closeup illustration of gutter fastened with a hanger
Illustration: Jason Lee
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For Plumb Fascia: Hanger

Bridges interior of gutter, largely hidden from view, but interferes with cleaning. Hangers with built-in screws (shown) hold better than spikes and don't mar gutter faces.

Pro advice: To drain properly, a gutter should slope at least ¼ inch for every 10 feet of run. Increasing the pitch increases a gutter's handling capacity, but the gutter may look askew over a long run. The easiest way to check pitch: Dump in a bucket of water and watch how it flows.
Gene Stucky, Park City Rain Gutters
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