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Question DetailsAsked on 8/22/2016

if galvanized steel gutters are removed can the same ones be put back on?

we have galvanized steel gutters. two years ago we added covers to the gutters to prevent leaves from clogging them up. Now we need to replace fascia boards. Can we remove old gutters and after repair work complete put old gutters back up?

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Assuming they are in decent shape and are handled carefully when taken down so they do not kink, sure. Be sure mating surfaces are clean and totally dry, and should use a seam sealer or gasket maker like Permatex on the surfaces when they are mated back up. 30 yr silicone caulk will work but life probably 3-5 years before it leaks. Also, if using pop rivets, remember that each rivet needs to be sealed on the "inside" face because after the pop stem is broken oiff there is a hole through the rivets which will leak.

Note - Permatex Black gasket maker works best in my opinion, but because of black or bright colors (depending on which variety you use) can make an unsightly mess if not carefully constrained to surfaces which do not show from outside.

Of course, be sure to lay out or label as to which piece goes where, and when reassembling start with the downspout end and work back to the free end(s) - and be sure if gutter type uses gutter-to-gutter overlap rather than splice pieces that you overlap the "upstream" piece over the end of the "downstream piece" so there is no rough edge exposed to catch leaves and such.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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