Along the back of my house there is a gutter approximately 20' long. The lower end is coming away from the house. A couple of years ago I replaced several of the old gutter nails with gutter screws. The thread was a bit bigger than the shaft of the nail and most of them took fairly firmly. In a couple of places I had to move the spot it went into the soffit over an inch or so to get it to take. Now most of those screws are lose.

I fear that behind the aluminum cladding, the wood I'm attaching too is rotted but there is no other sign of water damage. Assuming I have something to attach to, what are my options? Bigger screws? Move the screws again?


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Sounds like your fascias under your cladding are shot... The only way to make this work, which I would not recommend is to line up your screws with the rafter tails and get long enough screws to sink into them.

  • Yeah, I fear you are right. :-( Jun 15, 2014 at 12:28
  • My biggest concern would be why after a number of years the fascias are continuing to degrade? There may be a leak somewhere feeding the rot to allow a secure fastening to come loose. Maybe termites as well... The cladding is a freeway for insects.
    – Jack
    Jun 15, 2014 at 21:21

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