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Old 08-03-2017, 11:40 AM   #1
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Has anyone found any self cleaning gutters? Gutter guards are more trouble than solution in most cases. What makes more sense is a gutter that can be dumped periodically, either automatically on a timer or manually. Anybody have any ideas about a product like this?

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Old 08-03-2017, 03:01 PM   #2
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Interesting idea, maybe a gutter bot, little robot scurrying along the gutter?

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It's been tried already I seen it on YouTube I forget the name. Just another gimmick


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As a painter, I clean out a LOT of gutters in the course of a year. I would be "all in" on some sort of invention to make it easier. I know one thing, the gutter helmets are not the answer. I've cleaned out so many BIRD's Nests (sparrows mostly) from gutters with the helmet on. It's a royal paint to disassemble the helmet without damaging it, get the nest out, and then reassemble it all. The gutter screens aren't too bad because they come off easily and are put back on easily. They just don't keep out all the debris. The sponges get degraded by the UV rays from the sun.........there has to be an answer out there somewhere.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:29 PM   #5
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It's been tried already I seen it on YouTube I forget the name. Just another gimmick


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But that's not to say that someone will never come up with a practical one. This is the age we're coming into, micro electronics, motors, AI, all blending together and creating so many new fields, had the radio on and the discussion was on the demand for higher minimum wages and how that is the force accelerator behind robotics taking over the fast food industry.

Just because the self cleaning gutters have been a fiasco up to now doesn't mean that will continue into the future and thinking on it what a potential gold mine! Millions of clogged gutters, PITA and can be dangerous to deal with; a fortune awaits the inventor(s) who can come up with a practical way to automatically clean 'em.
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^^^^ Yup.

It will probably have to be incorporated into a special gutter system that includes the clean-out mechanism.
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One of my customers went with over-sized downspouts. That seems to make a difference - all (or most) of the debris gets swept out in a heavy rainstorm.
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One of my customers went with over-sized downspouts. That seems to make a difference - all (or most) of the debris gets swept out in a heavy rainstorm.
I did that on our house. It's a huge improvement, but they still need cleaning. Spouts on both sides is great, too (with proper slope).
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Unfortunately there is no foolproof answer. I do sell a product that strikes a balance between keeping out major stuff like maple helicopters and leaves and not breaking the bank.
But I also inform customers that a pine needle will defeat most anything out there and there will probably never be a 100% solution.
I've removed hundreds of yards of the sponge stuff from existing gutters. As Gumshoe notes, they degrade. They're also porous and the pores become plugged over time, making them a dam.
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I know a guy(online) who installs half-round gutters. He claims the debris washes out of them much easier. Any truth to this?
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I know a guy(online) who installs half-round gutters. He claims the debris washes out of them much easier. Any truth to this?


Chit blows out easier for sure but depending on tree and leaf situation will still have to unclog the downspout on a regular basis. Top view of job we just did.


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