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Hardware Tip of the Week: Rain Gutter Tune-Up and Installing Shelving

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It’s a good day for fixing-up your rain gutters (with quick-fix tips from the Carey Brothers). Gutters leak? Sag? All clogged up? Runneth over like the proverbial “cup”?
To find sagging low spots pour water in the high end and gently bend metal brackets up with pliers where water accumulates. Then patch leaky joints with silicone caulk or gutter sealant. To fix a leaky steel gutter apply a liberal coat of roofing cement, add a layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil followed by more cement, more foil and a third coat of roofing cement.
When clearing gutters don’t mess up siding by dumping debris overboard. Tie a long rope onto a bucket instead and lower it to the ground where a helper can dump it or you can climb down safely using both hands. Patch up the gutters and raindrops won’t be falling on your head anymore.
Installing shelves? Hanging a mirror? You’ll need more than drywall to hang them on. You need the solid backing of a “stud” the vertical 2x4’s behind finished walls.
Here’s six ways to find them ranging from hi-tech to low-tech to no-tech and even “what the heck”.
• Most reliable is the hi-tech electronic stud finder that detects changes in density. Pass it over a wall
and lights and tones tell when you’ve found a stud. Some signal pipes, cable and wires too.
• “Low-tech” magnetic finders locate screws and nails but they also find wiring, pipes and air ducts that may be nowhere near a stud.
• “No-tech” methods include tapping and listening or noting where switches and outlets are installed and eyeball techniques like holding a light close to a wall and looking for nail heads and seams.
• Finally, the “what-the-heck” method involves drilling a hole and either being lucky enough to hit a stud or (if not) inserting a coat hanger and fishing around inside for a stud.
And that’s the Tip of the week from Island Tackle & Hardware.