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Installing Gutter Spikes

Gutter spikes are one of many methods used to secure aluminum gutters to the facia board. Other methods include what I call the "hanger" (Fig. 1) as the gutter literally hangs from an aluminium bracket. The gutter spike is the most common method. Safety note: FALLING OFF THE ROOF CAN KILL OR INJURE YOU! Work with an appropriate safety harness. Work from a ladder if you can.

Step 1:

Determine where you need to install the spike(s). Pierce the gutter (Fig. 2) using either the gutter spike or another appropriate tool. I generally just hold the spike against the lip and knock it through with a hammer.

Step 2:

Place the ferrule inside the gutter (Fig. 3) and push the spike (Fig. 4) through the gutter.

Step 3:

Take your hammer and drive the spike into the board (Fig. 5). Don't get too tough with the spike or you'll bend it.

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