Instructions
© Segal Mfg., Inc.
The Ultimate Rain Gutter Cleaning Tool Gutter SenseTM U.S. Patent 6,471, 271    Made in USA
Segal Mfg., Inc.
Gutter Sense Specifications Grip Range: Approximately 14 inches Paddle Width: 2-1/2 inches Monofilament: 100 lbs. test, .040 Inch, Copolymer Materials: Socket/Body/Tongs: glass filled impact modified Nylon, black
Unpacking Caution!  Tongs under spring tension.  Remove tong clip while holding tongs shut.  Do not allow tongs to snap open.  Do not damage monofilament line when opening package. Thank you for choosing Gutter SenseTM.  Your tool is warranted against defects for one year and properly cared for should provide many years of service. Operating Instructions Screw socket firmly onto an extension pole of the proper length to reach gutter.  Do not twist body of tool to tighten!  Adjust tong angle with wing nut so paddles run flush along bottom of gutter while standing far enough away from wall to be clear of falling debris.  Wrap pull-line around hand so you can pull it while supporting pole with both hands.  Keep pole perpendicular to gutter. Gutter SenseTM  is designed for gutters with external or internal supports spaced at least 16 inches apart.  Simply partially close tongs before lowering the tool into gutter if you encounter closer spaced supports.  Lower tongs part way into gutter and move tool left or right until outside surface of tong bumps into gutter support.  If inside of tong contacts support, lift tool over it to avoid grasping it and continue to locate support with outside surface of tong.  Now lower tool into debris and pull cord to gather.  Lift tool out of gutter while maintaining tension on rope and release debris where you want it to fall.  Reenter same space, locate opposite support and repeat process, then move on to next space.  If you want to collect debris, spread a plastic sheet on the ground and drag it along as you work.  Residue tends to collect by downspouts during a rain.  Check around downspouts from time to time after a rainfall to keep gutters running free.  Tong may be angled forward to grasp out of reach lightweight objects, but be sure to lift or pull in line with tongs. Care/Cautions Gutter SenseTM  is built light to handle well on a long pole.  Use care not to apply excessive angular force to the tongs that could break your tool.  Avoid dropping it, whipping the pole trying to dislodge trapped debris, forcing the tongs down into hard-packed debris, yanking or twisting during use.  Don't use a single paddle to plow or dig.  Do not use excessive force on pull rope or attempt to pick up heavy objects.  Re-lubricate mono line with a plastic-safe synthetic grease as needed to prevent wear.  Wear safety goggles and be extremely careful when working near electric lines!  Be sure to tighten wing nut after adjusting tong angle.  Store away from small children.  Second story use requires more effort to control a long extension pole.  A longer rope is required than is furnished with the tool.  You can add to the existing rope or replace it using 3/16 inch braided polyester or nylon rope.  Do not use a heavier rope as it can impede the tongs from opening.  This tool is not intended for gutters that are not accessible from the ground. Do not use this tool from a ladder; both hands are required to operate the tool and a long pole could throw the operator off balance. Re-stringing
Use 100 lb. test monofilament (we use Sufix Superior).  Begin by passing mono line through pull rope loop so pull rope is attached.  Next, pass line through upper rear slot, then down  to the first hole you come to in tong.  Pass line through that hole, cross over to the other tong and pass line through lowest hole.  Turn end of line twice into the loop of a simple knot (double overhand knot).  Follow same proceedure with the other end of the line.  Be sure there is enough slack in line to have about an inch loop hanging with the pull rope between the upper slots with the tongs open.  Tighten knots with pliers. Leave about a one inch tail behind knots to prevent pull-through.  Lubricate mono line with a plastic-safe synthetic grease.
