Now that I'm almost 70, my wife insisted that I call a guy to clean the
After a ten month wait, I decided to just do it myself.
Had to do it when my wife was not watching.
I wonder if I should have those leaf guards installed?
I was thinking the same thing but found a better way. I moved to a new
house with no gutters.
My next door neighbor had gutters install two months ago. He was on the
roof cleaning them last week. I'm not putting any on.
Had I stayed in the old house, probably would have put some sort of
On Friday, April 19, 2019 at 8:08:05 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Question is what type works best? And that might depend on what trees and
stuff one has that wind up in them. One type uses a curved lip at the edge,
where water rounds it and goes into a slot, while debris goes past it.
I saw it working at a show with a moderate water flow. I wondered though
what happens with a heavy downpour, if that winds up going past it.
One problem I would think with all of them is that whatever does wind up
in the gutter, you have to remove the guard to clean that out, so I'd want
something that isn't too hard to remove. I remember fooling around with
some stuff that HD or Lowes had, that slid under the shingles and over
the gutter, ie it was DIY stuff.
My ladder will take me safely as high as the bottom of the gutters but
since it's a two story house do not want to risk my life working above
the gutters, so would want to hire someone.
There is only one gutter near trees so I would not have to do all of
them. Maybe it would not cost a fortune to just do one, ten foot section.
While I couldn’t have no gutters when I designed and built my house,
I would prefer no gutters at all because that had worked well in some
of the houses I had lived in previously. Obviously you do need some
way to avoid columns of water off the roof across the doors but that’s
not hard to do without any gutters.
Since I couldn’t have no gutters at the time I built the house, I have
very wide gutters, must be about a foot wide. Very easy to shovel
the leaves out using a standard flat ended spade, onto the ground
beside the house.
One problem is that the design of the flat roof now doesn’t allow me
to easily have no gutters. They arent legally required anymore here.
On Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:32:21 PM UTC-4, philo wrote:
Well, they would be a good idea to keep rain from pouring onto your head
when you enter and exit. And assuming the water is dealt with correctly,
they take water away from the foundation, where it can wind up in the
basement, if there is one. Also depends on how much overhang there is.
If there isn't much, you have water pouring down on whatever is below
and if that has any dirt on it, it can splash back up and dirty the siding.
The falling water can erode whatever is below it, so hopefully there is
mulch, stone or something there so it doesn't make a hole. I guess it also
depends on how much rain you get, AZ or Oregon, etc.
Yes, but its not hard to ensure that doesn’t
happen at the doors without gutters.
I don’t have one and most houses here don’t have them.
But you get that even with gutters.
Yeah, I have one of my gutters falling onto the ground at
the corner of the very deep 6' eaves on the sunny side of
the house and there is quite hole there in the dirt there.
One of the houses my parents owned had a small
pit with stones in it with a chain from the gutter to
that pit that the water flowed down. Worked well.
Yeah, that house the parents had was in Brisbane. I have never
seen such a downpour anywhere else at times. Very spectacular
and you can get cars floating down the road at times there.
Yeah, I agree. I have lived in houses with no gutters and that works fine.
I wasn’t legally allowed to have no gutters when I designed and built the
house here in the very early 70s, but no gutters are allowed here now.
On Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 1:29:07 PM UTC-4, Rod Speed wrote:
The roof area of my house is about 1% of my total acreage. My
garage has gutters on the front to reduce ice on the driveway
and the shop has gutters even though it is on a slab, just because...
On Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:34:28 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I put gutters on my garage because my wife wanted them. Flowers.
The water flowing off a roof digs quite a furrow when it hits.
Splashes the dirt onto brickwork/siding.
Also have hoses on the downspouts to carry the water away from the foundation.
Gpod for you.
Just did my gutters a few days ago.
I climb onto the roof(s) and use the back pack blower.
Worst part for me is getting near the edge with
a 2 story drop to the driveway.
Lower parts of the roof don't bother me.
Why does getting older make you more afraid of heights?
Might be my imagination.
Still doing gutters myself at 73.
When I give up, time to rent.
I've painted houses hanging off the almost last rung of 40 foot ladders.
When I was younger. When I was about 45 years old I climbed about 20 feet up to paint
windows on my 2-flat. My legs started shaking. Came back down and haven't been up since.
I figured my legs were telling me something.
I still do mine at 72, but it's a single story bungalow. Cutting down the single big maple
that was sitting over my sewer line mostly eliminated the need.
Around here the firemen do a good side business of cleaning. I heard they charge $150.
There are some Youtube videos showing how to set up leaf blowers with PVC pipe to clean
gutters from the ground.
Probably could make that work for gutters up to maybe 15-20 feet high.
On Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10:15:02 AM UTC-4, Vic Smith wrote:
That's what we use. My husband didn't refer to Youtube, though. He
formed the PVC such that it slots in to the leaf blower just like the
part it replaces. We bicker a little bit over who gets to use it,
although if it's been raining I always concede.
Our gutters are maybe 9 feet off the ground.
On 4/20/2019 10:23 AM, email@example.com wrote:
I made one of those but it is somewhat heavy and shingles cover nearly
half the gutter so gap is not as good as it could be. I tried it before
I climbed the ladder and ended up with a lot of wet leaves in my hair.
Once they get wet and sit and soak, physical re-movement works best.
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