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After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.

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Three Options For Cleaning Your Gutters

by Jonathan Lucas

Cleaning your gutters is a messy albeit necessary chore. Junk that builds up in your gutters can create dams that trap water in your gutters. This creates breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other annoying insects. Furthermore, gutters that do not drain properly can leave your home susceptible to ice dams. Thus, you need an effective way to clean your gutters. 

Bucket and Trowel

To clean your gutters, you really do not need specialized equipment. As long as you have a ladder long enough to access your gutters, you can climb up to your gutters and scoop debris out with a trowel. Rather than dumping the goop you scoop on the ground, you should use a bucket. While this approach can work, there are obvious risks with this approach. Your ladder could slip, and when you are trying to deposit debris in your bucket, you can put yourself in a precarious situation.

Cleaning Wands

Those looking for ways to clean their gutters while keeping their feet firmly on the ground might be interested in cleaning wands. Some cleaning wands will attach to your hose and will allow you to guide a jet of water into your gutters. These wands can be effective, but they tend to be messy. You might also look into wands that use a system of pulleys to close a claw around the debris in your gutters. These can be cleaner than the water jet version, but removing debris and depositing it in a bucket with a wand can be time consuming. 

Cleaning Robots

If you have the money to spend and want an option that frees you from the need to participate in cleaning your gutters, you might look for automated drain cleaners. These "robots" will use an auger or some other device to thoroughly clean your gutters. Such automated devices tend to be expensive and simply force debris out of your gutters, so they tend to be messy. Thus, when you use a robot you don't avoid the need to clean debris off the ground. 

If you have gutters, you can reduce the need to clean your gutters by planting trees away from your house and cutting back any limbs that do grow up over house. On the other hand, you will probably never eliminate the need to clean your gutters. Thus, you should carefully assess your situation and choose the gutter cleaning option that best fits your needs.

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