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Keeping leaves outa Downspouts ?


Since we have movied into this new house I am pretty disciplined about cleaning the gutters in front and back.  The last time I cleaned them I also cleaned the downspouts which wasn't the easiest thing I had ever done, since it was probably the "first" time they had ever been cleaned out.

Well, I did a very dangerous thing this morning - - - - "I started THINKING" - - - scary huh?

I'm wondering if there would be anything wrong with putting some screen wire over the top hole of the downspout to keep anything but "water" from going thru them?  As you can see in the pic below, I have temporaryly put a piece of drywall sanding screen wire on one to see how it looks and I'm sure that (if I do this) I need to cut the screen wire and attach it neat and as flat as possible over the hole.

I'll also probably try and use a larger mess than what the pic shows so that dirt and mud doesn't clog the opening.

Do any of you see any potential problem that this might cause? 

TIA,  meller



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It will work, but you will have to check for clogs right at the screen more often. just a few leaves over it will stop the flow, whereas quite a few leaves could get down before it clogs without the screen. Of course, your best bet is to have screen over the whole eaves system so the leaves cant get in there in the first place ...$$$$$$$

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Em - there is NO WAY to keep leaves out of gutters aside from cutting down (clear cutting) the offending trees. Around here they sell a product called Gutter Helmet which is 'guarandamteed to keep leaves out of your gutters". What I found after getting a sales pitch then talking to folks that had them installed is that there are only three things 'guarandamteed'. (1)they only postpone the inevitable, (2) make it difficult to clean the leaves out, and, (3) take a lot of money from your bank account and transfer it to someone elses. I had my back gutter taken down last fall but will have a replacement installed this year, but this time, done with enough slope to actually drain instead of creating skeeter breeding pools in the saggy spots



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Dave is right on all points,, up here in the land of gully washing rainfall,, its a full time job trying to keep the gutters cleared of leaves, I did like dave mentioned and got rid of any trees that would cause a abundance of leaves close enough to the house,, and that pretty much took care of the clogged gutter problems,  the only leaves that get in the gutter are delivered there by the wind, and wash down the downspout , I have a piece of metal bent into a hook, taped to the end of a paint roller extension handle that I push any leaves toward the ends of the gutters, and down the spout when I see them overflowing,, but thats very seldom now that the trees are gone, 

There is one tree that I need to get rid of ,, then I won't have to rake those nasty maple leaves up every year,, those things get wet they stain everything they touch, like the driveway,,, cry Now I need to get the roof pressured to get rid of the moss that grows up under the shingles,,, eventually it will cause the shingles to pop loose,,,,



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Go back and take a look at this thread:

http://homehandyman.activeboard.com/t50435784/rain-gutters-and-down-spout-delima/

I haven't looked at gutter stuff since moving from the mountains, but the places we used to shop up there all had several kinds of downspout screens available.  The ones I thought MIGHT be marginally useful were sort of like a water glass made out of wire with openings about a half inch square, and a little "step" on the open end that held the screen from slipping down into the spout too far.  But, even those would clog up, I am certain.  I still think gutter screens are the best solution, but you still have to clean them, too, once in a while.  As for keeping the downspouts clear, just make a "shepherd's crook" out of a piece of PVC and some other parts to hook it to a hose, and every so often, when you're dragging hose and squirting water around, just hook it up and go flushing spouts and gutters to your hearts content.



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Thanks Gents, once again I think I'm hoping for that magic solution that doesn't seem to exist. I think I'll look at HD and Lowe's for the "water glass screens" but I may have to fab some of my own. For some reason the flat screen laying over the hole didn't seem like a good fix to me.

Sorry to bring this back up again but I'm old and desperate yanno - - - hahahaha

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I finally located some of those glass shaped screens that Rrumbler was talking about and I think they are gonna do the job I need for them to do.  I know that they won't keep everything out but they should damned sure help.

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you could use them new fangled down spouts . looks like a chain of little bells. plum artsy fartsy.

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geezer69 wrote:

you could use them new fangled down spouts . looks like a chain of little bells. plum artsy fartsy.


 you mean like this? (see attached) - - - - them are cutzie little boogers ain't they? - - - too many movable parts just to let the rain water onto the ground - - - - they're pretty fugly too



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Mello Yello wrote:
geezer69 wrote:

you could use them new fangled down spouts . looks like a chain of little bells. plum artsy fartsy.


 you mean like this? (see attached) - - - - them are cutzie little boogers ain't they? - - - too many movable parts just to let the rain water onto the ground - - - - they're pretty fugly too


 



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yeah, thats it. fugly is a good description.fug works in a lot of cases.hahaha


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Quickie Update on my down spout screen "thingies" - - - I've been pretty good about keeping them clean, along with the gutters, even with this eye crap I've been going thru. However, this morning is was raining like the proverbial cow and flat rock, and I got a phone call from a contractor friend that lives up the street and also built my shop for me. He told me that he had just driven by my house and the front down spouts were not draining. I went outside and looked and sure enuff one was stopped up. I got a chair and managed to stand on the porch railing and clean it from underneath enuff to make it start draining and then when it stopped I got my ladder and cleaned it out completely. If this continues then I'll just remove the screens and clean them more often. Just wanted to let you know that they do a good job but have their disadvantages like almost everything these days.

