As I contemplate yet another day on the ladder, clearing out leaves and silt
from my gutters, I thought prevention might be a better cure for next year.
So, does anyone
a) have experience of fitting and using gutter guards (mesh or rigid
plastic), and the pitfalls of these in use
b) recomend a good on-line source for gutter guards
c) tell me how I can access the guttering above where a conservatory has
been placed, without having to use scaffolding. The depth of the
conservatory means that I can't lean a ladder over the conservatory safely
to reach this 2nd floor guttering.
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Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 8:55 PM
Subject: Re: Gutters
The conservatory is a white uPVC effort with sloping plycarbonate panels in
the roof part. Is there a standard way I can take out these panels?
(There are black rubber seals on two edges of each panel, one edge has some
sort of clear silicone sealant, and I can't see the 4th edge as it is
obscured by some white uPVC in the centre of the roof.)
We have this problem over a carport the length of the house. We're having
aluminium guttering fitted next February.
Our solution is to have crawlboards to hold a short ladder. The boards will
be attached to the wall by ropes through eyes fitted into the brickwork so
that they don't slip down the sloping roof of the carport.
The set of plumbing rods I have came with a drop scraper for gutters.
So you can climb your ladder and clear from the side. Useefull even
for accessible as you can clear safely a couple of metres either side
Would this approach work?
On Thu, 4 Dec 2003 21:26:58 -0000, "Mary Fisher"
IME anything the srtops leavs getting in, stops them exactly where the
water needs to get in, making the whole idea of gutters useless.
I suppose you COULD put chickemn wite a foot above the hwole roof...but
then in tme it would get cobered with leaves, and the water would run
off the mesh instead.
pressure wash your gutters, or take them down.
I was, er, lucky enough to be able to just reach the
gutter whilst standing on the window cills. That was
with a lean-to tiled roof below rather than glass.
Could you stop the problem at source, if there
are trees over 20' high near to your house?
I can throughly recommend the superior gutterguard system made by
Mind you its a non-trival job to fit it. I had to lower my gutters by 60mm.
I've fitted it to my house and detached garage as I've got fed up with
clearing out shed loads of leaves from 3 oak trees near me.
Bought 150m worth of plastic guards from Screwfix.
However I fitted them not horizontally over the gutter (as per instructions)
but at an angle, by tucking one edge of the guard under the roof tile and
other edge just shy of the outer gutter edge.
This was to avoid the water simply running of the roof and across the guard
to then drip on the outside edge of the gutter.
Being in a wooded area with +150ft trees, the gutters needed to be cleaned 3
to 4 times a year. Now It's only once a year to clean the gutter and 2 twice
to remove the silt and fallen moss collected around the inner guards (1/2"
chicken wire) installed over the down pipe entrance......
I've never had to clear out the gutters after fitting them and I'm plagued
huge oak trees near my house too.
This is good on a gutter that is difficult to get to, like hanging over my
Now the leaves from his trees just fall back onto his property instead of
blocking my gutter.
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