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Old 09-01-2008, 08:28 AM   #1
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I will anyway. So my eavestroughs are full. Whoever did the roof before I purchased seemed to think they were good for their scraps and it's time they were cleared. I would like to DIY but there is no way I am doing a ladder. Call me a wuss if you like, but no ladder or standing on the roof for me I am sorry to say.

I've seen a few tools advertised on TV and one that there used to be instructions for in a magazine years ago (made from PVC pipe) and was wondering if anyone knows which way I should go before I spend any money. I have a bungalow so I guess the eaves are about 15' off the the ground. Some of the tools say they extend 60" but by my calculator that still means ladder. I also suspect I need something which will claw out that debris in some way.

Any ideas or suggestions?

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Old 09-01-2008, 08:37 AM   #2
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I will anyway. So my eavestroughs are full. Whoever did the roof before I purchased seemed to think they were good for their scraps and it's time they were cleared. I would like to DIY but there is no way I am doing a ladder. Call me a wuss if you like, but no ladder or standing on the roof for me I am sorry to say.

I've seen a few tools advertised on TV and one that there used to be instructions for in a magazine years ago (made from PVC pipe) and was wondering if anyone knows which way I should go before I spend any money. I have a bungalow so I guess the eaves are about 15' off the the ground. Some of the tools say they extend 60" but by my calculator that still means ladder. I also suspect I need something which will claw out that debris in some way.

Any ideas or suggestions?

Jean
I have seen Some that where made from ridged pipe with 180 degree bent in it with a spray head on it. the only thing bad about this is your going to be covered with debris when finished. also if the roof was redone the only true way to clean the gutter is to go up there and clean it by hand. Hire a kid from the block to go up there, or look in the yellow pages under gutter cleaning.
once cleaned then you can use the set up as I described above to keep them clean. BOB

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http://store.irobot.com/product/inde...entPage=family

http://www.guttersense.com/
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:47 AM   #4
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I made one out of a length of 2" PVC pipe and (2) 90 degree ells. Sort of like a big candy cane. The other end hooks to a shop vac. The person I made it for was not able to climb ladders and got tired of paying someone to clean gutters. The total cost was less than one hour of cleaning.
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If the gutters haven't been cleaned in a while, the debris will be matted down to the gutter and will not clean out from below easily, if at all.
Hire someone to clean them out and install gutter guards.
The only way you'll clean them out from below is with water pressure to flush the stuff out, but it's really hard to control a hose 15 feet in the air.
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Thanks for the ideas. I sure like the idea of that guttersense tool. I wonder if it's available in Canada. No water involved seems like a good idea when working from below.
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check this gizmo out from the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog this thing will maintain the gutter http://www.hammacher.com/publish/749...QSearch&ls=EP# but you need a ladder up and hands into the gutter clean out to start.once they are clean HD sells lenghts of screening that snaps over the tops ans catches the water but keeps the leaves out

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What I do is I go up on the roof and first I clean out the gutter with my hands...its messy but effective...then I bought a gutter cleaner that others have mentioned and I spray the rest of the junk out with the hose while standing on the roof.

If you feel unsafe on the roof (I only have a one level) then maybe you shouldn't do it that way.
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I would go to Home Depot, buy the plastic gutter screening, comes
in white or brown. The plastic screening has a fine mesh that is cemented on it that will keep all leaves and junk from getting into the gutter.
Comes in 3' sections, connects to the front of the gutter and under
the first row of shingles. The BEST part, easy to install and inexpensive.

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