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04/27/06

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Spring Maintenance: Gutter Tips


Spring is a good time to examine your gutters and see if they
need to be cleaned. Here are some gutter cleaning tips.

General Tips

- Plan on inspecting your gutters twice a year in the spring and
fall. If your house is under any trees you may have clean gutters
more often.

- A small garden shovel works well for scooping debris out of
gutters.

- Make your own gutter shovel with a 1 liter plastic pop bottle.
Cut off the bottom of the bottle and half of the cylinder to make
a scoop.

- If your gutters sag the water will not flow properly. Remove
all debris and re-attach gutters.

- Use a hose with pressure nozzle to clean out clogged spouts.

- Use a plumber's snake for stubborn clogs.

- Patch leaks with outdoor caulk.

- If you are using an extension ladder place a 2x4 in the gutter
to help prevent it from bending under the pressure of you and the
ladder.

- Remove rust with a wire brush and steel wool. Clean well. Then
apply primer and paint to prevent future rusting.

Safety Tips

- Wear heavy work gloves to prevent slivers and cuts from
gutters.

- Use a sturdy ladder.

- Work with a buddy anytime you work in high places.

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