Finally started cleaning the gutters, as I hear we have a storm
coming to California. (Why do I always wait 'till the end?).
I presume you guys do it the same way (ladder + hose + snake)?
Here is what the gutters looked like, to start with:
The downspouts were clogged with leaves and debris:
They also had a lot of mud for some reason clogging them up:
The hose didn't work all that well on the down spouts:
But, eventually the hose cleaned out the gutter itself:
It was cumbersome on a ladder, with the gutter in the way, in
the wind and rain (my fault for waiting for the storm to build);
but what seemed to work best was a 30-foot snake, which only went
in about 20 feet:
Unfortunately, all my downspouts are buried so I can't easily
get in the other way. I'll have to get back to it after the storm
because their is still standing water in the gutters:
BTW, check out this industrial strength weed whacker parked
on the side of the road ...
That is not a weed whacker , that sir is a bush hog . That one looks to
have the blades pivoted on a reinforced area of the disk . One I worked on
recently had a 1" X 4" bar as the member that the blades mounted to , the
disc was just to keep debris from the bearing and stuff above . Those will
take down a 2" tree and not even blink .
They can fershure sling shit . Most of the roadside mowers up here have
"curtains" of short pieces of chain - heavy chain . I've considered fabbing
something similar (the blade , not the curtain) for the 46" mower deck that
mounts on my little tractor . I don't really have any "lawn" but there's
some brushy growth in the orchard that this would work on just dandy .
This year I find out that my Mom has a thing
about gutters, and I've been on the ladder
several times. One time, I got the backs cleared,
and the ladder put away. And about that moment
she decided to tell me the reason I'm up there
is that when it rains, the water pours over the
edge, instead of draining. Sigh.
A friend loaned me electric leaf blower, which
moved a lot of leaves. I later tried my little
electric power washer on the backs, it removed
the black rot rather easier than hand scooping.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
trader_4 wrote, on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:34:45 -0800:
I'll snap a picture of my "leaders" but right now it's still dark outside
and the Pineapple Express is howling over the mountains facing the Pacific
(with gusts, I'm told from 35 to 95 mph). I can hear it but I don't have
a measuring tool (other than debris is blowing all over the place).
If it lets up, I'll see if I can get up to the third roof (which is about
30 feet high and I, unfortunately, only have a 28-foot ladder) which, if
I pick just the right spot, has about 4 or 6 inches to spare at the gutter.
My leaders seem to be different than the ones I see on the Internet videos,
which are usually huge 4-inch wide rectangular corrugated large tubes with
huge 4x2-inch openings near the foundation.
Mine seem to be smaller 1.5" diameter circular "pipes" which go into the
ground. I'm sure they pop up somewhere, but I don't know where. So I
can only snake them from the top, which also is different than most.
Most I've seen on the net have the hole in the BOTTOM of the gutter,
whereas mine are all in the side. That means it's harder to get a snake
in because the gutter wall is in the way.
On Thursday, December 11, 2014 9:45:00 AM UTC-5, Danny D. wrote:
That sounds real bad. I have typical ones, and even on mine, I have
to wonder what they were thinking. Some of the openings into the leaders
are only about 2.5" wide. Like it would kill them to make them larger
so maybe more stuff could go in without them clogging?
I see some parts of CA they are forecasting 8" of rain in 20 hours.
Good news is that recent storms are ending the long drought. Bad news
is all that water in such a short time brings it;s own problems....
trader_4 wrote, on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:55:23 -0800:
I just went outside to snap a picture of the "leaders" for you.
Here is a typical leader, with a rule next to it for size:
The leader comes from the inside side of the gutter and goes into
the concrete (there is nothing but ground under the concrete).
They all go into the ground, except the top (3rd) floor, which
just spills onto the next roof which then spills into the 2nd
floor gutter which goes into the ground (as do the 1st floor
Sorry for the lousy pictures. Dropped my phone off a cliff last
time we were hiking and scrambling down a ravine in the mountains.
It was either the kid I was belaying or the phone ... and it was
a difficult choice at the time.
Stormin Mormon wrote, on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:19:42 -0500:
The hardest part is that the Werner ladder that I have is only
28 feet long.
That works for most of the gutters, but some are higher than
the ladder. If I put the ladder foot on a ledge, I can just
about get a few inches over the lip of the gutter, but, the
gutter is 30 feet long and so I can only get to one end of it
even at that.
Lesson learned: 32 foot ladders are useful, if heavy.
I looked at most of the dozen or so spouts, and nary a one
has a joint that is accessible anywhere.
Here are where they go into the ground but from there I don't know:
Here's another one going into the ground (notice the black pipe):
I searched downhill from that black pipe above, and finally found
this, after clearing away brush, with a new waterfall digging a
new ravine into the side of the hill!
It looked new, to me, that this was spewing water into the steep
muddy hillside far down from the house (about 100 feet or so):
So, I threw some scrap sandstone into the hole to protect it a bit:
Do they make something to put at the end of those two pipes to
protect the hillside from washing away in the rain from the
That video was confusing because it didn't seem to be on
a garden hose but it seemed to be on a pressure washer wand
I do have a pressure washer (a nice Honda from Costco, IIRC)
which came with five (colored) tips, one of which will cut
a hole through concrete, I swear, while the other end of
the spectrum is what I use most, as it alone, even being the
softest, will dig a hole through wood.
I rarely use the pressure washer nowadays, mainly because
my garden hoses are at 80psi, and they all have brass nozzles
(I learned to use the all-brass ones from Ace and to deprecate
those composite ones from Lowes, & Home Depot and to deplore
the plastic ones from OSH or the single-rubber o-ring Chinese
but all-brass ones from Harbor Freight).
Being that I'm sort of a double-o-ring-all-brass-garden-hose
nozzle expert by now, I pretty much do most of my cleaning with
the garden hose (which I have at least 500 feet of, or more so
I can go all over the house with just a single connection).
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