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CHEESE2009
03-31-2010, 05:38 AM
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What do you guys think???

I wonder if that stuff fades after all the punishment a season could bring. I am pretty curious!

CHEESE2009
03-31-2010, 06:14 AM
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Keeps getting interesting!


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The Cleaning Doctor
03-31-2010, 08:52 PM
Forget it if you have pine straw.

Steve
04-01-2010, 04:22 AM
I have yet to see anything that really works. It seems as if no matter what you stick in the gutters to supposedly keep things from getting in there, things will get in there and get wet and decompose.

Gutters drive me bonkers :D

Maybe tossing an m-80 up into one would make me feel better.

http://www.pyroguide.com/images/thumb/6/6d/M80.jpg/120px-M80.jpg

CHEESE2009
04-02-2010, 02:32 PM
I had a gutter cleaning race today with my neighbor...

He got out his ladder, climbed up with his gloves & a garbage bag...


I waited until he started on the second line of gutters...

I got out my ladder, climbed up with my blower...

Done, took a nap on the roof.

Then I dethatched my lawn again, with a "Dethatching rake", these rakes are AMAZING. The results are so superior to an ordinary rake!!!

Steve
04-03-2010, 04:49 AM
When you blow out all the stuff in the gutter with your blower, does it make much of a mess? If so, what do you do about that?

CHEESE2009
04-03-2010, 11:24 PM
When you blow out all the stuff in the gutter with your blower, does it make much of a mess? If so, what do you do about that?

Often you'll hear a lot of people saying that it is rather messy. It isn't.

Not if the debris has had enough time to dry.

Basically, you take 5 minutes & blow out the gutters, the debris falls off the house - down below.

You climb down & just rake up the mess into a pile, bag it.

If it has fallen into a garden or behind a few plants, it just takes a second to blow it out onto the lawn - then it can be raked & bagged.

It's such a quick process!

Sure, if the gutters are soaked; scoop the debris into a bucket & when the buckets full, empty it into a bag which you would have brought up onto the roof with you.

It takes more time, but usually that's not the case. Heck, you could even charge more & make the job worth it.

As for using a pressure washer/hose to clean gutters.... No.

Not unless you have cleared them first (avoiding a mess). Then pass the pressure washer/hose through the gutters, lightly. It doesn't take much.

Steve
04-04-2010, 06:13 AM
How often do you find that you need to clean out a customer's gutters?

CHEESE2009
04-10-2010, 04:06 PM
How often do you find that you need to clean out a customer's gutters?

Depends on the area of the house & the trees around it. But I'd say once per year, people aren't really interested in having it done twice so it's either during the spring or late into the fall.

There isn't that much money to be made for gutters, but it's extremely profitable. I'd suggest to everyone, including myself, to put gutter cleaning in a package with your lawn maintenance.

The Cleaning Doctor
04-10-2010, 05:33 PM
Ever thought of cleaning the exteriors also. You know getting rid of the black streaks?

CHEESE2009
04-10-2010, 06:59 PM
Ever thought of cleaning the exteriors also. You know getting rid of the black streaks?

It's a part of our service if it makes the difference, though you'd be surprised at how clean they usually are around here. I don't need anything but basic crummy Windex or something... It's the dirt on the inside that's a pain in the arse!

Now that you mention it, I think my gutters are the only ones around with those nasty streaks. I'm going to use 1/6 bleach/water on my gutters, see if it does the job. hahaha!

We do gutter clearing, more than cleaning... though I like to false advertise (just kidding)