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This is a serious question. Many of you lads have got a Vac and I understand that they serve a purpose. However for domestic cleaning I find that the tiles are often too close to the gutter to be able to use a gutter vac to successfully. I can see the benefit to using one on Commercial work where you have much wider deeper channels and can get the vac in easily but not for domestic work. I still find personally it's easier to climb a ladder and use pro gutter tools to empty them by hand. Please correct me if you think otherwise.

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This is a serious question. Many of you lads have got a Vac and I understand that they serve a purpose. However for domestic cleaning I find that the tiles are often too close to the gutter to be able to use a gutter vac to successfully. I can see the benefit to using one on Commercial work where you have much wider deeper channels and can get the vac in easily but not for domestic work. I still find personally it's easier to climb a ladder and use pro gutter tools to empty them by hand. Please correct me if you think otherwise.
I see this almost weekly myself and always wondered how people get there gutter vac in there successfully I can barely get a hand in some I have done lol ...... Pro gutter tools and ladder for me

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I'm sure it is easier to just get up and use the pro gutter tools but I bought a reducer for the end of my vac,can't remember the size of it at the min.haven't had to use it yet though.I'm not great with heights so prefer to be on the ground.saying that,I do get up the ladder if the weeds are massive and get the worst of it before running the vac through but people like to see a machine running that can justify the price of the work.

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Incheck

I have used the vac for some time, i find it useful for areas where there is very limited ladder access, particularly uneven ground, driveways that slope steeply downwards, front gardens with lots of bushes, narrow alleys which are tight to the neighbors etc. also loft annex windows (the gutters on those)

However i have just invested in pro-gutter tools and used them on two jobs, one being this morning and it made the Vac redundant (i didn’t even get it out of the van) the gutters were the old steel type or cast iron, odd shaped with overhanging tiles (could well of been asbestos but lets just say it was old) the miniflow tool on a harris pole did just the trick. What great tools they are.

However. The obvious risk of being up a ladder in the first place is off putting to many, particularly solo operators. So, as with wfp against trad, having a vac simply provides comfort and reassurance.

Also, if there is decking (no way would i put a ladder up on wet decking) also the back of terraces (if you dare) a vac is often the only practical option.

The more tools i have at our disposal the more confident i feel.

 

 

 

 

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Part Timer
3 hours ago, Green Pro Clean Ltd said:

This is a serious question. Many of you lads have got a Vac and I understand that they serve a purpose. However for domestic cleaning I find that the tiles are often too close to the gutter to be able to use a gutter vac to successfully. I can see the benefit to using one on Commercial work where you have much wider deeper channels and can get the vac in easily but not for domestic work. I still find personally it's easier to climb a ladder and use pro gutter tools to empty them by hand. Please correct me if you think otherwise.

Skyvac have a very thin wide tool that is skinny enough to get in the gap that the usual tool doesn't get through. I've said countless times a 2 man team with pro gutter tools is quicker than a vac.

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Big sul

I've made my own reduced end pipe for my vac.
Basically it's a old 50mm alloy scaffolding pole cut down to about 300mm long then squizzed the 1 end in a vice to about 10 - 20mm ( about finger thicknesses ) then back 150mm .
You also should be checking before you quote on the job . As I've learned in the early days you turn up at the job thinking Nice easy hour !!
£80 Thanks very much!!
Then you can't get in the guttering with the Efing vac!!!!
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Part Timer
3 hours ago, Green Pro Clean Ltd said:

Commercial work where you have much wider deeper channels and can get the vac in easily

Sometimes the gutters are too big and the vac doesn't handle the volume.

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Incheck
Sometimes the gutters are too big and the vac doesn't handle the volume.

We even have this problem on residential occasionally. Last month we emptied the vac 5 or 6 times on a large bungalow. There was so much moss in there it was quite unbelievable, so dread to think what the big box gutters can be like, thankfully i don’t do commercial!


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I think @Part Timer response is bang on.   I don't really get involved with guttering and have tried to avoid it to a degree and I am also a well voiced advocate against ladder work as I dread hearing the news of another window cleaner comes off his ladder.  

 

At the end of last month we were ahead of schedule with a good few days lull in the month and staff twiddling thumbs on my time so I put a text out to the existing client base and got a weeks worth of gutter jobs come in overnight.    With the exception of all but 1 (a 3 story job) all could be done safely enough from ladder with pro-gutter tools so we had a nice strong finish to the month. 

 

Whilst I try to avoid add on services gutter cleaning and conservatory cleaning are two jobs that Joe public seems to have down as tasks the window cleaners deal with and of course I am never against (safely) earning some extra coin.  

 

Looking at other threads the prices you lads are discussing for gutter vacs seems almost bonkers unless you have a company that specializes in just gutters or you have a big existing base of commercial gutter cleaning jobs regularly to claw back the investment.  

 

I think for now I will stick to the old ladder and drilling holes in customers houses to tie it off!  🙂  Thanks for the input though guys.  

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15 minutes ago, Incheck said:


We even have this problem on residential occasionally. Last month we emptied the vac 5 or 6 times on a large bungalow. There was so much moss in there it was quite unbelievable, so dread to think what the big box gutters can be like, thankfully i don’t do commercial!


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I've just done one with 6 inch deep box section, a very uneven steel fabricated roof with very sharp edges, steel straps every 2 feet or so that were full of very wet sycamore leaves. Every time the vac went in the volume, and size of leaf, blocked the vac. Only way to do it was off a ladder and a small headed brush. Took us 3 hours but pays £350 

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