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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_9WJSzV6fw









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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The property I purchased had three structures, each of which needed gutters cleaned.  FREE COMPOST, YAY!!
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garage before
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Garage before
Garage before
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Shed Before
Shed Before
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Clean up
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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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All day yesterday and most of this morning we had a torrential downpour. As I was in the kitchen I noticed a heavy drip by the back door: the gutter had filled up with moss and sediment. When the rain stopped, on my lunch break, I decided to clear them out.

I scooped out all of the silt, sediment and moss into a bucket (it's actually a peanut butter container from the trash). These went on the garden as it makes a good soil conditioner. There are little bits of gravel from the pebble dash on this house (which I find ugly and annoying, but it is rented so there isn't much I can do) but it wont be a problem in the garden. I then used a cloth and some water to rinse the sediment away.
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Lots of moss
Lots of moss
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Algae!
Algae!
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Pretty dirty
Pretty dirty
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In progress
In progress
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In progress - from the other side
In progress - from the other side
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Clean
Clean
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Lookin' good
Lookin' good
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All shiny
All shiny
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The snow is not nice on our gutters here. This job has been waiting a while, but fixed it today.

It is perhaps not very visible on the photos, but the gutter is twisted down a bit, and when it rains, it overflows in the middle. It has also not been cleaned out in a while, but that part was not as bad as expected.
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Before, right view - the gutter attachments poking up because the gutter is torn down
Before, right view - the gutter attachments poking up because the gutter is torn down
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Before, left view - not as bad as the right
Before, left view - not as bad as the right
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Before, underside view - problem is more visible here
Before, underside view - problem is more visible here
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Before - some growth in a corner
Before - some growth in a corner
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Process - removed the debris
Process - removed the debris
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Process (picture taken after the worst was fixed) - first tried with hands, but I'm not really strong enough
Process (picture taken after the worst was fixed) - first tried with hands, but I'm not really strong enough
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Process - tried with crowbar, slightly better than just hands, need more leverage
Process - tried with crowbar, slightly better than just hands, need more leverage
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Process - found leverage! An iron rake did the trick :)
Process - found leverage! An iron rake did the trick :)
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Finished, right view - after adjusting, cleaning and hosing down
Finished, right view - after adjusting, cleaning and hosing down
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Finished, left view. Not a beauty, but now it all drains down to the end!
Finished, left view. Not a beauty, but now it all drains down to the end!
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Finished - underside view
Finished - underside view
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Problem gutter number 1 - it’s not even connected and the bottom just dumps water next to the house. This has leaked into the basement over many years before we bought the place causing extensive damage.





I reconnected the top section and screwed into place.



I also screwed the pipe to every wall bracket - the pipe was free to move up and down, which is why it was detached in the first place. Here’s a picture with a new screw inplace.



I will collect all the rain water in some kind of water storage solution yet to be decided and budgeted for. For now, I’m adding drainage pipes to take the water to my future food forest. To avoid the pipes silting up, I need to divert debris, so I installed a downspout filter connecting to the drainage pipe.





Problem gutter number 2. Yesterday we had the first significant rain for many months. I went out to see if there were any other problems that need immediate attention. I noticed one section was overflowing. When I inspected, the downspout was totally blocked.



I removed a couple of sections and it was totally jammed up with ‘soil’.



The rest of the gutter needed cleaning out.



Here’s everything cleaned out:





I then went ahead and installed a downspout filter and attached to my garden drain.


Before


After
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Had to remove some Christmas lights left over from previous residents, and decided to clean the gutters and perhaps earn a BB while at it.  Rather than only cleaning the gutters, I figured I might as well prune the troublemaking limbs above, too!

*Edited to add downspout cleaning and replacement.
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Clockwise from top left: (1) Some kind of tree that likes to drop berries everywhere! (2) Pruning the tree. (3) Too many berries! (3) Sweeping up. (4) Much cleaner now!
Clockwise from top left: (1) Some kind of tree that likes to drop berries everywhere! (2) Pruning the tree. (3) Too many berries! (3) Sweeping up. (4) Much cleaner now!
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Note: You did a great job on the gutter screens but the gutters underneath the screens may still be plugged up with stuff

 
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