Fall yard work includes more than a few trips up the ladder to clean out the gutters. When leaves, twigs, and other debris clog gutters, it prevents water from flowing freely. Regular gutter cleaning reduces issues resulting from improper drainage. By installing covers on gutters, debris is prevented from accumulating so you can put the ladder away and focus on other home improvement tasks.
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Step 1: Propping an extension ladder against a gutter can damage it. Instead, use an articulating ladder, which bends up and over gutters, transferring your weight to the roof. If this type of ladder is not available, prop the extension ladder against one side of the roof, rather than against the gutter.
Step 2: Use the scoop to remove debris from the gutters and put it into the bucket. Doing this rather than pushing the debris onto the ground below keeps the yard looking nicer.
Step 3: Position the 2×4-foot gutter section to brace against force from a hammer. Use the hammer to pry out the gutter spikes one by one.
Step 4: Use the drill to install a threaded spike in place of the old spike. Continue the process for all spike holes.
Step 5: Install downspout protectors. These keep water flowing through downspouts but serve as added protection against clogging by leaves and twigs.
Step 6: Snap gutter covers into place on the gutters. Vinyl gutter covers usually have a flat edge designed to slide under the roof shingles. The channel on the opposite side of the cover snaps on the lip of the gutter. Ensure that each cover is securely attached so the wind cannot blow it away.