The Gutter Bucket: an on-the-spot tool invention/modification

Here’s a vid I put together on the job today. Sorry for the poor filming and rambling; I hope the idea gets across.

Simply said, I hate full gutters filled with leaves and water, topped off with a clogged downspout that’s nailed to the house and feeds directly into the ground! (pent up frustration)

When I try to clean these, I move the debris, slip in a downspout strainer and try to hold the debris back as the water slowly moves in. What usually happens (quickly and often) is the strainer gets clogged and so I have to quickly remove it, clean it, and replace it without more debris getting into the system…a pain.

The video will show you, but here’s the idea: to get around this I disconnect the elbow at the gutter, and hang this contraption: a bucket with hole cut into the bottom to let the water through and a flattened gutter strainer to catch any debris.

The only modification that I’ll make to this is to put a hose attachment on it so I can direct where the water goes and doesn’t splash around.


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Hi Garrett,

Thanks for taking the time to show us your tips.
the video was really informative.

Keep up the great work in Portland.

Cheers . . . . . Glen

BelleView Window Cleaning
Melbourne, Australia

What a nice guy :wink:

Thanks, Glen!

Great idea, Garrett.

I prefer to use a stabilizer so that I am not leaning a ladder against the gutter. Avoids damage to the gutter and is safer.

I’m always apprehensive about hanging something from the actual gutter. I don’t want to loosen it from its hangers…

I typically loosen the elbows as well, and use a pair of cheap tongs to assist with debris flowing through. I place a Rubbermaid Brute 44-gallon container below to catch water and debris, then empty it in an appropriate location.