Gutter Cleaning Advice Please?

Discussion in 'Gutter & Fascia Cleaning' started by Oliver, May 4, 2013.

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  1. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member
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    Hi I was just looking for some advice on gutter cleaning as not done a lot.
    I was given a numatic wet n dry hoover & bought poles but only used it twice as pipe seems to get blocked straight away, is this normal?
    I was considering upgrading the hose from I think is 32mm to 51mm but not convinced it will solve the problem, do I need a more powerful vac I think it has 2 motors @ 1200w, so would I be better off getting a new vac at 3000w or more? & a cam?
    Have do bit on ladders but don't really like using them if possible.
    My other question is to people who use this system a lot, is it hard or harder work than window cleaning as I have a bad back & previous injury, & don't want to aggravate it.
    I know its probably a personal choice & I know my own limitations when it comes to working & my back, but I am not sure if I should invest money in to a new vac & hose & cam or just knock it on the head & concentrate on windows only.
    I assume all the mud & waste will be heavy & lifting vac etc. heavier pole & more awkward positions.
    I don't want to come across as a wimp lol but I need to be very careful with my back now or else it stops me from working!
    Also when you lads have built up a full window cleaning round when do you fit gutter cleaning in?
    My other worry is if I do windows only will that leave a gap for other window cleaners who do both pinching my jobs or do I find a local gutter cleaner who only does that only pass him the jobs & hope he does the same back(if I can find the right person).

    Thanks for taking time to read & any advice would be much appreciated or you view on the situation?
     
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  2. mr shine

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    51mm seems to be what most companys supply , 2400 is ok on certain jobs and a bit underpowered on some so a minium of 3000watts is better ,with saying all that it would be a risk to your back imo,you might better of getting a good standoff and doing them by hand as would be less of a risk on your back .
     
  3. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member
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    I did think about getting one but was unsure best type to get? any you would recommend?
    would you use drain rods & or trad pole extension for longer reach, but I also think there would be a lot of places you could not get to with ladders?
    I suppose in the long run I will have another person(s) working for me to help save my back.
     
  4. Smurf

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    Think you may have answered your own question if you have a bad back as using a guttervac can be hard work but also can come in handy for awkward job.



    I've found using 51mm vac hose it can still get blocked and even an 100mm inlet on the vac too. Guttervacs do have limitations on what they can do so that's why sometimes it's easier to clear guttering sods out by hand.



    I also have been known more often than not to use both methods on one job that's why I only like to take on upto 2 storey work now.


    This thread covers the safest way to clear guttering out by hand https://www.windowcleaningforums.co.uk/topic/6996-gutter-clean-by-hand/



    Hope this helps?
     
  5. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member
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    Thanks Smurf thread was useful, I think I will invest some ankalad stabilisers & micro lite stand off for now & see how I get on with them.
    Do you have different attachments for different gutter type eg rounded or square type I saw some online somewhere, I have that same black scoop one you had in pic on that thread.
     
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    Best investement you will make and will soon pay for themselves in no time. :Image9:
    I have a few tools I can use including a block paving hook/knife tapped to a pole which comes in handy to break up sods so can drag it back to myself.

    Was only thinking the other day regarding various shaped tools to fit different type gutters being sold on ebay but can't find the link now.


     
  8. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member
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    I think I saw them on eBay too but can not find them now there was a whole set of different types.
    Ankalad stabilisers seem to be about 92 inc vat & microlite stand off about 50 on eBay, so will be a lot cheaper than investing in a new vac & cam! probably 700 & your right will pay for them selfs straight away as have people wanting them done asap,the last time I attempted a gutter clean via ladders the moss was frozen solid! lol so gave up went home & put kettle on instead lol
    thanks again
     
  9. Smurf

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    Here is the link Oliver also if anyone else is interested http://4shoreservices.co.uk/

    I'm going to order a set myself to try them out as should come in handy when guttering is not too badly blocked.
     
  10. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member
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    Thanks yes they are the ones! I will be ordering some too
     
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