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Don't clean the crud from your gutters. Launch it far off into the backyard.
It looks rather like a stronger version of normal
house gutter systems except for the large A-
frame over the house (the pinnacle of the "A"
serving as a pivot bar) and the several long arms
extending from the gutters up past the pinnacle.
On both sides of the house, rain barrels
from the roof collect rain and
eventually build up enough weight to serve as
counterweights. When your gutters are clogged,
simply pull a pin from the appropriate side of the
house to release the weights and watch as your
gutter crud is launched far into the backyard. If
your gutters became clogged before the rain
barrels have built up enough weight, simply fill
them up with the garden hose. Doesn't toss your
crud far enough? Try the heavy-duty model,
Best suited for Cape Code style houses. May
cause conflict with neighbors if installed on
property smaller than recommended size.
||Crazy flinging aside, I like the idea of a rain collection apparatus which is mobile separate from the house. A modifiable, modular structure of this sort could be an addon, maybe to facilitate rainwater colection. It could also be placed to supplant / replace built in gutters past the point of repair.
||From the vantagepoint of the modular gutters it would also be easy to trim the rank weeds growing in the clogged native gutters / harvest fruit from volunteer bushes and trees growing there.
||I like the name. I like the idea too... but I really like the name.
||My garden is quite small and would result in the projection of guttercrud into my neighbour's garden.
||A more compact version is required, without the external A frame or other visible evidence. To be operated during the hours of darkness, possibly on a timer.
||You might consider an arrangement in which your
neighbor also sets up a gutterpult and you swap your
guttercrud for theirs. Or, if the houses aren't aligned
correctly, you may need to plan in two or more
neighbors. Crudswapping would make a perfect event
for a neighborhood festival, culminating in a feast on
the garden foods that were nourished with guttercrud.