9 Easy Gutter Repairs

Repair gutter problems with these easy fixes

Learn easy repairs for gutter leaks, overflowing downspouts, sagging gutters and other common problems in metal and plastic gutter systems.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Gutter fixes

Gutters can help keep a basement dry, prevent landscaping from washing away and add decades to the life of a foundation. But if they’re not working correctly, they can be a major headache. This article is all about easy DIY gutter repairs for the most common gutter problems. We built a little section of roof with gutters to make it easier to see what’s going on.

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Loose Gutters

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Water Gets Behind the Gutter

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Annoying Drips

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No Slip Joint

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Water Spills Over Gutter

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Downspout in the Way

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Leaky gutters

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Gutters Overflow

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Sidewalk in the way

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Caulk gun
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Hacksaw
  • Jigsaw
  • Stepladder
  • Pliers
  • Pry bar
  • Safety glasses
  • Utility knife
  • Tin snips

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Gutter
  • Downspout
  • Drop outlet
  • Elbows
  • Diverter
  • Slip joint
  • Gutter hinges
  • Fascia hanger brackets
  • Flashing
  • Sheet metal screws
  • Exterior screws
  • Nylon rope
  • Seam sealer caulk
  • Rollout spout