Cleaning gutters from ground with shop vac or blower

organicsueDecember 5, 2013

Hi all -- wanted to find out if anyone has cleaned their gutters with a shop wet dry vac or leaf blower -- with the attachment needed to clean roof gutters. The attachment has large tubes and a candy-cane top so that you can attach it to the vac or leaf blower and literally blast the leaves out of your gutter, or vacuum them up. I tend to think that if you vacuum them up you're going to get clogged a lot so blowing them out would be better -- but wanted to see if anyone has used such a system -- what exactly did you buy? Do you need a super-powerful vac or blower? My gutters are less than 15' high. We have a linden tree and this locust tree that drops long pointy pods -- really a problem every year. So if anyone has tried this, please post -- and thanks.

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After a few years of large oak leaves clogging the gutters we decided to take the gutters down and pour a sidewalk under the drip line. Our house is under a canopy of large oak trees.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 11:56AM
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organicsue - you might try posting this on the Home Repair forum. There are lots of conversations about gutters and gutter cleaning over there.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 10:05AM
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I once had a house with a gutter screen, came in a roll, reduced cleaning to what could be done with a garden hose. I've the opinion that shop vacs are really good for the shop and of limited usefulness for these interesting additional uses. As noted above, see Home Repair Forum - GardenWeb too.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 4:22PM
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The ceiling of the porch on one of our homes rotted out. It was explained to us that water ran down the nail that was holding up the gutters into the ceiling of the porch. We had an insurance man over for some reason and I mentioned it to him and he said gutters cause more damage than not having any.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 5:54PM
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Check out this video linked below. My hubby has the same blower, but has not has not got it set up to do this yet.

Here is a link that might be useful: Leaf Blower set up for Gutters

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 6:18PM
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We live in Canada and our house has Maple trees and our neighbour has walnut tree and an oak tree.. collectively they drop piles of leaves so for the rain gutters l now do the following.. Having both knees repaired and replaced, ladders are out for me so l made my own contraption to clean the leaves from the ground . We have a 6.5 horse power shop vac.. I made an extention out of ABS pipe along with making a hook at the the end ( to look like a candy cane) that connects to the original flex hose that comes with the shop vac. I start the shop vac and roll it along on the ground or walkway in front of the house or on the 44 foot deck on the back side of the house holding one end of the ABS pipe extension and having the hook part in the rain gutter... it cleans the rain gutters out nicely and all the mess is in the shop vac ready to empty in my choice of disposal container... Works well and a cheap tool to make...\

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 2:38PM
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