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Old 10-03-2011, 01:21 PM   #1
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I need to buy a ladder to clean my gutters several times each year and am not sure which length I should get.
My house is a 2-story colonial with 8' ceilings and approx. 22" from ground to 1st floor- so maybe 22ft from ground to gutter?. I'd like to use a stabilizer such that is rests on the roof (just above gutters) because there are too many windows and shutters in the way. I don't want to lean the ladder directly against the gutters.
I can't tell whether I need a 24ft or 28ft.
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24’ won’t do it you need the 28’ this is the stabilizer I prefer. The one they show on the right side of the page for $30 are a PITA.
http://www.doitbest.com/Ladder+Stabi...sku-779946.dib

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If you cover the gutters with a guard, you won't need to clean them more then once every 3 years or so. If the house is surrounded by needle bearing trees, a little less.
HD has a guard with a screen covering the small holes. It does a good job even with needles. Case of 25, 3 ft sections was about $45.00.
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If you cover the gutters with a guard, you won't need to clean them more then once every 3 years or so.
Good point about the gutter screens. I've heard mixed reviews on all varieties, but think I'll get a couple sections to try out this year and hopefully reduce the cleaning frequency.
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Get a sturdy ladder at that height. THe Werner Black-Tip can't be beat.

Only 56#. http://www.industrialladder.com/prod...productID=2782

Some Hardware type places will let you try some for comparison. The Red, green, yellow tipped ladders for instance can be very wobbly and scary at 20'. THe black tip will feel as sturdy as a staircase.
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24’ won’t do it you need the 28’ this is the stabilizer I prefer. The one they show on the right side of the page for $30 are a PITA.
http://www.doitbest.com/Ladder+Stabi...sku-779946.dib
That stabilizer looks more secure (attaches to 2 rungs). What makes the other a PITA?
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The one in the link is Werner's Kwik-Klik. Easy on, easy off, and can be dismantled for storage. No tools needed.
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Good point about the gutter screens. I've heard mixed reviews on all varieties, but think I'll get a couple sections to try out this year and hopefully reduce the cleaning frequency.
I've gone through about 6 different varieties over the years. I put the latest version on in 1992. It's been on the house for 19+ years. I clean the gutters every 3-4 years. Last year I noticed a few cracks in some of them. I'll replace them next spring.
The first 6 months in the house I had to clean the gutters 3 or 4 times due to all the trees.
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I've gone through about 6 different varieties over the years. I put the latest version on in 1992. It's been on the house for 19+ years. I clean the gutters every 3-4 years. Last year I noticed a few cracks in some of them. I'll replace them next spring.
The first 6 months in the house I had to clean the gutters 3 or 4 times due to all the trees.
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Are THESE the ones you're talking about? I saw them in the store and thought they looked pretty nice.
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I've gone through about 6 different varieties over the years. I put the latest version on in 1992. It's been on the house for 19+ years. I clean the gutters every 3-4 years. Last year I noticed a few cracks in some of them. I'll replace them next spring.
The first 6 months in the house I had to clean the gutters 3 or 4 times due to all the trees.
You should not of cut all your trees down...
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Are THESE the ones you're talking about? I saw them in the store and thought they looked pretty nice.
Yes, those are the ones.
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You should not of cut all your trees down...
What are you referring to?
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Not to hijack here, but ladder tip colors mean something? I thought they were just ornamental. What do the colors mean?

Also, FWIW, I live in the woods and have the screen type gutter covers and they still get clogged with leaves and debris. I clean twice a year and still end up with plants growing in the silt that collects in my gutters. Plus, when the screens are covered in leaves the water just goes right over them to the ground. I'm not saying they don't help, but when you have lots of trees nothing is going to keep your gutters perfectly clean. Fortunately, I live in a one story ranch and can reach my gutters by climbing on the roof with my Little Giant ladder
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The colors have to do with identifying weight restrictions, service use, etc.
Climb a 300# rated Blacktip fully extended to 40' and then try a red tip, for instance in it's closed position and the difference will be evident. Extend it any and plan on a balancing act as it wobbles around under you. The wobble will fell like 1' to 2' swings!

Oh, I forgot, the feet have must better positioning positions with a blacktip and better grip than you'l ever find on the others. And, it snaps apart easily if you only need 1/2 a ladder, and easily back together. Like their Kwik-Klik.
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The colors have to do with identifying weight restrictions, service use, etc.
Climb a 300# rated Blacktip fully extended to 40' and then try a red tip, for instance in it's closed position and the difference will be evident. Extend it any and plan on a balancing act as it wobbles around under you. The wobble will fell like 1' to 2' swings!

Oh, I forgot, the feet have must better positioning positions with a blacktip and better grip than you'l ever find on the others. And, it snaps apart easily if you only need 1/2 a ladder, and easily back together. Like their Kwik-Klik.
tinner, is this a specific manufacturer designated rating? I'm used to seeing ratings on a ladder based on weight, not color.

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