FAQs Q) How often should I clean my rain gutters? A) In many cases, rain gutters are left partially or completely clogged during much of the year because it is too much trouble to get up there and clean them more frequently.  With Gutter Sense you clean as often as needed to keep your gutters flowing. This can be many times a season or every other year depending on how many and what type of trees you have and how close they are to your house. Second story gutters usually require less frequent cleaning. Q) I have very old narrow gutters. Will Gutter Sense work with them? A) The paddles on Gutter Sense are 2-1/2" wide. To deal with narrow gutters, some users have taped the tongs closed and ground the front edge of the paddles to make them narrower. This will void any warranty and modified tools can’t be returned. Q) I have a hard time yanking out the debris. The shingles seem to get in the way. A) Excess shingle overhang may curl down into the gutter restricting access.  This can also cause problems dislodging large clumps of debris.  Trim back the excess or try closing the tongs part way before lowering the tool into the debris to take smaller bites.  Then clean more frequently so there will be less debris per bite. Q) Will Gutter Sense work with round bottom gutters? A) Since the paddles of Gutter Sense are straight along the bottom, they will miss some small particles at the very bottom of a round gutter.  The missed residue should not keep your gutters from flowing properly.  When grasping leaves, especially if they are wet, they tend to bunch up and drag out debris even from the bottom of a round gutter. Q) How durable is Gutter Sense? A) Gutter Sense is made of a tough glass-filled nylon, but it is still plastic and can be broken if not handled properly.  The tool was designed to be extremely lightweight to make it easy to handle on a long pole.  Parts are no more massive then is required to do the job.  Read the Care/Cautions section above to avoid mishandling the tool in a way that could cause breakage.  Don’t try and force a large mass of gripped debris out of the gutter when it is caught between the shingle overhang and the gutter edge.  Rather than use force, close the tongs a bit first before entering the gutter and take a smaller bite.  Gutter Sense is designed for the motions of grasping and lifting out debris only. Q) Will Gutter Sense work with any gutter? A) Gutter Sense is basically designed for flat bottomed K gutters (see above for round gutters).  While Gutter Sense works in most gutters and for most debris, there may be some special situation in which it might not perform and that's why we provide a 30 day return policy.  Please try out your new tool when it arrives so you can return it in time if it does not meet your expectations. Q) How long a pole should I use? A) A threaded push broom handle may be all that is needed for a very low single story gutter, but most situations call for a longer pole.  An extension pole should be long enough to extend between waist level and the gutter while standing far enough away from the wall to avoid being showered with debris.  An 18 or 24 ft. pole is needed for a two-story gutter.  Landscape obstacles can also increase the pole length needed. Q) I have a tree pruning sectional pole. Can I use that with Gutter Sense? A) Gutter Sense uses a conventional ¾ x 5 TPI Acme thread as used by most paint rollers.  Most pruning poles have tapered or socket ends that are incompatible.  Some pruning sectional poles are quite heavy and you might find you are better off obtaining a more suitable pole for use with Gutter Sense. Q) Do you recommend a certain pole to use with Gutter Sense? A) Cam-lock extension poles tend to slip or allow the pole sections to twist.  You want a pole that won’t do either.  Get a good quality pole with external collet locks or pushbutton locks.  The largest section should be made of fiberglass for electrical safety. Q) Won’t I still have to get up on a ladder to check and see if the gutter is cleaned out enough? A) No, just cycle the tool in the cleaned gutter.  If nothing much comes out you’ve done the job.  A little leftover debris is not going to hurt anything and usually collects near the downspout after a rain where it can be easily removed with Gutter Sense. Q) I find that sometimes I end up grasping the gutter supports. How can I avoid that? A) It takes a little practice to discern when you are touching a support inside the tongs.  After you clean a couple of times it should become second nature to easily distinguish touching the support outside of the tongs.  If you encounter unusually closely space supports you may have to close the tool partially before you can get between them. Q) Is it better to wait till the leaves are dry before cleaning? A) Gutter Sense will grasp leaves wet or dry, but they clump together better if they are a little wet. Q) I’m a lady who is not all that strong. Does it take a lot of strength to use Gutter Sense? A) The higher your gutter, the longer a pole you need to reach it and the longer the pole, the more weight you are supporting.  The longer the pole the harder it is to control.  Nonetheless many women have reported using Gutter Sense at two stories.  For one-story gutters even a child should be able to handle it.  It only takes a few pounds of force to pull the cord. Q) I’ve cleaned my gutter with Gutter Sense but the water still overflows. A) In all likelyhood you have a clogged downspout.  