How to Make Your Own Gutter Guard

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How to Make Your Own Gutter Guard
A gutter guard will prevent your gutter from becoming clogged with debris that can damage it. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A gutter guard will prevent most of the debris that falls onto your gutter from getting into it. Build-ups of leaves and branches can lead to gutter damage. Guards do not have to be sophisticated; a simple guard made from chicken wire will offer adequate protection.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ladder
  • Chicken wire
  • Tape measure
  • Gutter clips
  • Wire cutters
  • Nails
  • Hammer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the width of the gutter and the length of each gutter section.

  2. 2

    Cut 3- to 4-foot lengths of chicken wire that are 2 inches wider than the gutter. You will need to cut enough lengths to cover the entire gutter section plus a few more to allow for overlapping.

  3. 3

    Hook a gutter clip through the lower left corner of the first piece of wire. Slip the gutter clip over the front of one end of the gutter.

  4. 4

    Pull the chicken wire over the gutter and nail it to the shingles, spacing the nails about 1 foot apart to make sure that the wire is secure.

  5. 5

    Hook a gutter clip through the end of the second length of chicken wire. Slip the gutter clip over the gutter to position the second length, overlapping the first by an inch.

  6. 6

    Nail the second length of chicken wire to the shingles.

  7. 7

    Repeat the process until all of the gutters are covered.

Tips and warnings

  • On a corner that points outward you do not need to overlap the chicken wire, but you should overlap on a corner that bends inward.

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