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Rain Gutter Cleaner

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Every year I have clogged rain gutter and rain gutter drain pipes.  Not wanting to have to go up on a ladder every year to clean them out, I put together a rain gutter cleaner that is to use and costs about $5 to use and allows me to stay on the ground.

All the parts can be found at the local hardware store or if you are like me, at home.


This is what is needed:
1 10' length of 3/4 PVC pipe.
1 3/4" PVC to Garden hose adapter
1 3/4" PVC ball valve
1 3/4" PVC L
1 3/4 to 1/2 L (1/2" side being threaded)
1 6" sprinkler riser, 1/2" in diameter
Can of PVC Glue

Tools:
PVC pipe cutter or hacksaw
 
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Step 1: Cutting up the PVC pipe.

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Cut the PVC into three pieces.  Here are the lengths.  The lengths are not precise.
6 inches
24 inches
6 feet.

The 6 foot length is determined by the height of your house.  When assembled, you will want to be able to comfortably hold the cleaner on the ground and reach the rain gutter.

Step 2: Assembling the cleaner

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Put everything together before you glue to make sure everything is correct.

Connect 6" piece of PVC to the two L connectors.  This creates a U shaped hook that will reach into your raingutter
Connect the sprinkler riser to the threaded L connector
Connect the 6' length of PVC to the L connector.
Connect the valve to the 6' length
Connect the 2' length to the other side of the valve
Connect the garden hose adapter to the end.

If your house is a two story house, you can add another piece of PVC pipe where the 6' length is.  If you  I would put threaded couplers on the long pieces so it can be taken apart and stored and used on lower roofs.

If you have a real high house, you might want to consider using 1" PVC for strength, but that will increase the cost of the cleaner.
bmwitt21 year ago
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CODO691 year ago
I knew I had seen this before. It was nice talking with you last night at Home Depot, I'll keep an eye out for any new projects you come up with.
knorseth (author)  CODO691 year ago
It was nice meeting you. You have some good projects yourself.

KC
Datawolf1 year ago
It's a good idea but you shouldn't avoid the ladder, even if you installed gratings.
knorseth (author)  Datawolf1 year ago
The nice thing is that you don't have to use a ladder. Depending on what kind of covers you have on your grates, you might be able to blast throught them with the water pressure. Reducing the output to a 1/2" pipe gave a lot of pressure.
Hummm maybe my dad might be interested in this.
Thanks for sharing. :)
Ares2521 year ago
Very cool :D
Very nice idea!
PKM1 year ago
Very clever! Though it might get unwieldy if you wanted one long enough for a two-storey house- doesn't the PVC bend at that length?
knorseth (author)  PKM1 year ago
It could, I would consider using 1" PVC or the thicker PVC. Doubling up with a extendable pole like you use for painting could also be used.