They often clog where the downspout angles back to the house from under the gutter.  Dounspout return bends should be no sharper than about 45 degrees.  A plumber’s rodding tool shoved up the downspout is one means of unblocking a clogged downspout.  Another is attacking the problem from above with a stiff bent wire taped to your pole.  A garden hose shoved up the downspout might also do the trick also. Q) How long does it take to clean out a gutter with Gutter Sense? A) That will depend on the type and amount of debris, the length and height of the gutter and the mechanical ability of the user and the practice one has with the tool among other factors.  I have 75 feet of gutter, 1-1/2-stories high, use a twelve-foot extension pole, and am practiced with the tool.  I have a lot of trees, pines among them, and it takes me about fifteen to twenty minutes to clean them when fully loaded with Gutter Sense. Q) Can Gutter Sense pick up sticks and packed debris? A) Gutter Sense is effective for removing most sorts of debris, even an errant golf ball, but I have seen conditions where owners have neglected cleaning their gutters with foot high trees growing in them with their roots interlaced with dirt and pine needles creating a kind of cement.  Even Gutter Sense has a limit!  If this is your situation, first loosen debris with a bent heavy wire taped to your pole, then pick out the debris using small bites.  You may encounter a flat stick lying on the bottom of the gutter that is longer then the span of the paddles.  Usually you can grasp an end and lift it out.  If you would like to add bite to the paddles you can easily add teeth to the bottom edge but to do so will cancel the Gutter Sense warranty or return option.  Most people Like the smooth edged paddles because they also pick up roofing gravel and dirt.  If you want a toothed edge, you can close the paddles and tape along the edge to keep them from shifting.  Place the paddles edge up in a vise and mark off along the edge every half inch.  Then using a 1/4 inch rat-tail file, cut into the edges at the marks to about half the diameter of the file. Q) How can I collect debris while using Gutter Sense? A) Try dragging a plastic sheet along the ground as you go. Q) What features Makes Gutter Sense superior to other gutter cleaning tools? A) Gutter Sense weighs about 6 oz. allowing it to be used up to two stories.  It fits ordinary variable length extension poles and rope operation allows the operator to actuate the tool anywhere along its length.  The tongs are angled for easy entry and exit from the gutter and the paddles can oscillate as the rope is pulled so that both paddles run flat on the bottom of the gutter enabling the tool to pick up small debris like pine needles even if the pole is slightly canted.  The shallow paddle design and inverted V angle of the tongs cleans easily under gutter supports.  The monofilament actuating line eliminates the need for levers.  Pull force is directed just above the paddles allowing the tongs to be made thin and light.   A wing nut adjusts for landscape obstacles.  This combination of design features makes this tool exceptionally user friendly and easy to master and far more efficient than vacuum or water devices.  Blowers work well on dry debris, but things get messy if it’s wet and require getting up on a ladder or walking along the roof, either of which is dangerous.  There is also a noise and pollution factor.  Gutter Sense also doubles as an extended reach pickup tool when the tongs are adjusted forward. Q) What is your opinion of gutter covers? A) Gutter screens attempt to filter out the debris and monolithic covers depend on surface tension to channel water into the gutter while, at least in theory, the leaves will be shed off the edge. In the real world, these solutions don’t always work well.  Leaves often flatten out as they become wet and follow the water flow around the lip of a monolithic cover and end up inside the gutter.  Some people with a lot of trees about say they still have to clean their covered or screened gutters twice a year and covers make that very difficult.  In a downpour, water often bypasses surface tension type covers by the sheer force of the flow rendering them ineffective. Some cheap screen installations that depend on remaining convex to operate properly end up becoming useless after a hailstorm.  Some of them blow off and most of them trap unsightly debris in the latticework.  Sometimes leaves end up covering them defeating their purpose, which need to be cleaned off from time to time.  Smaller debris still enters and collects which eventually has to be cleaned out.  Gutter covers can cost thousands of dollars to install.  Personally I find using my Gutter Sense tool so easy and fast, I would never bother with screens or covers. Q) How about extended reach tools you use while up on a ladder? A) The object of extended reach tools is to minimize the repositioning of the ladder.  While the concept would seem to make sense, in the real world, this kind of tool can be a real hazard to use.  You still have to climb a ladder and need a lot of muscle strength to maneuver the tool at any meaningful distance with one hand because of the leverage involved.  If you work the tool with both hands you won’t be holding onto the ladder.  This is very dangerous.   Also, supports get in the way of moving the debris. Q) What is your privacy policy? A) Any names, addresses, etc. given for the purposes of sending our products is kept private.
