How High Would You Go On A Ladder?

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  1. Window Cleaning Rayleigh

    Window Cleaning Rayleigh Well-Known Member
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    Just had a call from a client who lives in a large townhouse, so 3 windows tall! How many of you would use a ladder to clear the gutters? I've personally not been quite that high, I don't have a gutter vac unfortunately as all my gutter jobs have always been regular height houses which I have no problem with!! I have a bloke to foot the ladder as well!
     
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  2. mark m

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    When I was younger I would go up the highest of ladders but now I just say no or use the gutter vac
     
  3. rcproperty

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    personally i would pass on it, even tho i can get hold of and use class 1 ladders and have someone foot the ladder.

    dont mind going doing normal houses gutters.
     
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    Even though I do a lot of rock climbing and I'm not to bothered about heights I'd turn it down.
     
  5. M.K Cleaners.co.uk

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    Personal preference to be faire, I would do it lol. In saying that maybe its a good idea to get a gutter vac now? Cant you go down price it but price it really well, enough to cover the cost of the poles anyway. Then could you buy the vac. Another 2-4 jobs and your in profit?
     
  6. Window Cleaning Rayleigh

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    I'm torn between yes and no at the moment, I've got to ring her back tonight to tell her if I can do it. I've given her a quote of £120 for a 5m length at the front and she said that would be fine as it was high! What kind of prices am I looking at for a decent gutter vac, anyone got any links?
     
  7. mr shine

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    how bad are the gutters,if theres sods of turf in them then its possible that the vac wont do the job .
     
  8. TobySampson

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    It'd do it by hand but use a ladder stand off, I don't bother at normal height. The cheapest gutter vac I've seen has been £400 on eBay that's for a 30ft reach. You'd probably need a 36ft set though for a gutter that high.
     
  9. Smurf

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    Even though the HSE guide is 9 m max ladder height I would not go that high with a freestanding ladder to clear out guttering. :D

    As an example I did this one using a 4200 watt guttervac and still struggled at the back to remove some sods but after a lot of fecking about just managed to do it.

    Was not a full height 3 storey property either but the gap was ok and made it a lot easier as the gutters were half round.

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    If the gap is very small between the gutter and tile overhang then your are stuffed too as trying at that height to clear blocked gutters & downspouts in near on impossible to do

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  10. Window Cleaning Rayleigh

    Window Cleaning Rayleigh Well-Known Member
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    Just full so usual ****, moss, leaves etc, I've not seen in there myself, but she recently had solar panels fitted and they informed her they'd need doing. When I gave her a rough quote of £120 I was expecting her to say it was too expensive tbh lol!

    Have seen some gutter vacs but been told to get at least a 3000w one or wouldn't be powerful enough
     
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