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Paula
Gutter slope correction "impossible"

About 6 feet of one of our rain gutters is dry.  The rest contains about 3/4 in. of standing water.  I successfully removed the enormous screws from the hidden brackets (or whatever the correct term is for those) holding the gutter to the Florida room.  The brackets won't budge.  At all.  They are underneath several layers of roofing accessories, including a fairly thick (presumably PVC?) flexible white roof cover that surrounds the brackets and hangs into the gutter.  The roof covering is held on by what looks like one or two metal strips that have several two inch screws holding them on.  If you loosen that metal strip, there's a brown drip edge right under that, and it looks like the part of the bracket that clips onto the gutter edge nearest the fascia is UNDER even that.  Drip edge around the rest of the house does have some space under it, but the gutters are all different, so I can't even figure out what to do by looking at the gutters that aren't complicated by this roof covering.  I want to try using a mallet to tap the brackets and encourage them to release the gutter edge, but I don't want to break anything either.  Considering just making another hole and having a second downspout.  The gutter in question is 18 feet long.  It's obvious that the end with the downspout is a little bit higher, and a level confirms that.  Thoughts?  

HandyAndyInMtAiry
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Paula,

A picture would greatly help.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Paula
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This is a pic of the length of the rain gutter.  you can't really see the dry part from this angle, but the downspout and approximately 6 feet of dry gutter are at the far end of the gutter.

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Paula
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This is what it looks like when you pull the white flap up so that it isn't hanging over the sides of the bracket.  

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Paula
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This is how far away from the gutter the white material extends.  It is held on by the thin metal straps that are screwed in just above the gutters, as well as at the edges of the roof where there are no gutters.  You couldn't really see the screws too well in the pictures.  They are 1/4 in x about 2 inches each.  

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Paula
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And this is what the gutters look like just on the other side of the kitchen...still the back of the house, but not near the white roof covering.  The brackets aren't the same here...I thought if I looked at the other gutters without the extra materials around, I could see how the brackets worked a little better.  But these are the old school spikes.  I think when my parents had the roof redone a couple of years ago, the gutter on the Florida room, the white material, and the hidden brackets were an update.  Unless I miss my guess, the slope of the gutter is exactly the reverse of what it should be with respect to the location of the downspout.  It's 18.5 feet of gutter, and this part of the house is where all the rain is shed, over the back yard and into the swale.  I was thinking just add another downspout before rainy season.  We may need it.

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Paula
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HandyAndyInMtAiry wrote:

A picture would greatly help.

Yeah, sorry.  it got windy as heck after I came down off the ladder.  I wasn't going back up for anything.  Today was better.

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