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jingle 10-20-2007 06:53 PM

attaching gutters to rafter tails
i just bought a 1940 mill cottage with a tin roof and rafter tails that extend to the roof edge. i'd like to install gutters at certain points where water runoff has caused damage to the cottage. do i have to install a fascia board to attach the gutters to, or can i hang the gutters directly from the rafter tails? if so, how do i do it? is there any problem with using aluminum gutters for a tin roof? aren't certain metals incompatible?

thanks for any help. jingle

glennjanie 10-21-2007 10:34 AM

Welcome Jingle:
A facia board is not required, you can nail directly to the rafter tails. There are at least 3 different gutter hanger hardware sets. One, the spike and ferrule, problem is the spike is aluminum too and bends easy; two the wrap around hanger that has a strap going up onto the shingles to be nailed down with 2 or 3 roofing nails, to me its unsightly; three there is a clamp on the top of the gutter hidden from sight with a short nailer at the rear, so you can use one nail per rafter tail, you just need a 'pea shooter' nailer. That is, a piece of tubing large enough for the nail head to go through and a rod that is a little longer than the tubing. You put the nail in the business end, place that end where you want the nail, strike the other end of the rod to drive the nail.
The aluminum should not be touching the tin roof and there will be no problem with electrolisis.

jingle 10-21-2007 06:55 PM

rafter tails and gutters
glenn, thanks so much for your reply. sounds like just what i needed to know. jingle

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