On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 2:01:54 PM UTC-4, Snuffy "Hub Cap" McKinney wrote:
It won't float the solids out and if it did it would make a huge mess.
Unless you live in a heavily treed area and have to clean your gutters
2-3 times a year, you don't know how much stuff can build up in the
bottom of a gutter.
If I wait too long to clean them, the maple seeds (helicopters) will
germinate in the muck and begin to grow. Sometimes in the fall I have
to run warm water in the hose to melt the ice in the gutters before I
can clean them.
(Let's keep gutter guards out of this discussion. They are worth a thread
of their own.)
A drone is just a vehicle without a pilot. Or a driver.
What if we had a small tracked vehicle, like a mini version of a military vehicle, and just had it crawl back and forth in the gutters all the time?
It wouldn't need a lot of power to keep a mostly clean gutter completely clean.
Powering through a big clog would take some power but you'd clean them before you started, and never again.
n my gutters need to be cleaned? The highest part of the house can be reach
ed with a 28' extension ladder.
Yes, later than my post therefore you can't call the shots...
No. I already have a wife to tell me what I am doing wrong.
Get your ass on a ladder and check them. What's the problem? You want to
spend big bux to check them and what if you find something? You going to
spend more money to fix them? What is your plan of attack here? Clean them
first so you find the problems or find problems that hidden by not cleaning
them? Later on you opine about the downspouts. You going to fly your toy
down the spout? You can check them simply by getting your ass and hose on
the ladder. What is the real result you are looking for in this evolution?
Why do you always attack the posters that are trying to help you?
On Friday, August 19, 2016 at 5:26:10 PM UTC-4, Tekkie® wrote:
hen my gutters need to be cleaned? The highest part of the house can be rea
ched with a 28' extension ladder.
Later than my OP, which is the post your responded to, but *not* later than
My post regarding gutter guards appears before yours in the thread.
Do you even read the things that people post? Why is it so hard for you to
understand this simple concept?
Let's try this again...
I asked about an inexpensive drone to use as a visual check to see if my
gutters need cleaning. I already get "my ass" on the ladder at least three
a year to clean them. Sometimes I clean them before they really need them
because I've already pull out the ladder to check them and I might as well
remove what's up there as long as I got the ladder out. However, that usual
means an extra cleaning because I cleaned them "too early".
I don't know what you consider "big bux" but I don't think that $40-$60 is
unreasonable amount for a method to do a quick visual inspection instead of
pulling out a 28' extension ladder and climbing to the top of a 2 1/2 story
front and back. Get the ladder from the under the deck, fully extend it, cl
down, lower the ladder, carry it to the front of the house fully extend it,
carry it back to the deck and store it. A $60 drone sure sounds easier and
more fun. The older I get, the more I want find easier ways to accomplish a
I have no clue why you even mention spending money to clean them. You broug
paying to have them cleaned, not me.
Your comment about "flying the drone down the downspout" shows your complet
misunderstanding of the concept of "checking them". Debris often floats alo
gutter and gets hung up at the end, blocking the opening of the downspout a
causing the water to back up and even overflow during heavy rain. A drone w
allow me to check the gutters *at* the downspout to see if it's time to get
ladder, the bucket, the hose, etc.
I don't know how many trees you have at your house or what they do to your
your gutters, but mine sometimes get filled to the top 3 or more times a ye
ar. If I
don't clean them in time, they overflow and wash mulch away, etc. A drone w
be a simple way to keep a closer eye on their condition. It really is as si
this: Fly a drone instead of using a ladder...plus I have a drone to play w
The problem I see with it, which may not be a problem for you, is it
records onto a memory card, instead of being able to view in real time. You
land the drone. Retrieve the memory card and view. But you will have a
problem knowing just where what you see is along the gutter.
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 8:02:17 PM UTC-4, Don Wiss wrote:
While it's not critical to know exactly where the debris is, I don't think
it would be all that hard to tell. Odds are the image will include some
of the surroundings (a bush here, a driveway there, the deck, etc.) that
will narrow it down.
However, in general, the main goal is to check the downspouts, of which
there are 5. If any of them need to be cleaned, the ladder is coming out
anyway. Once I'm up there, the condition of the rest of the gutters can
Someone else suggested this unit for about $20 more. Extra batteries and
real time transmission to a smart phone (I think...I haven't looked at it
in any detail, I just found out about it a few minutes ago)
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Headless is a real nice feature to have. And, of course, this one wipes
away my complaint. Avoid the cheaper sellers along the right. They are all
shipping from outside the US.
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
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