Using a pressure washer to clean gutters?

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Using a pressure washer to clean gutters?

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I am tired of spending $80-90 twice a year to get my gutters cleaned. I can get the back elevation from either my Little Giant ladder or by climbing on the low-slope addition, so that is no problem. I clear those with my leaf blower

The front elevation, thats another story. I can get a ladder in the bushes and get the lower gutter with some effort, again using the leaf blower.

The upper dormer in the front is the bigger issue. I have an extension ladder, but I am just not comfortable on it. As I bought it used, I dont know how old it is, and I just dont have confidence in it. So I am wondering, now that I have a shiny new 3000PSI pressure washer, if the telescoping wand and gutter attachments are actually useful--or just something to spend money on.

How do others handle cleaning dormer gutters--maybe I hadnt thought of a way to do it? Maybe I'll try hauling a step ladder on the low-slope roof and lean it up the 'normal' slope roof to reach the dormer from the back?


Please forgive the winter picture, I dont have a better one handy. You can see the lower gutter and the dormer in this front pic:

 
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Step farther back and make a photo of the entire house so we do not have to guess at what you are seeing. Post the photo.

Do you want to clean the outside of the gutters or the inside?
 
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I'm assuming the inside of the gutter since the reference to a leaf blower. They sell a U shaped attachment for pressure washer to clean gutters although I've never used it. An older friend of mine made one out of PVC to use with a garden hose when he became to old to get on a ladder to clean his gutters. It worked well for him.
 
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Ill try to get a better pic later. Basically, on the right side is my double-dormer. Roof is flat on it, but 'normal' pitch behind it. I have a single dormer on the back (in middle of the house) and a low-slope addition back there

Yes. I want to clean the inside of the gutter. I am guessing its about 25' up there. So, I think, with a 25' telescoping wand, I *should* be able to reach it. At worst, I would have to use a step ladder

Just wondering if these attachments are gimmicky or actually useful. They will run me 50% the cost of the pressure washer!
 
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I'm not fond of the extension wands, the longer they get the harder they are to control I'd opt for a shorter extension and use a ladder.
 
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I have a friend who uses an extension rod for his pw to clean his gutters. I couldn't imagine controlling that thing once it gets out to 15' or more He admits it is a tough job keeping it under control. A shorter rod with diverter and ladder would work better, IMO.
 
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I have a 25' high pressure extension wand that I use for that and pressure washing second stories. I have a body harness it connects to. It's very heavy.

The problem with using high pressure is when you pull the trigger the extension wand goes wild.
 
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Yeah. I just ordered athe wand with belt support and nozzle. Guess I'll have to see for myself. At worst, I suppose I could not telescope it and use my ladder...

I got both the "looped" nozzle and the side by side double jetted nozzle, to see which works best (Amazon will let me return what I don't use)

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The problem with using high pressure is when you pull the trigger the extension wand goes wild.
That is the reason I don't like the extension wands! Until you experience it you probably can't realize how hard it is to handle a long extension. IMO using a ladder is a better option.
 
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