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Hi, I'd like to make a suggestion that you check out a website that offers a brand new gutter cleaning attachment tool for all brands of wet/dry vacs that have a 2-1/2" hose (at both ends.) This tool connects snuggly to the hose and allows the user to stand safely on the ground while vacumming the gutter debris, wet, dry, sand, snow, stagnant water, pine needles, leaves, bird nest, etc. When the vacs canister is full simply dump into a compost pile or around your plants for an extra layer of mulch. No ladders, scoops, blowers (clean-up afterwards), water wands (wear a raincoat), buckets, hose, to drag around the perimeter of your home. This tool is hailed by customers as "the Best Gutter Cleaning on the Market Today" and you can see for yourself how well it operates at www.GutterClutterBuster.com I did and I love mine and going to get one for my brother for Christmas. Great easy, fast way to do a nasty dirty job in half the time.
The barter system works for me: I complete a friend's tax returns in a professional manner, and bake a birthday cake for her mother; she cleans out my gutters.
Thanx for all the advice...for future reference. I like the idea of using a leaf blower!
I live by myself for the first time. It's also the first time I've had to clean out the gutters by myself. I can't afford to hire someone....so here I go! I was planning climbing up my outdoor ladder with a hose and spraying out the gutters.
I'm glad someone mentioned foundation issues, I wasn't aware that NOT cleaning out gutters could affect the home's foundation.
Any tips are greatly appreciated for people like me.
The fastest, easy, and safest way I have found is to take a leaf blower and simply walk around the roof and blow the gutters out.
I have done this many times and it works great. Best of all I save money and time.