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Gutterhinges

Pull. Dump. Done.
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Journal log: Oct. 3rd, 1912.

"While my machete skills are abysmal, I find my traveling companion to be quite adept at beating back the jungles around us, despite being at least 10 years my senior, as we travel along a path that only he sees, or knows by heart perhaps.

Another hour has gone on with no clearing yet in sight in this densely-forested jungle. I hear the calls of strange and probably unnamed birds and the waft of wings from bats woken by our disturbance. My stomach is telling me it must be nearing dinnertime.

Still no signs of any civilized clearing, but over a small hill and there it was right on top of us--Quatermaine's jungle cabin; surprisingly modern given our surroundings, with a rainwater collection barrel at one corner, glass panes which opened, and even a screen here and there to keep the beastly jungle parasites, who have seen to have taken a liking to my flesh for some reason, at bay. There was virtually no clearing however between the cabin and the nearest trees; I worried that some branch would end up smashing the place to bits."

"'Here's what I wanted to show you,' my host finally offered. 'I figured you drenched Londoners could use a bit of ingenuity.'"

"Quatermaine pulled a rope on a pulley in one corner, which seemed to slide a set of lynchpins, I'll call them, unlatching the front gutter and allowing it to tip forwards and dump its collection of leaves, twigs, and vermin onto the ground below."

"If you'd be so good as to tilt that end of the gutter back up, I'll do the same here and reset the pins. There, that job's done. I do hope to improve the reset method. Ladders for me anymore are a chore, especially after a day of trekking through the Northern Belgian Congo."

RayfordSteele, Oct 15 2020

FlipClean Gutters https://www.youtube...watch?v=wAjaJnXKokM
See also FlipCleanGutterSystems.com [kdf, Oct 15 2020]

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       These exist (linked). Good storytelling though.
kdf, Oct 15 2020
  

       + for "Pull. Dump. Done." and the awesome narrative.
blissmiss, Oct 15 2020
  

       <link> Dang. That was gonna be my claim to riches.   

       Later edit: they didn't exist in 1912, so nyah...
RayfordSteele, Oct 15 2020
  

       ^ it still can. Just add an electric feature, little switch on the wall and CLANG! they all dump at once.
whatrock, Oct 15 2020
  

       You still have to clean up the mess from whereever it lands. Easier on the ground than up on a ladder, but still no fun.
kdf, Oct 16 2020
  

       It's a chore, to be sure. Maple seeds are the bane around here. Perhaps a sort of electric grid inside, insulated from the gutter metal, several sections that can be heated to burn the offending chaff and clutter. Perhaps monthly so as not to create a raging inferno that would catch the shingles afire.
whatrock, Oct 16 2020
  

       <little shudder>
Don't get me started on gutters.
No really. Maybe in the spring.
  

       I've been spending a <strikethrough>month of</st>entire spring and summer of Saturdays, Sundays, and every other Friday ripping off the old vinyl ones, scraping what sad remnants were left of the trim paint, rebuilding rotted trim, priming, painting, and at last now reinstalling new gutters, gutter caps, and downspouts, just in time for it to get too cold to be up on the roof and for the leaves to fall. All singlehandedly. It's been a project.   

       As my backyard is overgrown with the vestiges of what once probably was a very loverly garden with trees entirely too close to the house, I was inspired to up the ante a bit for this story. I had to clean leaves out every other weekend.
RayfordSteele, Oct 16 2020
  
      
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