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Pipelines use pigs to clean the pipeline. I propose the same for gutters, which could be described as half of a pipe. The pig would be dropped in the gutter and a cable attached to each end and draped to the ground like a window blind pull string. You would be able to pull the pig in both directions.
The pig's shape would roughly assume the proportions of the gutter, and be small enough to fit under the gutter attaching nails. Each end of the pig would have a wedge cut. The wedge would angle outwards to force debris away from the structure and upwards to push the debris out of the gutter.
Pipeline pig pics
Pipeline cleaning pigs [Sunstone, Aug 21 2008]
No, not minifig - they're lego. [wagster, Aug 21 2008]
Don't let them fill up in the first place
Brazen elf promotion. [coprocephalous, Aug 22 2008]
Gutter Cleaning Robot
This remote-controlled robot is pretty similar in intent and may be more practical in design, It is currently currently available from Hammacher.com (as in Hammacher Schlemmer) for (US)$129.95 Additional battery packs are $39.95 and replacement augers are $14.95. [jurist, Aug 31 2008]
And from iRobot, the people who brought you the Roomba
iRobot® Looj Gutter Cleaning Robots [Klaatu, Aug 31 2008]
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||earthworms would work better than pigs.
||You would have to use a miniature breed of pig. [link]
||Could it double as a reservoir dog?
||If it was made in Germany, would it be a "Schweinhund" , vielleicht ?
||"ermany"? Like goldy or silvery but made of ermine?
||I bet you've got a gadget like Egon's PKE
Meter that, when you wave it over your
computer, its little arms raise if it detects
||With a bit of automation, good at keeping pesky chipmunks and squirrels out too!
||Finally a solution for the gutter punk.