Instructions
© Segal Mfg., Inc. 2016
The Ultimate Rain Gutter Cleaning Tool Gutter SenseTM
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Segal Mfg., Inc. U.S. Pat. 6,471,271 Made in USA
Unpacking Caution! Tongs under spring tension.  Remove tong clip while holding tongs shut.  Do not allow tongs to snap open.  Do not damage monofilament line when opening package. Thank you for choosing Gutter SenseTM.  Your tool is warranted against defects for one year and properly cared for should provide many years of service. Operating Instructions Screw socket firmly onto an extension pole of the proper length to reach gutter. Do not twist body of tool to tighten!  Adjust tong angle with wing nut so paddles run flush along bottom of gutter while standing far enough away from wall to be clear of falling debris.  Wrap pull-line around hand so you can pull it while supporting pole with both hands.  Keep pole perpendicular to gutter. Gutter SenseTM  is designed for gutters with external or internal supports spaced at least 16 inches apart.  Simply partially close tongs before lowering the tool into gutter if you encounter closer spaced supports.  Lower tongs part way into gutter and move tool left or right until outside surface of tong bumps into gutter support.  If inside of tong contacts support, lift tool over it to avoid grasping it and continue to locate support with outside surface of tong.  Now lower tool into debris and pull cord to gather.  Lift tool out of gutter while maintaining tension on rope and release debris where you want it to fall.  Reenter same space, locate opposite support and repeat process, then move on to next space.  If you want to collect debris, spread a plastic sheet on the ground and drag it along as you work.  Residue tends to collect by downspouts during a rain.  Check around downspouts from time to time after a rainfall to keep gutters running free.  Tong may be angled forward to grasp out of reach lightweight objects, but be sure to lift or pull in line with tongs. Care/Cautions Gutter SenseTM  is built light to handle well on a long pole.  Use care not to apply excessive angular force to the tongs that could break your tool.  Avoid dropping it, whipping the pole trying to dislodge trapped debris, forcing the tongs down into hard-packed debris, yanking or twisting during use.  Don't use a single paddle to plow or dig. Do not use excessive force on pull rope or attempt to pick up heavy objects.  Re-lubricate mono line with a plastic-safe synthetic grease as needed to prevent wear.  Wear safety goggles and be extremely careful when working near electric lines!  Be sure to tighten wing nut after adjusting tong angle.  Store away from small children.  Second story use requires more effort to control a long extension pole.  A longer rope is required than is furnished with the tool.  You can add to the existing rope or replace it using 3/16 inch braided polyester or nylon rope.  Do not use a heavier rope as it can impede the tongs from opening.  This tool is not intended for gutters that are not accessible from the ground.  Do not use this tool from a ladder; both hands are required to operate the tool and a long pole could throw the operator off balance. Re-stringing
Use 100 lb. test monofilament (we use Sufix Superior).  Begin by passing mono line through pull rope loop so pull rope is attached.  Next, pass line through upper rear slot, then down  to the first hole you come to in tong.  Pass line through that hole, cross over to the other tong and pass line through lowest hole.  Turn end of line twice into the loop of a simple knot (double overhand knot).  Follow same proceedure with the other end of the line.  Be sure there is enough slack in line to have about an inch loop hanging with the pull rope between the upper slots with the tongs open.  Tighten knots with pliers.  Leave about a one inch tail behind knots to prevent pull-through.  Lubricate mono line with a plastic-safe synthetic grease. FAQs Q) How often should I clean my rain gutters? Q) I have very old narrow gutters. Will Gutter Sense work with them? Q) I have a hard time yanking out the debris. The shingles seem to get in the way. Q) Will Gutter Sense work with round bottom gutters? Q) How durable is Gutter Sense? Q) Will Gutter Sense work with any gutter? Q) How long a pole should I use? Q) I have a tree pruning sectional pole. Can I use that with Gutter Sense? Q) Do you recommend a certain pole to use with Gutter Sense? Q) Won’t I still have to get up on a ladder to check and see if the gutter is cleaned out enough? Q) I find that sometimes I end up grasping the gutter supports. How can I avoid that? Q) Is it better to wait till the leaves are dry before cleaning? Q) I’m a lady who is not all that strong. Does it take a lot of strength to use Gutter Sense? Q) I’ve cleaned my gutter with Gutter Sense but the water still overflows. Q) How long does it take to clean out a gutter with Gutter Sense? Q) Can Gutter Sense pick up sticks and packed debris? Q) How can I collect debris while using Gutter Sense? Q) What features Makes Gutter Sense superior to other gutter cleaning tools? Q) What is your opinion of gutter covers? Q) How about extended reach tools you use while up on a ladder? Q) What is your privacy policy?
