I have a tall house with a very steeply pitched roof. This means cleaning the rain gutters can be a bit dicey. In order to avoid plummeting to my death or spending lots of money on tall ladders and/or scaffolding I came up with this solution. I decided to turn my pole saw into a gutter rake. For those of you unfamiliar with a pole saw it is a wonderful invention for trimming trees from the ground. It has a pruning lopper and a pruning saw blade on an extendable pole. The model I have starts out about six feet long and maxes out at approximately twelve. It is this telescoping ability that makes it the perfect base for a gutter rake. You can extend this bad boy to rake gutters that are well out beyond your reach, while you maintain firm footing.
The best part of this conversion is it isn't permanent. The rake head and saw blade are readily interchangable.
A note about safety: I know some pedantic wanker will raise this but I figured I would beat him to the punch: be careful! Don't let the pole saw or any other implement touch over-head lines. Also when working on a roof be aware of your surroundings. Most of us are used to working in environments where you won't fall to your death. Don't become so focused on raking you fuck-up and die. Think and look before you step!!!