By Elton Magoon
This is my third blog post about gutter cleaning gadgets. At this point, there are so many gadgets out there, I don't think I will ever catch up; but it is kind of fun trying. It amazes me the inventive energy that continues to sprout forth to free home owners from this dirty and dangerous chore.
The Gutter Cluster Buster
The gutter clutter buster is basically a kit of plastic tubes. After you fit these tubes onto a shop vac, you can then vacuum out your gutters. If all goes well, you will have (in theory) what amounts to a SkyVac or a GutterKeeper. I bought their complete kit for $74.99 and hooked it up to my own shop vac. When I tried it out on a dirty gutter, it barely sucked out any of the debris. I used a shop vac that was comparable, if not stronger than the vac shown in the Clutter Buster video. I think the tubes are just too wide to create enough suction. Yes, I am out $74.99 plus shipping. However, the thing that really irks me is the way the gutter cleaning guy is portrayed in the promotional video. He motions to the home owner to keep the money coming. Once he is satisfied, he walks off with a look on his face as if to say "What a sucker!"
Such a character assisination of the gutter maintenance industry, all over a box of tubes.
I want my money back!
The Hook and Roll Gutter Cleaning Kit GMB
The Hook and Roll Is a similar attachment system as the Gutter Clutter Buster. The big difference is that the Hook and roll actually works pretty well. I bought this kit years ago, hooked it up to my leaf-blower and I went to work on my own house. The top is designed to blast out gutter debris and to funnel that debris so that it doesn't land on you. It works well on dry gutter debris, but not so well on wet muddy debris. My main problem with the Hook and Roll is that it is made of flimsy plastic. Also, it sometimes comes apart while being used. If this contraption was made of a better quality material, it could be very useful.
Years ago, I found a website with these guys using power washers to clean out gutters. In the video, they hooked up washer wands to their power washers and went to work on some dirty clogged gutters. Not only did this system clean out the gutters fast, but they seemed to be having a lot of fun doing it! I went on Amazon and bought a very expensive wand with the most teliscoping reach. When the package arrived one morning, I couldnt wait to open it up and give it a try. I went to my first job and I hooked everything together. Excidedly, I raised the wand and pointed it into the gutter. I pulled the trigger and then...I was completely covered in mud!
There are two different types of wands: The pressure washer type and the garden hose type. The pressure washer wands are kinda expensive and hook up to a pressure washer. The garden hose wand can be bought at the home depot and is relitively cheap. Both types are pretty much useless for gutter cleaning, but very good at creating mud.