Gutter Sense Specifications Grip Range: Approximately 14 inches Paddle Width: 2-1/2 inches Monofilament: 100 lbs. test, .040 Inch, Copolymer Materials: Socket/Body/Tongs: glass filled impact modified Nylon, black
Instructions
© Segal Mfg., Inc.
The Ultimate Rain Gutter Cleaning Tool Gutter SenseTM     U.S. Patent 6,471, 271               Made in USA
Segal Mfg., Inc.
                Weight: Approximately 6 oz.                 Spring: Galvanized music wire                 Socket Thread: 3/4" x 5 TPI Acme
Gutter Sense Specifications Grip Range: Approximately 14 inches Paddle Width: 2-1/2 inches Monofilament: 100 lbs. test, .040 Inch, Copolymer Materials: Socket/Body/Tongs: glass filled impact modified Nylon, black
Unpacking Caution! Tongs under spring tension. Remove tong clip while holding tongs shut.  Do not allow tongs to snap open. Do not damage monofilament line when opening package. Thank you for choosing Gutter SenseTM. Your tool is warranted against defects for one year and properly cared for should provide many years of service. Operating Instructions Screw socket firmly onto an extension pole of the proper length to reach gutter.  Do not twist body of tool to tighten!  Adjust tong angle with wing nut so paddles run flush along bottom of gutter while standing far enough away from wall to be clear of falling debris.  Wrap pull-line around hand so you can pull it while supporting pole with both hands.  Keep pole perpendicular to gutter. Gutter SenseTM  is designed for gutters with external or internal supports spaced at least 16 inches apart.  Simply partially close tongs before lowering the tool into gutter if you encounter closer spaced supports.  Lower tongs part way into gutter and move tool left or right until outside surface of tong bumps into gutter support.  If inside of tong contacts support, lift tool over it to avoid grasping it and continue to locate support with outside surface of tong.  Now lower tool into debris and pull cord to gather.  Lift tool out of gutter while maintaining tension on rope and release debris where you want it to fall.  Reenter same space, locate opposite support and repeat process, then move on to next space.  If you want to collect debris, spread a plastic sheet on the ground and drag it along as you work.  Residue tends to collect by downspouts during a rain.  Check around downspouts from time to time after a rainfall to keep gutters running free.  Tong may be angled forward to grasp out of reach lightweight objects, but be sure to lift or pull in line with tongs. Care/Cautions Gutter SenseTM  is built light to handle well on a long pole.  Use care not to apply excessive angular force to the tongs that could break your tool.  Pull or lift only in-line with the tongs.  Avoid dropping it, whipping the pole trying to dislodge trapped debris, forcing the tongs down into hard-packed debris, yanking or twisting during use.  Don't use a single paddle to plow or dig.  Do not use excessive force on pull rope or attempt to pick up heavy objects.  Re-lubricate mono line with a plastic-safe synthetic grease as needed to prevent wear.  Wear safety goggles and be extremely careful when working near electric lines!  Be sure to tighten wing nut after adjusting tong angle.  Store away from small children. Second story use requires more effort to control a long extension pole.  A longer rope is required than is furnished with the tool.  You can add to the existing rope or replace it using 3/16 inch braided polyester or nylon rope.  Do not use a heavier rope as it can impede the tongs from opening.  This tool is not intended for gutters that are not accessible from the ground.  Do not use this tool from a ladder; both hands are required to operate the tool and a long pole could throw the operator off balance.
Re-stringing Use 100 lb. test monofilament (we use Sufix Superior).  Begin by passing mono line through pull rope loop so pull rope is attached.  Next, pass line through upper rear slot, then down  to the first hole you come to in tong.  Pass line through that hole, cross over to the other tong and pass line through lowest hole.  Turn end of line twice into the loop of a simple knot (double overhand knot). Follow same proceedure with the other end of the line.  Be sure there is enough slack in line to have about an inch loop hanging with the pull rope between the upper slots with the tongs open.  Tighten knots with pliers.  Leave about a one inch tail behind knots to prevent pull-through.  Lubricate mono line with a plastic- safe synthetic grease.
