Last Updated on October 2, 2023 by Kyle Whitley
Building a leaf blower gutter cleaner isn’t a lot of work, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. In fact, it’s pretty simple once you get started. We will take a look to see how to build a leaf blower gutter cleaner.
Table of Contents
- 1 Can Leaf Blowers be Used To Clean Gutters?
- 2 Building a Gutter Cleaner for My Leaf Blower?
- 2.1 What Is Needed for a DIY Leaf Blower Gutter Attachment
- 2.2 Making a Leaf Blower Gutter Cleaner: Down Spout Method
- 2.3 Making a Leaf Blower Gutter Cleaner: Flexible Hose Method
- 2.4 Using the Shop Vac Hose to Clean Gutters
- 2.5 Making a Leaf Blower Gutter Cleaner: PVC Method
- 2.6 Cut PVC Pipes
- 2.7 Connect the PVC
- 2.8 Using a Leaf Blower to Clean Off the Roof and Gutters
- 2.9 Pros & Cons of Building a Homemade Leaf Blower Gutter Attachment:
- 3 Preventing Clogged Gutters
- 4 Summing it Up: How to Build a Leaf Blower Gutter Cleaner
Can Leaf Blowers be Used To Clean Gutters?
A leaf blower will works great at removing leaves and debris from your gutter system. You will need a strong leaf blower for it to be effective, though. Blowers from RYOBI, Greenworks, and EGO should get the job done fairly easily.
You don’t want to spend hours blowing leaves off your roof only to find that your gutters aren’t clear enough to catch the water. Check your gutters regularly to ensure that they are free of debris and that your gutter covers are still attached properly.
Building a Gutter Cleaner for My Leaf Blower?
A leaf blower can help you clean up your gutter system. You can use it to blow away leaves and other debris from downspouts, gutters, and rainwater downspouts. If you don’t want to buy one, there are several ways you can build your own gutter cleaner.
What Is Needed for a DIY Leaf Blower Gutter Attachment
If you’re tired of manually blowing leaves off your gutters, here’s a simple way to do it yourself. This DIY leaf blower attachment makes it easy to blow leaves off of roofs,
A DIY leaf blower gutter attachment will save you money compared to purchasing a premade product.
We will cover 3 different methods to create a homemade leaf blower-powered gutter cleaner
Making a Leaf Blower Gutter Cleaner: Down Spout Method
This leaf blower gutter cleaner is actually made out of aluminum downspouts and elbows which can be duct taped to your blower to use as a gutter cleaner. This is one of the more cost-effective methods of building a gutter cleaner.
Aluminum Downpipe or Vinyl Downpipe
2 (or more)Aluminum Downspout ElbowsorVinyl Downspout Elbows
The materials needed for a DIY leaf blower gutter attachment are basic and inexpensive. You could easily make it yourself.
Making a Leaf Blower Gutter Cleaner: Flexible Hose Method
A flexible hose is ideal for gutter cleaning because it allows you to reach otherwise inaccessible places. You can use it to clean out drains, catch leaves and debris, and even clear clogged pipes.
A shop vac hose makes a great hose to use with your leaf blower. The flexible hose will allow the hose to reach up and into the gutter for extra cleaning power.
Some are rigid, while others are flexible. If you want to keep things simple, you might consider buying the more rigid tube. You will attach multiple sections of hose together so that you can get a section of hose that can reach into your gutters from the ground.
Using a Water Hose to Finishing Up the Cleaning
The hose attachment makes it easy to clean gutters without having to climb up a ladder. You just attach the hose to the nozzle and turn on the blower. You may have to use duct tape to attach the hose to the blower.
Then you simply use the hose to blow away the leaves.
Using the Shop Vac Hose to Clean Gutters
This is a good option because it’s easy to use, lightweight, compact, and portable. So, whether you’re cleaning out your gutters yourself or hiring someone else to do it for you, you’ll have a better experience with this product.
