How to Remove Rain Gutters

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  • 6-10 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-30
What You'll Need
Ladder
Screwdriver
Hammer and a pry bar
Cordless drill
Wood putty for the wood facia
Paint
Paintbrush
Sandpaper

You can save time and money by learning how to remove rain gutters yourself. It is a simple process once you make up your mind to do it yourself. With the proper tools, you can do this with minimal damage or if the gutters are already loose, probably no damage at all and you can reuse the gutters.

In order to know what tools or materials you will need for this project, you have to first examine your gutter structure and see what type of materials were used for their installation. The rain gutters can be attached using nails, screws, or rivets and some type of strapping or braces to hold them in place.

Step 1. Remove the Downspout

Your next step will be to remove the downspout. This will make removing the rest of the gutter easier. To remove the downspout, you will have to remove the elbow at the bottom of the downspout. Once the elbow is removed, the rest of the downspout should slide right out. Then you can easily remove the straps utilizing the screwdriver, drill, or hammer and pry bar depending on what was used to attach the straps or supports to the house. If you do not remove the downspout first in this order, the weight of it could very well pull its own self down and damage the house.

Step 2. Remove Brackets or Straps along Gutter

There are brackets or straps or other devices used to attach the rain gutter in place along the roofline. At this point, you will have to climb up the ladder to reach the nails, screws, or rivets to be removed. It is easier and safer to just place the ladder directly under each section you are removing and move it each time. The rain gutter pieces can just be placed on the ground at this point as you go.

Step 3. Repair the Damage

Once the whole rain gutter system has been taken down and the straps and attachments have been removed, you will have to repair the holes left by the screws, nails, or rivets. If your gutter was attached to vinyl siding, use a caulking gun to fill in the holes. Then smooth it out and paint the caulk to match the color of the siding. If the gutter was attached to wooden fascia, use wood putty to fill in the holes. Smooth them out and then paint over, using the same color paint as the rest of the wood.