FAQs Q) How often should I clean my rain gutters? A) In many cases, homeowner’s gutters are partially or completely clogged during much of the year because it is too much trouble to get up there and clean them more frequently.  With Gutter Sense you clean as often as needed to keep your gutters flowing.  This can be many times a season or every other year depending on how many and what type of trees you have and how close they are to your house.  Second story gutters usually require only infrequent cleaning. Q) I have very old narrow gutters. Will Gutter Sense work with them? A) The paddles on Gutter Sense are 2-1/2" wide. To deal with narrow gutters, some users have taped the tongs closed and ground the front edge of the paddles to make them narrower.  This will void any warranty and modified tools can’t be returned. Q) I have a hard time yanking out the debris. The shingles seem to get in the way. A) Excess shingle overhang may curl down into the gutter restricting access.  They can also cause problems dislodging large clumps of debris.  Trim back the excess or try closing the tongs part way before lowering the tool into the debris to take smaller bites.  Then clean more frequently so there will be less debris per bite. Q) Will Gutter Sense work with round bottom gutters? A) Since the paddles of Gutter Sense are straight along the bottom, they will miss some small particles at the very bottom of a round gutter.  The missed residue should not keep your gutters from flowing properly.  When grasping leaves, especially if they are wet, they tend to bunch up and drag out debris even from the bottom of a round gutter. Q) How durable is Gutter Sense? A) Gutter Sense is made of a tough glass-filled nylon, but it is still plastic and can be broken if not handled properly.  The tool was designed to be extremely lightweight to make it easy to handle on a long pole. Parts are no more massive then is required to do the job.  Read the Care/Cautions section above to avoid mishandling the tool in a way that could cause breakage.  Don’t try and force a large mass of gripped debris out of the gutter when it is caught between the shingle overhang and the gutter edge.  Rather than use force, close the tongs a bit first before entering the gutter and take a smaller bite.  Gutter Sense is designed for the motions of grasping and lifting out debris only. Q) Will Gutter Sense work with any gutter? A) Gutter Sense is basically designed for flat bottomed K gutters (see above for round gutters).  While Gutter Sense works in most gutters and for most debris, there may be some special situation in which it might not perform and that's why we provide a 30 day return policy.  Please try out your new tool when it arrives so you can return it in time if it does not meet your expectations. Q) How long a pole should I use? A) A threaded push broom handle may be all that is needed for a very low single story gutter, but most situations call for a longer pole.  An extension pole should be long enough to extend between waist level and the gutter while standing far enough away from the wall to avoid being showered with debris.  An 18 or 24 ft. pole is needed for a two-story gutter.  Landscape obstacles can also increase the pole length needed. Q) I have a tree pruning sectional pole. Can I use that with Gutter Sense? A) Gutter Sense uses a conventional ¾ x 5 TPI Acme thread as used by most paint rollers.  Most pruning poles have tapered or socket ends that are incompatible.  Some pruning sectional poles are quite heavy and you might find you are better off obtaining a more suitable pole for use with Gutter Sense. Q) Do you recommend a certain pole to use with Gutter Sense? A) Cam-lock extension poles tend to slip or allow the pole sections to twist.  You want a pole that won’t do either.  Get a good quality pole with external collet locks or pushbutton locks.  The largest section should be made of fiberglass for electrical safety. Q) Won’t I still have to get up on a ladder to check and see if the gutter is cleaned out enough? A) No, just cycle the tool in the cleaned gutter.  If nothing much comes out you’ve done the job.  A little leftover debris is not going to hurt anything and usually collects near the downspout after a rain where it can be easily removed with Gutter Sense. Q) I find that sometimes I end up grasping the gutter supports. How can I avoid that? A) It takes a little practice to discern when you are touching a support inside the tongs.   After you clean a couple of times it should become second nature to easily distinguish touching the support outside of the tongs.  If you encounter unusually closely space supports you may have to close the tool partially before you can get between them. Q) Is it better to wait till the leaves are dry before cleaning? A) Gutter Sense will grasp leaves wet or dry, but they clump together better if they are a little wet. Q) I’m a lady who is not all that strong. Does it take a lot of strength to use Gutter Sense? A) The higher your gutter, the longer a pole you need to reach it and the longer the pole, the more weight you are supporting.  The longer the pole the harder it is to control.  Nonetheless many women have reported using Gutter Sense at two stories.  For one-story gutters even a child should be able to handle it.  It only takes a few pounds of force to pull the cord. Q) I’ve cleaned my gutter with Gutter Sense but the water still overflows. A) In all likelyhood you have a clogged downspout.  