Cleaning Gutters – Good To Do It Together

Gene and Katie Hamilton

Gene and Katie Hamilton

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Cleaning gutters has always been a dreaded chore of homeownership but well worth the effort. Twice a year in the Spring and Fall we’d spend a Saturday morning maintaining the gutters and downspouts. One of us would scale the ladder with bucket in tow wearing rubber gloves while the other stood at the base of the ladder securing it and ready to load a garbage bag with the debris sent down in the bucket. The system worked as efficiently as it could, but it was never a pleasant experience digging into the mucky wet leaves and dirt that accumulated and scooping the mess into the bucket. We developed our routine after several ill-fated attempts to get it done quicker by working together. It seemed we spent more time climbing up and down the ladder to empty the bucket so we attacked the job as a team.

The system worked well especially on our one-story house because the climb and decline were not a great distance. We’d use a garden hose to flush out the cleaned gutters and check for any leaks. It was always a good feeling when it was over.

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Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.
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