PVC Rain Gutter Cleaner

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The rain gutter cleaner described in this ible was wholly inspired by knorseth's ible found here.

Step 1: Nozzle Assembly

Parts:

The following parts are in order of assembly

  • 3/4" PVC cap with a hole drilled through the tip
  • short piece of 3/4" PVC pipe
  • 3/4" 90 degree coupling
  • another short piece of 3/4" PVC pipe
  • 3/4" angled coupling
  • 8' stick of 3/4" PVC pipe.

Step 2: Glue It Altogether

Glue the nozzle assembly together and then glue it to the 8' stick of 3/4" PVC.

Step 3: Completed Nozzle Assembly

Step 4: Valve Assembly

Parts:

The following parts are in order of assembly



• 8' stick of 3/4" PVC pipe with the completed nozzle end
• 3/4" PVC ball valve
• short piece of 3/4" PVC pipe
• 3/4" PVC female slip to female threaded and a hose adapter



Glue the valve assembly together and then glue it to the other end of your 8' stick of 3/4" PVC.

Step 5: Completed Valve Assembly

This completes the project. Now, screw the entire assembly on to a hose.

Step 6: Completed Project

Step 7: Video Demonstration and How-to

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    Gutter cleaning

    2 years ago

    I own a gutter cleaning service. This is ingenious. Its awesome. Im going to try it.

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    lovable legos

    2 years ago

    that is AWESOME. it would also work as a shower.

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    LangleyC

    2 years ago

    Rats! We can't do that in California. There's a drought. I know. Crazy. You can even get fined up to $500 for it.

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    skiwolf9LangleyC

    Reply 2 years ago

    So build one for your shop vac and suck the junk up instead of blowing all the junk all over your yard with water.

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    zchaisLangleyC

    Reply 2 years ago

    What about if you use some flexible hose and attach it to your kitchen tap? In the UK we get 'the hosepipe ban'. Alternatively what about a water butt and attach a water pump? If no water butt, how about filling up the bath and use a water pump? What about a ladder, some gloves, brush, a sponge and a bucket? Ah...

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    ecrouchzchais

    Reply 2 years ago

    Rain collector barrel + pump + pvc rain cutter cleaner?

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    ecrouchLangleyC

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hmmmmmmm......maybe you could use air instead of water. Alter the design so that it could connect to an air compressor....

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    knorseth

    2 years ago

    Nice improvement on my original design.

    Something you might want to try is to have the end of the cleaner by swappable by using a threaded connector at the end.. Then you could swap out the tips for different flow types. When I built mine, I needed a lot of water pressure to clean out my gutters. Also, when cleaning out downspouts, you might need more power as well.

    Another tweak that my neighbor did to the my design was to use PVC lock couplings in the middle and was able to extent his to do a second story house. It was a little shaky, but it did work. This would work on yours as well.

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    ecrouchknorseth

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks! I originally attempted this project with 1/2" PVC. I couldn't control it.

    Now, I'm thinking about making a version that segments from a sturdier width of PVC down to a smaller width. Say, 1 1/4" to a 3/4" so that it's more manageable. I don't know, that might adversely effect the water pressure.

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    knorsethecrouch

    Reply 2 years ago

    I did mine in 3/4" PVC. At one story, it was just fine. On the two story, it was hard to maintain, but it did work. The tip of the cleaner I used a 3/4 to 1/2 threaded L and the tip was a sprinkler head riser. If you did the end as a 3/4" threaded tip, you could try all sorts of attachments and see what works best.

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    patpenguin

    2 years ago

    Great instructable! I would put a quick-connect on the end of it. The quick-connect thingys are a real time saver as well as easy! I don't like "screwing around" when I have yard and home maintenance to do. ;-) Well done.

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    ecrouchpatpenguin

    Reply 2 years ago

    That idea has been mentioned several times now by commentors. It's a great idea! Do you have a link or a picture of what you had in mind?

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    mmullins1

    2 years ago

    pretty cool, my gutters may get cleaned out this year.

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    jmcdonald23

    2 years ago

    If you shortened the whole thing about a foot or two it would be easier to control and not flex as much. Looks like you are having to fight it too much. Also wjat about go8ng with the idea of interchanagable nozzels? A few that have different sized holes drilled in them and a few others that are slotted for a fan spray. Make those by using a dremel with a cutoff wheel to slowly cut into the cap until you get the desired fan spray and pressure. Also might be useful to make a short wand to use to clean your car and use 1/2" pvc for that one.

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    ecrouchjmcdonald23

    Reply 2 years ago

    Good ideas! I like the idea of interchangeable parts, especially. Shortening it a bit would help too. Thanks!

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    rusty2010

    2 years ago

    What size hole do you recommend. Would two or three small holes work well to make a fan shaped spray work better? Nice and affordable project. Thanks.

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    jmcdonald23rusty2010

    Reply 2 years ago

    For a fan you could use a dremel with a cutting wheel and slowly cut a slit in the end. Start small and modify as needed until you get the desired pressure you want.

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    ecrouchrusty2010

    Reply 2 years ago

    You're welcome! I think I used 1/4" or 3/8" for the hole. I wanted a forced jet. The more holes you add the less pressure you'll have.

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    SusanR96

    2 years ago

    Thank you for this easy fix to cleaning gutters. It has always been such a painful task to begin and ends up a job half done. Your idea is a good fix. I have it bookmarked for easy access.