Let’s face it, when it comes down to it, nobody gets excited about having to dig out the ladder from a pile of junk in the garage, climb up on the roof while precariously balancing on slippery shingles to put their hands in the gutters and scoop out a year’s worth of gunk and debris. It is a lot of hard work and it is a dirty job.
That’s why coming across this article from Popular Mechanics on how to build your own high pressure gutter wand was such a God-send! While we can’t promise that you won’t still get a little dirty, this easy little project will save you hours of back-breaking and potentially dangerous work for years to come. Once it’s finished, all you have to do is put the wand in position inside your gutter and hose it down!
Here are the materials you will need:
- 1/2 inch x 9ft PVC pipe
- 2- 1/2 inch x 6 inch PVC pipes
- 2- 90 degree elbow PVC joints
- PVC pipe cement
- Solid endcap
- PVC Threaded hose adapter
- Drill with 1/8 inch drill bit
First, you will attach all 3 PVC pipes by using the elbow joints as the connector pieces between each pipe with PVC cement creating a “J” hook. It should be assembled like this, 6″ PVC connected to elbow, add the other 6″ PVC, add the other elbow, add the 9ft PVC pipe. Then you will glue the solid end cap on the short end of the “J” hook. Take the drill with the 1/8 inch drill b it attached and make 3 holes through the end cap. Glue the threaded hose attachment onto the long end of the “J” hook. Allow all of the PVC cement to dry as directed on the bottle.
When the pipes and cement have set and cured, attach the wand to your hose, place the hook into the gutter, and the high pressure spray should wash away all debris as you walk around the house.
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Chris Sutton Realtor & Auctioneer
Reliant Realty & Reliant Realty Auction Division
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