Gutter cleaning tip

The most difficult part of gutter cleaning for me is muscling the extension ladder around. I use a very expensive, high-tech tool to extend my reach to about 5 feet on each side. It's a piece of curtain hanger, the kind for hanging a light weight curtain about 2" from the wall. After emptying what's at arm's length, I use the bent end to reach under the hangers and drag the mass of leaves, acorns, and pine needles close enough to grab. Then I leave it in the gutter with the end sticking out, which shows me how far I can move the ladder. Hope someone else finds this useful, Liz
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Thanks for the suggestion...I'll give it a try.
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Liz Megerle wrote:

I do something similar. I use one of those cheap, flat snow brushes. It easily fits under the hangers. I find having the brush on the end helps drag the small stuff close enough to grab and it cleans the gutter well.
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wrote:

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I've got you beat by 15 feet. <g> I do mine from the ground. Pool skimmer pole with shop-vac nozzle duct taped to it. [Sears has the nozzles for $20.-- #00916935000 - or on Ebay - Buy-it-now $12 - $8 shipping - item #130172816736 ]
I've been using the shop vac blower- but this year I used a fernco coupler to attach the shopvac hose to my gas-leaf blower.
I have 4 30" hard extensions, and 2 lengths of flex hose to blow through. I might replace one of the flex hoses and the series of extensions with some 2" thinwall pipe of some sort and lose the pool pole. But this works so well I'm not real motivated to try and improve it.
It cleans the gutters [and a porch roof] of all my maple, oak & long needle pine.
In the time it used to take to set the ladder up once, I'm done blowing both 2nd story eaves and a porch roof.
Jim
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On low pitch roofs I just get on the roof with a yard blower or pressure washer. Done in no time. No crap all over you.
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