They often clog where the downspout angles back to the house from under the gutter. Dounspout return bends should be no sharper than about 45 degrees. A plumber’s rodding tool shoved up the downspout is one means of unblocking a clogged downspout. Another is attacking the problem from above with a stiff bent wire taped to your pole.  A garden hose shoved up the downspout might also do the trick also. Q) How long does it take to clean out a gutter with Gutter Sense? A) That will depend on the type and amount of debris, the length and height of the gutter and the mechanical ability of the user and the practice one has with the tool among other factors. I have 75 feet of gutter, 1-1/2-stories high, use a twelve- foot extension pole, and am practiced with the tool.  I have a lot of trees, pines among them, and it takes me about fifteen to twenty minutes to clean them when fully loaded with Gutter Sense. Q) Can Gutter Sense pick up sticks and packed debris? A) Gutter Sense is effective for removing most sorts of debris, even an errant golf ball, but I have seen conditions where owners have neglected cleaning their gutters with foot high trees growing in them with their roots interlaced with dirt and pine needles creating a kind of cement.  Even Gutter Sense has a limit!  If this is your situation, first loosen debris with a bent heavy wire taped to your pole, then pick out the debris using small bites.  You may encounter a flat stick lying on the bottom of the gutter that is longer then the span of the paddles.  Usually you can grasp an end and lift it out.  If you would like to add bite to the paddles you can easily add teeth to the bottom edge but to do so will cancel the Gutter Sense warranty or return option.  Most people Like the smooth edged paddles because they also pick up roofing gravel and dirt.  If you want a toothed edge, you can close the paddles and tape along the edge to keep them from shifting.  Place the paddles edge up in a vise and mark off along the edge every half inch.  Then using a 1/4 inch rat-tail file, cut into the edges at the marks to about half the diameter of the file. Q) How can I collect debris while using Gutter Sense? A) Try dragging a plastic sheet along the ground as you go. Q) What features Makes Gutter Sense superior to other gutter cleaning tools? A) Gutter Sense weighs about 6 oz. allowing it to be used up to two stories.  It fits ordinary variable length extension poles and rope operation allows the operator to actuate the tool anywhere along its length.  The tongs are angled for easy entry and exit from the gutter and can oscillate as the rope is pulled so that both paddles run flat on the bottom of the gutter enabling the tool to pick up small debris like pine needles even if the pole is slightly canted.  The shallow paddle design and inverted V angle of the tongs cleans easily under gutter supports.  The monofilament actuating line eliminates the need for levers.  Pull force is directed just above the paddles allowing the tongs to be made thin and light.   A wing nut adjusts for landscape obstacles.  This combination of design features makes this tool exceptionally user friendly and easy to master and far more efficient than vacuum or water devices.  Blowers work well on dry debris, but things get messy if it’s wet and require getting up on a ladder or walking along the roof, either of which is dangerous.  There is also a noise and pollution factor.  Gutter Sense also doubles as an extended reach pickup tool when the tongs are adjusted forward. Q) What is your opinion of gutter covers? A) Gutter screens attempt to filter out the debris and monolithic covers depend on surface tension to channel water into the gutter while, at least in theory, the leaves will be shed off the edge.  In the real world, these solutions don’t always work well.  Leaves often flatten out as they become wet and follow the water flow around the lip of a monolithic cover and end up inside the gutter.  Some people with a lot of trees about say they still have to clean their covered or screened gutters twice a year and covers make that very difficult.  In a downpour, water often bypasses surface tension type covers by the sheer force of the flow rendering them ineffective.  Some cheap screen installations that depend on remaining convex to operate properly end up becoming useless after a hailstorm.  Some of them blow off and most of them trap unsightly debris in the latticework.  Sometimes leaves end up covering them defeating their purpose, which need to be cleaned off from time to time.  Smaller debris still enters and collects which eventually has to be cleaned out.  Gutter covers can cost thousands of dollars to install.  Personally I find using my Gutter Sense tool so easy and fast, I would never bother with screens or covers. Q) How about extended reach tools you use while up on a ladder? A) The object of extended reach tools is to minimize the repositioning of the ladder.  While the concept would seem to make sense, in the real world, this kind of tool can be a real hazard to use.  You still have to climb a ladder and need a lot of muscle strength to maneuver the tool at any meaningful distance with one hand because of the leverage involved.  If you work the tool with both hands you won’t be holding onto the ladder.  This is very dangerous.  Also, supports get in the way of moving the debris. Q) What is your privacy policy? A) Any names addresses etc. given for the purposes of sending our products is kept private.