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sullybeans

Just wondering how many guys use gutter vacs and how many just do it by hand? I personally still do it by hand. is it worth investing in a gutter vac? some of them are really pricey but seen some at about £300ish.

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Smurf

I use both methods as some awkward jobs I get I can't do safely by ladders even if I wanted too.

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sullybeans

do you charge more using the vac? if you dont mind me asking have you got a low end or high end one? if low end...does it still do the job as good as by hand?

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Smurf

I charge quite a bit anyway whichever method I use but really awkward jobs I tend to charge more.

 

I've used quite a few over the years from expensive omnipole 4200 watt vacs to really cheap 3 motor vacs which all do the same short of job.

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Tuffers

I've got a vac, it's a 3000w thingy. Like Smurf said, they are good for hard to reach gutters but a ball ache to use I find. Plus I find that it leaves stuff in the gutter when you've hoovered over the same bit of gutter a couple of times. If it's that powerful why the frig doesn't it suck everything up in sight?

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sullybeans

Think a will stick to doing it by hand. Cheers lads. Don't do to many but might invest if I get busier with them.

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Smurf

If you are risking using ladders to clear guttering working on your own then best invest in an ankalad stabiliser & microlite standoff as not only does it make the job safer to do but makes the job much easier. Even more so when using a pro gutter tool on a pole.

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Smurf

Here are some example pics to show you what I mean.

 

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That gutter run & downspout was cleared with just two ladder sets, Then flush through with a hose to clear the bits and water test the fall of the guttering checking joints were ok too

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sullybeans

do you like the pro gutter tool? saves alot of time going up and down the ladder. i dont have any of the stabiliser or standoff. do these fit all ladders? always 2 guys working so someone is always at the bottom.

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Smurf

Yes I find the pro gutter tools very handy.

 

Regarding ladders the ankalad should fit most 9 rung ladder or longer as it's bolted through the stiles. Likewise the microlite should fit most square and d shaped rung ladders.

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Smurf

On some jobs I actually use what I call hybrid method meaning I use my gutter clearing ladder setup also my guttervac as run a lightweight plastic suction hose along the guttering and stick a crevice tool on it to get under lead flashing in corners etc.

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