Gutter Cleaning ... for Father's Day?
This year, go beyond standard gifts and tackle one of his dreaded but necessary chores: gutter cleaning. No one loves gutter cleaning, even the most dedicated weekend warriors. It's messy, time-consuming, and it's dangerous.
By: Gutter Sense
While the most dangerous part of the job is climbing a ladder, there are other threats, like electric wiring and getting scratched or injured from gutters or the gunk inside them.
This year, make the job easy for Dad with Gutter Sense. It's a lightweight, easy-to-use tool to clean your gutters from the ground, for a faster, safer way to get the job done. (Best of all, at under $30, Gutter Sense is an inexpensive gift.)
Here are some tips for easy first-time gutter cleaning using Gutter Sense.
1. Attach Gutter Sense tool to a pole
Gutter Sense is designed to reach second-story gutters via an extension pole like a broom handle. We recommend a 12- to 20-foot pole with a standard threader (3/4-5), which you can find at a hardware or paint store. Screw the socket of the Gutter Sense tool firmly onto the pole and you're ready to go. Choose a pole long (or short) enough to comfortably reach your gutters.
2. Spread a tarp to catch debris
A plastic sheet or tarp can make it easy to collect leaves, sticks, pine needles, and other debris as you go. Spread it next to you and drag it as you clean the gutters section by section.
3. Get familiar with the tongs
Gutter Sense consists of two tong paddles, a socket, a monofilament paddle line, and a 3/16" pull line you use to open and close the tongs. As you get ready to use the tool, you'll use the wing nut to adjust the angle so that the paddles run flush along the bottom of the gutter. You'll stand far enough from the wall of the house to be clear of fall debris. Wrap the pull-line around your hand so you can pull it while supporting the pole with both hands.
4. Start grabbing
Keeping the pole perpendicular to the gutter, lower the tongs partway into the gutter. Move the tool left or right until the tongs bump into the gutter support. Fully lower the tongs into the debris and pull the cord to gather.
5. Pull out debris—and repeat
Lift the tool out of the gutter while holding the pull line, then release the pull line to drop the debris onto your tarp. That's it!
Give Dad a better, safer way to clean the gutters with Gutter Sense.
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