Picture of 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.
Gutterclean7 months ago

Simple and powerful. I like it.

shootr8 months ago

I searched GoPro and this popped up - must be good karma because my second story gutter is full of debris and I couldn't figure out a way to safely reach it to clean it - until now!

You're today's hero!

atlantica1 year ago
If you used clear pipe, maybe you could "see" if it was doing anything or not.
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.
randomray1 year 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)  randomray1 year 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.