If that's a problem, you get the type with a fine mesh (similar to window
screen) that doesn't let the little stuff get through. No big deal.
I have well over 200' of gutter on my house. I use the guards with fine mesh
in the areas that are under the pine tree, and under the silver maple. They do
a fine job of keeping pine needles and maple seeds out of the gutters. On the
rest of the house, standard guards do a fine job of keeping leaves out.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Why do we need gutters anyway? My house in Florida was built without
I've never really missed then either.
And my home in Pa has gutters but they are up high so I guess if I want
to keep 'em I have to do the leaf blower extender thing...
the gutters keep rain water from coming off roof hitting ground
splashing on home and worse over time eroding the ground around your
the work around is a gravel bed and drain system around the permiter of
so water hits absorbs cant erode and drains away thru a buried in
Hell if I cut down the Douglas Fir my drain field would overload in a
second. The builders routed the drain field right around it in a ring.
It's no wonder to me why that tree is 4 feet across and 120 feet tall after
40 years or so.
I have small (3x4) cedar gutters - I just replaced the old ones. When I had
roof re-done, I specified that the roofing MUST allow for easy cleaning
of the gutters. The old roof overlapped so there was barely room to
get a finger in some places. They made special drip edges which leave
the gutter fully open. I made a air blast nozzle with a 10 foot length of
copper pipe, a ball valve, and 2 threaded PVC "L"s to point the
nozzle any direction. I just walk under the gutter sliding the nozzle
along it to blast everything out. The advantage here is the wood gutters
which have no spikes or other obstructions to block the nozzle or
catch pine needles. I do need to treat them with shake oil every few
They do make special extenders for leaf blowers for blowing out gutters.
The rain here in Seattle is usually so light that 2" downspouts are plenty
except for maybe 2 or 3 storms a year. Then they overflow a little in
a couple spaces - no problem. It almost nevers rains here like the spring
rains back east.
You do need to keep the debris from washing down the downspouts if
it goes into a drain field.
I use a pair of Ecko-brand kitchen tongs, which are small enough to fit
through the fairly small gap between the roof overhang and the gutters, yet
capable of grabbing whole gobs of leaves and debris -- plus it keeps my
hands from getting into fireant nests that sometimes start in the gutters.
Using the tongs and then rinsing down the gutters with a garden hose keeps
my gutters in decent shape, despite the huge amount of debris I accumulate
(one gutter is about 100' long, and landscape is lined with bald cypress and
bamboo, both of which are real litter machines.)
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