We put cleaning gutters right next to scraping paint on our list of things at the bottom of Home Improvement Hell. So we're always on the look out for anything that makes either of these tasks easier. For paint scraping, we were pretty satisfied with the Wagner Paint Eater, but what about those leaf-filled gutters? Well, a small company called Segal MFG., INC. has created an interesting tool called Gutter Sense that looks like it might take the pain out of the dreaded yearly chore. And if not the pain, at least the ladder-work.
Gutter Sense is simply a clamping device that attaches to any threaded extension pole or broom handle (depending on how much height you need) and has the ability to reach into a gutter and, with the pull of a string, grab all that leafy junk and pull it out. It's that simple. It's designed in such a way that it can reach under the gutter brackets as well.
Gutter Sense has a pivoting head, so it can also be used to get items off of shelves, out of trees, and from other high spots.
It looks like a cool idea to us and it seems to bring things down to a pretty basic level; just reach in the gutter and pull the garbage out. It also takes away the need for ladders, which we like, seeing as we're usually doing a lot of off balance reaching when it comes time to clean the gutters.
The Gutter Sense costs $19.95 (plus $6.95 S&H), and comes with 12' of rope. More will be needed for a second story gutter. Gutter Sense does not come with an extension pole, which can be had at Amazon for anywhere from $10 to $50 depending on your needs.
At Gutter Sense. Check out the video too.
Extension poles at Amazon.com
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 28, 2007 5:00 AM