How to Remove Metal Gutters

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How to Remove Metal Gutters
Gutter Removal (Dachrinne image by crossgolfing from

Gutters provide the home and you with protection from rain. Water is collected into the gutter and directed away from entryways and the side of the house. It is then funnelled out of a downspout. Over time, metal gutters can rust or storms can damage them creating the need to take them down.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Flat bar
  • Variable speed drill

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  1. 1

    Clean the gutters before you remove them. Dirty gutters can be heavy, and throw you off balance when you take them down.

  2. 2

    Remove all of the downspouts first. This will make it easier to lower gutter sections to the ground. Use the variable speed drill to remove the anchor screws from the downspout straps that secure the downspout to the side of the house. Use a flat bar and hammer to remove straps that are secured with nails. Slide the flat bar head under the edge of the nail. Hit the curved end of the flat bar with the hammer so that the groove on the flat bar slides onto the nail head. Pry out with the flat bar to remove the nail. Repeat this process for all gutter straps.

  3. 3

    Remove the gutter screws from the top of each downspout with the drill, and pull down on each downspout to remove them from the gutter. There are usually two screws holding the downspout in place.

  4. 4

    Look at the gutter straps to see how they are anchored to the house. This will determine which tools you use to loosen the straps holding the gutters in place.

  5. 5

    Begin at one end of a section of gutter. Use a flat bar and thin block of wood to remove gutter spikes. Gutter spikes are installed through the front top edge of the gutter and into the fascia. Slide the groove of the flat bar onto the head of each gutter spike, place a block of wood behind the flat bar, and pry out to remove each gutter spike.

    Lift the shingles to remove gutter straps that are secured to the roof with nails. Slide the flat bar underneath the strap and the nail. Use a hammer to hit the end of the flat bar so that the groove slides under the nail head. Pry down with the flat bar to raise the nail and remove it.

    Use the variable speed drill to remove screws holding each gutter strap in place. The screws are inserted through the end of the strap and into the fascia.

Tips and warnings

  • It is easier to remove guttering with a helper to hold one end while you are removing the anchors. The helper will keep the loose end from falling.

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