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Starting a lawn care business.

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Is there a proper process to cleaning gutters or is it a mater of just digging crap out of them? Is there a walk through or something that someone can give me to streamline the process like "start here and end here"?
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Also how do you bid jobs like that? Is it a flat rate per house or hourly?
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There has been much discussion on this topic and it seems like everyone has different views on the best way to perform this task.

I think the messiest way and the quickest may be power washing the gutters clean, but all that content has got to go somewhere once it is blasted out and usually that means onto the ground below which will cause you more problems.

Digging it out manually and emptying it into a bucket may be slower but more efficient in the long run.

As far as the estimation process. I think the consensus has been about $1.00 per linear foot. More if the roof is high and difficult to work with.
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Here's an interesting idea on cleaning gutters

http://www.gutterclutterbuster.com/i...FYHc4AodrjwfIQ

Also a home made tool

http://www.ehow.com/how_6860008_make...f-vacuumn.html

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http://www.homeimprovementsdepot.com...eaning-vacuum/
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That is really cool! The Gutter Clutter Buster.

Have you experimented with anything like that yet?
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Not yet but I may try that next fall.
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If you do, I'd love to hear how it worked.

That kind of device has the potential to really be a time saver and elimate the threat of falls.
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This is what I do:

I get a 5 Gallon Bucket and my trashcan with a bag in it. Next i set my ladder up on the house and take my bucket and another tool. I call it my arm extender because that's pretty much what it does. Its really an extendable cultivator/hoe tool you can buy at lowes for like $15. It is well worth it.I start by picking out the debris right below the ladder and right beside the ladder. I next take my Arm extender and take one section between the Gutter Supports at a time. I keep going and reach as far as i can. I can usually reach about 6 or 7 sections without moving my ladder. Once you start playing with it you find ways to move the leaves under the supports and farther down. It is tricky at first but you'll figure it out. After i get all that out i will dump the bucket. I'll do a hole side then grab the blower and blow whats left out. It works well though its not the fastest its in my opinion the best looking and gets it really clean.

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http://www.truevalue.com/product/Ext...ator/26736.uts
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This is what I do:

I get a 5 Gallon Bucket and my trashcan with a bag in it. Next i set my ladder up on the house and take my bucket and another tool. I call it my arm extender because that's pretty much what it does. Its really an extendable cultivator/hoe tool you can buy at lowes for like $15. It is well worth it.I start by picking out the debris right below the ladder and right beside the ladder. I next take my Arm extender and take one section between the Gutter Supports at a time. I keep going and reach as far as i can. I can usually reach about 6 or 7 sections without moving my ladder. Once you start playing with it you find ways to move the leaves under the supports and farther down. It is tricky at first but you'll figure it out. After i get all that out i will dump the bucket. I'll do a hole side then grab the blower and blow whats left out. It works well though its not the fastest its in my opinion the best looking and gets it really clean.

This is the tool i use:

http://www.truevalue.com/product/Ext...ator/26736.uts
Would it be easier to just use the ladder to climb on the roof so you dont have to worry about moving it. I know when I hose out my gutters on my house I just grab my hose and jump on the roof and do it all from up there.
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It may be i never tried it. I only get ont he roof when i have to. I don't like the steepness of some of our roofs around here.
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