaron
dci1640 wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:27 pm
Warning:
I just joined this Home Improvement Forum (I watched a ton of Shannon vids over the years and always grateful to him) and have not been in a forum like this in years. I do remember people screaming like they just got shot when someone asked a question that was already covered.
Yeah that doesn't happen here like on the forums of yore. We help you the best we can, or until you understand or fix what you need and then we all make fun of you. :? :lol:

Re: Section of gutter damaged by tree branch (gutter repair)

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:00 pm
by Vettster
If Im not to late in responding.. if your going to cut aluminum then you need a zip cut made for aluminum. The results between steel and aluminum zip are night and day ;)