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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Homesteading. (Note that this BB is part of a three-part choose your own adventure list BB called Big List. You must complete three Badge Bits in the Big List.)

In this Badge Bit, you will clean/repair/improve gutters.



Some related articles
  - How to Clean Your Gutters
  - How to Fix Rain Gutters and Downspouts
  - How to Fix a Sagging Gutter
  - How to Install Gutter Guards











To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - clean/repair/improve the gutters
      - make sure the gutters are in good repair and draining to a proper spot

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the gutters
   - an in progress picture of cleaning/repairing/improving the gutters
   - a picture after cleaning/repairing/improving the gutters
   - OR a 2 minute video of you doing all of this
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Ok, it was the last nice day of the fall so I did the roof jobs.  Sweeping the chimney and cleaning the gutters.  I didn't clean the gutters last year and this year I had an 8" sapling growing in the gutter along with some nice microgreens
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Sapling
Sapling
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Cleaning out the cover crop
Cleaning out the cover crop
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All pretty
All pretty
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Done on the other side of the house as well
Done on the other side of the house as well
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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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I have built a hugel and raised beds and a pollinator garden, but the plants growing from my gutter are unintentional.









I will say that when you go up a ladder, there is a tipping point.  It goes from "La La la, no problem" to "holy shit I am going to die."  Also I've cleaned the gutters the other way, being on the roof and scooping them from the top down, and I will take the ladder thank you.  Also I'm pissed because I unthinkingly covered my oregano patch in a 3 inch thick layer of guttery pine needle sludge.  I've had that patch for 5 years and now I'm not sure I'm comfortable eating any oregano from it.  Although I suppose the roof runs off to it anyway.
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The 3rd pic is especially impressive. Turn the house upside down to empty the gutters! BB is certified.

 
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Here is my submission for the Homesteading - Sand - Clean/Repair/Improve Gutters BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
  - a before picture of the gutters
  - an in progress picture of cleaning/repairing/improving the gutters
  - a picture after cleaning/repairing/improving the gutters

Went to inspect the gutter when I noticed the floor in the shed was wet.  The gutter had separated and was not diverting water away from the shed and into the garden.



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Separated Gutter
Separated Gutter
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Perspective of Gutter to be cleaned
Perspective of Gutter to be cleaned
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Looking into the Gutter
Looking into the Gutter
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Removing soil and a tree
Removing soil and a tree
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cleaned seam - reassembling
cleaned seam - reassembling
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Screwing Gutter to Drain Spout Assemble
Screwing Gutter to Drain Spout Assemble
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Clean Gutter - Closeup
Clean Gutter - Closeup
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Clean Gutter :)
Clean Gutter :)
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
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The property I purchased had three structures, each of which needed gutters cleaned.  FREE COMPOST, YAY!!
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garage before
garage before
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Garage before
Garage before
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Shed Before
Shed Before
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Shed Before
Shed Before
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Clean up
Clean up
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Garage after
Garage after
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Garage after
Garage after
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Shed after
Shed after
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Shed After
Shed After
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I'm going to remove some of my gutters this spring. I have a wrap-around verandah around three sides of the house, so it protects much of the foundation from rain off the roof. The property slopes down from the house. The eavetroughs aren't properly graded with downspouts in the proper places, so I get rain pouring out of the gutters right by the front door, among other problems. I think I'm going to make a short one, maybe eight feet long, on the verandah roof in front of the door, slightly graded to one downspout. Same with the side-back doors. No more cleaning gutters!
 
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With over four inches of rain in the last four days, this corner of the gutter has a downspout and was getting plugged and overflowing,  so time to do some gutter maintenance.
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Before at corner.
Before at corner.
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Before to the right.
Before to the right.
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Before to the left.
Before to the left.
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In progress cleaning.
In progress cleaning.
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After at corner.
After at corner.
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After to the right.
After to the right.
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After to the left.
After to the left.
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
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We've been having an inordinate amount of mosquitoes. I've been systematically addressing every possible vector. Finally getting to a big one - gutters.

It's hard to take good pictures when you're on a roof. Priority one is not falling off.

The gutters here are covered, had to do a lot of screwing and unscrewing to get in there.
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Did my spring roof and gutter cleaning today.
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Dirty gutters
Dirty gutters
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There where some smaller branches on the roof.
There where some smaller branches on the roof.
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Cleaned out all the gutters.
Cleaned out all the gutters.
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Then I lightly swept the roof.
Then I lightly swept the roof.
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All clean!
All clean!
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
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