Homemade Gutter Cleaner

One of the periodic chores I really do not relish doing is to clear gutters of leaves and sticks in the fall. Blowing the leaves out on top of the roof made a big mess and cost me more time that I felt was needed. There had to be a better way. And I found it.

This year, I decided to stop risking life and limb on the roof and to use a shop vac and a gutter clearing device to attach to the extension for the shop vac. Trouble was, when I made my trek to the hardware store, I found the shop vac, but the gutter cleaner was an online order. What to do? Improvise of course.

So, I visited the plumbing aisle and picked up the following components:
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Step 1: Step 1: Materials

Picture of Step 1: Materials
For my 16 gallon shop vac, I found the following components in the plumbing aisle:
  1. A length of two inch ABS pipe.
  2. Two inch sink trap to form the 180 degree bend for the gutter.
  3. A 2 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inch rubber reducer
  4. Extra extension for the shop vac to provide the necessary extension length to reach the roof from ground level
The 2 1/2 inch reducer has a pipe clamp that easily attaches to the extension.
atlantica7 months ago
If you used clear pipe, maybe you could "see" if it was doing anything or not.
rosewood5138 months ago
Excellent I tried to do one like this but did not have the right pieces now I will try again.
Thank you this is really very good, I just wish you had taken better pics of the reducer etc.
randomray8 months ago
This is a good idea , except for getting things stuck in it . What I find that works better is to use a leaf blower with the same set up and to blow the leaves out of the gutters .Then pick them up on the ground with the rest of your leaves . If you don't have a leaf blower just switch your hose to the discharge on your vacuum. You'll get your gutter cleaning down to under a half hour. Good luck.
jalmada (author)  randomray8 months ago
I did that. I hated the mess. It took an entire afternoon to clean up the mess and it was a huge hassle to clear all the debris from around the house, including the central air/heat unit. In my case, the sheer amount of leaves dictated that the vacuum was the superior solution for my needs. 90 minutes sure beats five hours.