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Old 09-06-2019, 12:01 PM
 
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There are some methods I've seen to be able to clean the gutters without using a ladder. One was to use a vacuum connected to a shop vac. Another I saw was a device that you use with water which might be just from a garden hose.

Is anyone using any of these products successfully without having to use a ladder?

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Old 09-06-2019, 12:16 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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There are some methods I've seen to be able to clean the gutters without using a ladder.
My favorite is to hail down one of the yard work crews that roll by.
Twenty minutes and twenty bucks later... I'm good to go.

I'll be doing it soon to clear the years accumulation before the rain starts...
and then again around Dec 1 after all the leaves are off my many trees.
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Old 09-06-2019, 12:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Both are OK if you deal with small stuff like leaves or needles. But what to do if you have sticks from broken tree limbs or even plastic bags??
Best would be a professional cleaning once and installing gutter shields after they are cleaned. There are many different kinds for every budget. Mesh, bottle brush, screen, foam, and reverse curve.

Another method would be: Buying a nozzle attachment for your leaf blower and pushing out the debris with forced air. Or using a power hose to blow out the leaves and dirt. This also helps to clean the caked up dirt along the inside and outside of the gutter.
However - both methods will blow out the dirt and spread it on your yard.

I do like the suggestion on the above post! There is just one problem - most yard workers don't carry with them ladders. You would have to let them know what you need to be done beforehand.
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Old 09-06-2019, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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We've got a handyman who lives on our street. I used him before to clean my gutters. $12 and we're good to go. The guy is able to make it just doing odd jobs in our neighborhood.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:09 PM
 
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Gee, a ladder isn't really all that expensive.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:36 PM
 
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Gee, a ladder isn't really all that expensive.
Ladders come with a tremendous cost.

Each year in the US there are more than 164K emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths are caused by falls from ladders. Most ladder deaths are from falls of 10 feet or less. Falls from ladders are the leading cause of deaths on construction sites and those people are professionals. Over the past decade, the number of people who have died from falls from ladders has tripled.
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Old 09-06-2019, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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We've got a handyman who lives on our street. I used him before to clean my gutters. $12 and we're good to go. The guy is able to make it just doing odd jobs in our neighborhood.
$12?? You would pay many times that for a professional gutter cleaning. I would add a nice tip on top of that if the person only wanted to charge me $12....especially if it is the guy's livelihood!
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Old 09-06-2019, 04:19 PM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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There are some methods I've seen to be able to clean the gutters without using a ladder. One was to use a vacuum connected to a shop vac. Another I saw was a device that you use with water which might be just from a garden hose.

Is anyone using any of these products successfully without having to use a ladder?
A waste of time. You can't tell what you're accomplishing from below. Hire someone.
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Old 09-06-2019, 05:31 PM
 
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A waste of time. You can't tell what you're accomplishing from below. Hire someone.
Can't tell what you are accomplishing? How is that? You clean the gutters, it rains, and if it doesn't pour over the gutters it is working? What else could you possible be referring to?
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Old 09-06-2019, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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My landscaper has an attachment for his leaf blower and he does it.
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