Intro: Leaf Vacuum Extension Using a Leaf Blower
Problem: I have gutters that are on the roof of a two story house and even with a ladder, maneuvering to them to clean out leaves is precarious. Here I present my solution. I've taken my leaf blower/vacuum and grafted on a flexible "gutter extender." In all this extends the reach of the vacuum to 7 feet. I have attached a broom handle to the end to help maneuver the top and I put a 90 degree bend to help position the vacuum into the gutter. The materials are wide enough that leaves don't clog it. The total cost for new materials was $15.90. 12.49 for the Flex-A-Spout Downspout and 4.39 for the 90 degree bend. Here's how it's made.
Step 1: Attach the Flex-A-Spout Into the End of the Leaf Vaccum
I cut the square end off the vacuum and then drilled a hole to fit a bolt going outwards. I put washers inside and outside and fixed it with a nut. I wrapped some weatherstripping around the Flex-A-Spout to make a tight seal. I drilled a hole in the leaf vacuum and then fixed it all together. There is enough play to get the bolt to go in easily. Then I wrapped three layers of duct tape to make sure it is a solid connection. When I don't need the extension, I just remove the duct tape and unscrew the bolt.
Step 2: Attach the 90 Degree Bend and the Control Stick
The 90 degree bend goes in the end of the extender. Then I used a wire hanger to fasten to the end of the spout. I then stapled the hanger to a broom handle and put duct tape around that to increase the strength.
Step 3: Drank a Beer
It's thirsty work. This step is optional.
Step 4: The Grunambuloover in Action
This is a picture of the unit cleaning out a low level gutter. The real beauty is when you are cleaning out the upper stories. I find that i can still use the unit to pick up leaves on the ground too and in some ways, having the extension makes that job easier. But I can take the extension off in about a minute if need be.