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Attach to a pole.
Screw socket firmly onto an extension pole of the proper length to reach your gutters. Do not twist body of tool to tighten. We recommend a 12-20’ pole, which can be found at a hardware or paint store.
Adjust tong angle.
Use wing nut to adjust angle so paddles run flush along the bottom of the gutter while you stand far enough away from the wall to be clear from falling debris. Wrap the pull-line around your hand so you can pull it while supporting the pole with both hands. Keep pole perpendicular to gutter.
Lower tongs partway into gutter and move the tool to the left or right until the outside surface of the tongs bumps into the gutter support. Fully lower tongs into debris and pull the cord to gather.
Lift tool out of gutter while maintaining tension on the rope and release debris. Lower tongs again, locate opposite support, and repeat the process as needed. Collect debris as you go by spreading a plastic sheet on the ground and dragging it with you.
How often should I clean my rain gutters?
I have very old narrow gutters. Will Gutter Sense work with them?
I have a hard time yanking out the debris. The shingles seem to get in the way.
Will Gutter Sense work with round bottom gutters?
How durable is Gutter Sense?
Will Gutter Sense work with any gutter?
How long a pole should I use?
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.
I have a tree pruning sectional pole. Can I use that with Gutter Sense?
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.
Do you recommend a certain pole to use with Gutter Sense?
Won’t I still have to get up on a ladder to check and see if the gutter is cleaned out enough?
I find that sometimes I end up grasping the gutter supports. How can I avoid that?
Is it better to wait till the leaves are dry before cleaning?
I’m a lady who is not all that strong. Does it take a lot of strength to use Gutter Sense?
I’ve cleaned my gutter with Gutter Sense but the water still overflows.
How long does it take to clean out a gutter with Gutter Sense?
Can Gutter Sense pick up sticks and packed debris?
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.
What features Makes Gutter Sense superior to other gutter cleaning tools?
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.
How about extended reach tools you use while up on a ladder?
How do I re-string Gutter Sense?
Use 100 lb. test monofilament. 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 the tong. Pass line through that hole, cross over to the other tong and pass line through the lowest hole. Turn end of the line twice into the loop of a simple knot (double overhand knot). Follow same procedure 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 the grease provided.