Thank God for the rain tho - - - - we are hurting down here, especially the "used to be waterfront" properties that no one can sell know because there's a mud yard at the back of their house. I can't imagine what the ranchers are going thru with getting adequate hay for reasonable prices.

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Supposed to pee like a racehorse here tomorrow with high winds.....Might be a rough night for the trick or treaters.

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Supposed to pee like a racehorse here tomorrow with high winds.....Might be a rough night for the trick or treaters.


they're predicting the same here, Harry, wouldn't bother me at all if the little gremlins and gobblins stayed home nodisbelief  only thing is we would sure have a lot of candy to eat by ourselves



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We are taking the pup over to Mass. tomorrow to meet her actual birth mother and really don't want to drive through rain on the Mass Turnpike - but whatever will be - will be. Now, if it puts a damper on Hallowe'en, wont bother me a bit. Most of the kids are fine, just a couple (of the Indian Peninsula persuasion from across the street) that are a problem.

Oh and why we are going to Mass.? My DW is kicking around the idea of a possible 'playmate' for Callie though I really don't think it's a good idea (and you KNOW how much weight THAT opinion of mine carriesconfuse)

 



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sure sounds familiar - - - be sure and post a pic of THEM together

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Mello Yello wrote:

sure sounds familiar - - - be sure and post a pic of THEM together


Forgot the #$%@ camera - but we 'discussed' another pup on the drive there and decided that this was not the right time.

I do have to say that Callie's mother (AND grandmother, especially), look exactly like her but a bit thinner. The 'breeder', not really a full fledged breeder, but someone who's pets are allowed to have pups, suggested that Callie was a bit plump and needed to lose a pound, which is something we are already working on as her rear end is looking decidedly matronly.

The rains started, hard, while we were there so with that, so had a grand total of, drum roll ta-da, three kids. That's a reduction of at least 60-75 over last year. That left over $20 bucks worth of candy, with a couple exceptions will be going with my wife on her weekly visit to her mother today at the retirement housing community.

(It's still raining!!!!!)



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you wanting a female companion for her, Dave? or are you considering some lil Callies in the future?? that would mean buying out of her bloodline of course - - - - I know I don't have to tell you but an only dog is like an only child ?sometimes? and they sure do take on different personalities when accompanied by a companion - - ?in most case?

have a great weekend, Y'all
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you wanting a female companion for her, Dave? or are you considering some lil Callies in the future?? that would mean buying out of her bloodline of course - - - - I know I don't have to tell you but an only dog is like an only child ?sometimes? and they sure do take on different personalities when accompanied by a companion - - ?in most case?

have a great weekend, Y'all
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 That was an interesting experience for Callie. She's an only child .... err dog, at present and really is attached to us 'as is'. While she was a little hesitant to join the other 3 three dogs, there was no problem within a very few minutes after the usual smell down it was almost like she belonged to the pack. After a fairly long walk along a woods trail, they were having a good time together. Back at the lady's house, I had Callie snoozing along one leg, her mother along the other and grandma on the floor in front of me. The lady's third pup is from a another line, so is a little different. The grandma dog was originally from Russia (as is the breeder - and for me with my mediocre hearing, kind of tough to understand) and is from a European poodle champion while the father dog is Canadian/Northern NY. My wife knows all of the 'family tree', and who did what - I don't care as long as the pups are nice as any in our will be pampered pets, not a show dogs.



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yuppers, I see a win win coming on



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A Canadian stud, eh?...What beer does he drink?.....lol

So, are you bringing a pup home?

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A Canadian stud, eh?...What beer does he drink?.....lol

So, are you bringing a pup home?


 NO, NO, NO !!!! One right now is plenty!!!!!!!!!!!

And I understand that the father drinks Moosehead

 



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Didn't want to start another "down spout" thread since I"m notorious for several of these a year, eh Em (I)?

This time, however, I have something that I can offer instead of a question. We, like Dave, have an over abundance of "Deer Marbles" (aka acorns) and they do get into the down spouts in disturbing numbers.

I was googling the proper way to clean them and almost every link said to take them apart but this one post that I ran across mentioned using your garden hose with the spray nozzle on "peel paint if not careful" setting. BINGO

Since I had no idea where my spray nozzle was, I decided to just use the spray watering wand that stays hooked to my garden hose 365 and justremove the sprayer head. There is just enuff turn angle at the end of the wand to do exactly what I want from the top side and after figuring out how not to take a shower on top of the ladder while doing this, my down spouts are clear, clean and flowing water like they are supposed to.

Now if my contractor friend will bring his roof monkey (helper) down and blow/rake/sweep the collected limbs, leaves and deer marbles that collect in the valleys on each side of a ?dormer? on the roof then I'll be good for the season. Well kinda anyhow.

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