gutter cleaning in Marlborough ma
In this post of gutter cleaning gadgets, I want to show you some homemade gutter cleaning tools. Here are three gutter cleaning gadgets that once built, could enable you to do the work safely from the ground.
1 The pvc pipe gutter cleaner
This is a homemade version of a powerwash telescoping wand. There is a couple of versions of this home made contraption around the web. The idea is simple; you glue some pvc pipe together and attach it to a hose. You are then able to reach the gutters from the ground, and you can wash the debris from the gutter down the drain. See the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT2Q0Y0PreM
The plan looks good on paper but doesn't really pan out in real life. Unless the gutters are pretty free of debris anyway, rinsing the gutters will do little good. The debris will flow towards the drain and bottle neck in the outlet, causing a clog. Once this material gets into the elbow(s) its almost impossible to unclog without taking it apart. Also its messy. Years ago, I muddied up the front of a house trying out a similar home made gadget. I am not a fan of water wands anyway.
2 Home made gutter cleaning vacuum
On the website spillingcoffee.com there are instructions on how to build your own gutter cleaning vacuum. I haven't built this myself but it looks very promising. If you have a lawnmower with a suction port, you just may have enough power to suck the leaves out of your gutters. These instruction show how to attach a lawnmover to an extention tube to a stove pipe elbow. I like the wide 4 inch duct used to suck the debris in because it is less apt to clog.
3 Air compressor gutter cleaner (patent US 20050051193 A1)
I found a patent on Google patens that shows a description of a gutter cleaning gadget that uses an air compressor. It doesn't have instructions on how to build the contraption but I'm sure a motivated person could build one from looking at the diagrams. Here's the link: http://www.google.com/patents/US20050051193
The compressed air travels through a hose and out of a wand nozzle tip. This concentrated stream of air sweeps the leaves out of the gutters. If there is a prototype of this gadget built, I would like to see it in action. It would be interesting to see how it handles a clogged downspout.
Thank you for reading.