I'm trying to justify buying the Stihl 600 backpack blower. Thought I'd
save by cleaning my own gutters twice a year, by getting the gutter
attachment. They don't make a gutter cleaning tool for backback blowers.
Went on YouTube, seen someone made one for a single story out of 4" sewer
pipe. I'd like to do a 2 story home.
At the dealer, they told me to buy a handheld Stihl, then get the gutter
I really want to spoil myself with the 600. Any suggestions on how to make
a functional attachment, which won't fly apart when hooked up to a backpack
Mine is made from 3" PVC that is screwed to a shopvac gutter cleaner.
I've adapted it to hook onto my Stihl handheld.
Couple sheetmetal screws in the joints will do it.
I don't own a backpack blower- but a decent one will move twice the
leaves a handheld will [and wet ones, too]. If you can afford it, go
for it. The whole idea is to make life easier. Make it as easy as
Gutters might get me to buy a leaf blower.
I always crawl around up there and scoop them out by hand.
Always seems there's muck there too, which I throw on the lawn.
Seems I've done it mostly after a backup. Takes along time for leaves
to dry in a gutter.
So watch for that and try to do it when it's dry as possible so you
don't get muck splatter.
My gutters are only about 10' off the ground, so I'd rig a piece of 2"
or 2 1/2" PVC with a gooseneck made of a 90 and a 45 .
Attach to the blower with a flex hose/clamps.
For a 2-story that PVC pipe could be hard to handle.
My first thought was a light 20' painter's pole with flex hose
strapped to it, but that's expensive and still hard to handle.
So I'll go Rube Goldberg.
Go with a long PVC setup, but fabricate an aluminum frame at the end
with a light plastic wheel that let's you roll it along the roof.
If you want to get fancy, add a light plastic V-wheel that runs on the
gutter rim to keep distance.
Might have to jump it past gutter straps/brackets.
Everything cheap and easy except putting it together right.
Envy of the neighborhood maybe.
Thanks. Never even thought of vacuuming.
I've got a hang-up shop vac, 3hp with 1 1/2" hose.
Should do, with the right length PVC and gooseneck.
Luckily I don't too many leaves since I had the big maple next to the
house cut down. Not due to the leaves, but because it was over my
Saw this when searching for vacuum gutter attachments.
Some good ideas.
If you are planning to stand on the ground, then you need a long blower
extension to reach the second floor. At the end of the extension, you
need an elbow to curve the air into the gutter. This is going to put a
strong side force on the extension, making it very hard to control, even
if you have powerful upper body strength.
If you are near the ground of a single-story building (ranch house),
your shoulders might be only four feet below the gutter (standing on a
lower rung of a step ladder). Add nine feet for a second story, and now
you are 13 feet below the gutter. The side forces will be 13/4 = 3.25
times higher. This is due to the change in direction of air flow alone.
The higher air speed from the backpack style worsens the situation.
I've ignored the weight of the extension itself. Even with the blower
off, you have to consider wrestling with the weight of the extension.
Lowes (and others) offer water wands for the end of a garden hose. Even
they are hard to control.
To avoid the whole situation, consider gutter covers. Cheaper and safer.
Before my inner ears told me to stop doing that, I used to clean
single-story gutters by scooting along on my butt from above, and
scooping the crud out by hand. Tried a garden hose a few times, with
less than great results. (old galvanized gutter with seams every six
feet.) On this house, I walk the roof and use an electric leaf blower,
held in one extended arm, but I don't feel real comfortable doing it.
Good thing these are continuous gutters, very slick on the inside.
I tried that once, with an electric blower.
What's the point, all that stuff comes out of the gutter and
lands right on you.
With my backpack blower, I climb up on the roof and blow out
the gutters from above. No attachments.
On Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:46:55 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
I never get dirty when I do mine-- and they are 20-25' up, on a roof
with about 12/12 pitch. You won't be walking mine- especially with
a backpack blower strapped on.
I pay attention to which way the wind is blowing and save the highest
point for last. For most of the roof I'm standing 5-10 feet away
from directly below the 'action point.
That would work for my porch roof-- but why get the ladder out when I
don't need it.
If I tried blowing my gutters, I'd spray mud and rotting debris all
over my house, cars and probably the neighbor's house.
I live in an area with a lot of trees and have to clean my gutters at
least 3 times a year - 2 story colonial, almost 3 in the back, fully
extended 28' ladder required.
There's *always* gunk in the gutters due to rain rotting the seed pods
and other vegetation that lands in the gutter. I'd be doing them
weekly if I tried to blow them out before the stuff rotted.
For me, it's up the ladder wearing a homemade belt with hooks to hold
a 5 gallon bucket. I have a hook on each side so I can reach as far as
I can to the left then switch the bucket to the right side and reach
as far as I can to the right. Then it's down the ladder, dump the
bucket, move the ladder and back up again.
Maybe I need to invent some sort of "auger system" that continuously
spins and moves the debris up and out of the gutters. Of course, the
ice melt wires might get a little tangled...
Saw one such robot on a local TV news "Does It Work?" segment within the
last year...basically, it was a rotary brush on wheels w/ the same
problems as mentioned above of throwing trash everywhere.
Solved the problem here by not having gutters. :)
Or, not so much...
Installations saw in TN/VA failed miserably on maple helicopters and
various pines (still got thru into gutters) or tended to simply cover
over the top and not wash over thereby rendering gutters nonfunctional
(oaks, primarily, other large leafed species to a lesser degree).
There it rained enough that gutters did have a reason to be; here, not
so much an issue so many just forego them entirely. Of course, nothing
like the variety and sizes in the way of trees, either.
I have yet to hear of a gutter covering product that both:
1 - Work well when maple tree "helicopters" and pine needles are part
of the debris
2 - Work at all when ice melt wires are required
Please, no comments about about reinsulating the attic to eliminate
the ice dams, etc. There is more to that particular issue than I care
to get into.
Once every couple of years a little bit of quality time with a 3/4"
power snake clears the roots and debris from my underground pipes.
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