Making a Leaf Blower Gutter Cleaner: PVC Method
A leaf blower modified with PVC piping makes a great gutter cleaning tool.
Cut PVC Pipes
Cutting PVC pipe is one of those things you don’t want to do without a miter saw. Cutting PVC pipe is much easier with a miter saw because it cuts cleanly along the edge of the pipe. If you are working with PVC pipe that is already cut into pieces, make sure that the ends are square before joining them together.
You will need to determine the length of PVC depending on how high your gutters are.
Connect the PVC
If you are looking for a simple way to connect the PVC pipe, use duct tape. You can simply wrap it around the pipes, making sure to overlap the ends. This method works well because it is easy to do and does not require much effort.
However, it is important to note that duct tape connection might not last for a long time, and might fail with continued exposure to outdoor elements. You might want to make a more permanent connection if you have room to store the sections of PVC. For example, PVC primer and cement solvent could seal the joint.
To start building your gutter cleaner, you will need to duct tape a small section of the PVC around the nozzle of the leaf blower. Then wrap the pipe with three to six layers of duct tape to connect to the blower.
One good thing about duct tape is that you can remove the duct tape store your sections of PVC instead of having a long section of PVC that you have to store somewhere.
Next, gently try to move and shake it to make sure that it fits securely. Finally, use the leaf blower to blast away debris—and now your leaf blower is doing double duty!
Primer and Cement
To prepare the area where you plan to attach the pipes, lay down newspaper or plastic sheeting.
Now you’re ready to start making joints. Cut the pieces of PVC pipe to fit together. Start with a piece about 4 inches long. Put a little bit of PVC primer on the outside of the pipe. Put the cement on the other piece of PVC.
Then stick the pipe into the joint you just made. Hold it there for a few minutes. Now take the second piece of pipe and repeat the process. Continue doing this until you reach the desired length.
Once the cement has dried, the PVC should stay connected, and allow you to clean those leaves on the gutter and roof of your home.
Using a Leaf Blower to Clean Off the Roof and Gutters
A leaf blower is an efficient way to clear leaves and debris out of gutters without climbing up a ladder. However, it’s important to use caution because you could fall off the ladder and hurt yourself. If you are unsure how to do this safely, ask someone else to help you.
With any of the gutter cleaners we have laid out above, you should be able to clean up your gutters safely from the ground and off of a ladder. I did a combo of the different methods to help me clean the leaves and pine straw from the eves of the house.
I am fortunate to have gutter guards, so I don’t have to clean the gutters that often, but I do have to remove pine straw often from the roof eves.
I attached the tube plastic extensions from my shop vac together along with sections of the shop vac hose to help me reach the desired height. I used duct tape to attach the sections together. I removed the duct tape from the extensions after the job was complete.
Pros & Cons of Building a Homemade Leaf Blower Gutter Attachment:
- You can save around $25- $40 by building your own gutter cleaning attachment instead of buying a kit from the manufacturer. But the homemade version doesn’t come with a nozzle end piece, which could affect the air pressure.
- This could lessen the “leaf-pushing power.” If you have a powerful leafblower, it might not impact your performance.
- These options are customizable to your situation, which store-bought units, might not be long enough for your situation.
- Might not be as well put together as manufacturing built units built for specific blowers
- Might take a few attempts to get the combination of blower and tubing to work for your specific situation.
Preventing Clogged Gutters
A clogged gutter can cause water damage to your home. If you don’t clean it out regularly, it could lead to mold growth and rot. This can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.
To prevent this, clean your gutters regularly each season.
You might also benefit from installing gutter guards, which would lessen the gutter cleaning.
Summing it Up: How to Build a Leaf Blower Gutter Cleaner
In conclusion, building a leaf blower gutter cleaner is easy and inexpensive. There’s nothing too complicated about it, and you can build one in less than two hours.
Now that you know how to build a leaf blower guttering cleaner, you’ll never have to worry about clogged gutters ever again!