Taking the Gutters & Soffit Down

John removed the original galvanized gutters from 1954. They were completely ineffective, rotted out with holes in them, and the gutters at the back of the house, held dirt and water–a perfect combination for weeds to grow.

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Below: On the lower side of the house, there were PVC gutters, and the original galvanized leader (downspout).

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The galvanized leader from ’54 wasn’t in nearly as bad shape as the gutters. By the way, I can’t wait to replace the garage door that you see in this photo.

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The part of the chimney where John is standing was severely damaged by the four 20ft ham radio antennas bolted to it via stainless steel brackets . Bill had them custom made and pre-bent. When John removed them, they left gaping holes in the brick work.

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John is taking down the aluminum that is covering the soffit, which of course, will be added to the recycling pile.

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A few months ago someone said to us, “You should clean the gutters.” I thought they were joking. What gutters!

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The wood soffit is now exposed.

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Below: The wood panel covering the soffit has been taken out (John used a hammer on it) which resulted in air flowing into the house.

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Here’s the back of the house with weed-growing gutters…

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The weed gutter is finally gone, and one more thing is crossed off the list of things to do, before the framers arrive.

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The front….

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Bye Bye Gutters…

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We want to clean the brick before the framing begins. If anyone out there can suggest the best way to clean them, please let me know. We asked a couple of people and each answer is different. (We’ve obviously never cleaned brick before. )

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The gutter filled with weeds…..

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