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May 22, 2018

The parable of the gutter

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There are those who think gutters were invented to provide work for those intrepid enough to climb tall ladders and work up high.

Then there are those who believe gutters exist to offer a platform for any number of devices/systems/solutions that purport to be able to keep gutters clear and thus obviate the need for people to perform this task.

I believe gutters have a deeper, more important message: to teach us that, try as we may, we will never, ever, find a person/company advertising themselves as gutter cleaners who: 

1) answer their business/mobile phone during working hours (consolation points if phone goes to VM)

2) are capable of giving a definite time/day when they will appear to perform said function

3) actually show up and, failing that, call to reschedule BEFORE the to-be-cancelled appointment

But wait — there's more!

The key insight here — which came only last night, while I pondered why it was that I had to mop up water that puddled on the floor of an upstairs bedroom whose closed windows couldn't withstand seepage from the branch-and-leaf-clogged overflowing second story gutter just above, which I had hoped would have been addressed early last week BEFORE it rained for days, since I had texted the guy whom I last used last year the week before it rained and he'd replied that he would set up a day and time to come by and then went silent — is that gutters are like life.

Both slap you down from time to time and the sooner we realize that such things cannot be controlled but only responded to, the better able we will be to roll with the waves and punches.

[picture up top is not my house but, rather, a result from a random Google image search for "overflowing gutter"]

May 22, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


Comments

https://www.amazon.com/Toro-51667-Gutter-Cleaning-Kit/dp/B01JBTP1MW

You might need two sets to make the length to reach high enough. That's what I did.

At the length to reach two stories, it's unwieldy, but it will get the job done.

Wear goggles and a hat, the muck comes at you!

To make it a bit easier, you could pay a neighbor kid ten bucks to hold the blower while you wrestle the tubes and nozzle.

Posted by: JohnM | May 27, 2018 7:50:37 AM

I put on the larger 6" gutters/downspouts with screens on top. BEST money I ever spent. No more gutter overflow, water in the basement, damaged landscape, etc. They now do what they were supposed to do. Supposedly only if you live where you have a lot of pine needles will it fail.

Posted by: Rob | May 22, 2018 4:41:54 PM

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