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    • ahll
    • By ahll 23rd Sep 06, 9:30 AM
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    Gutter Mesh To Keep Leaves Out
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 9:30 AM
    Gutter Mesh To Keep Leaves Out 23rd Sep 06 at 9:30 AM
    I few weeks ago in Lidl I sw some mesh type stuff that you can put in your gutter to keep the leave etc out of them.

    I went back yesterday but they had all gone (not suprisingly). So I was wondering if this stuff was any good ? Also where is the best place to get it from now or can you make you own ?
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  • abbecer
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 9:43 AM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 9:43 AM
    I'm sure i saw it in Aldi's on Thursday. Just ring first to check. Hope this helps.

    Rebecca x
  • edina
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 11:44 AM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 11:44 AM
    Just got new guttering around my house & when getting quote I asked the bloke whether it was any good getting mesh. He said no as the leaves just rest on it & so preventing rain to flow down, making water pour over edge instead.
  • roswell
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 3:51 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 3:51 PM
    best bet is get offending branches cut off tree you will need to clean the leaves out the gutter / mesh every year till the branch dies if you dont.
    If it doesnt pay rent sell it.
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    • ahll
    • By ahll 23rd Sep 06, 5:09 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 5:09 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 5:09 PM
    I bought some chicken wire to day and was going to cut it and roll it to put in the gutter. I thought the idea was that any leaves fell on the mess and then dried and fell off or got blown away !
  • FirstClassMale
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 5:59 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 5:59 PM
    I wouldn't bother as the amount of muck that will fall through is a lot more likely to block your gutters. A 2 litre Coke bottle with the bottom cut off works a treat by bending round the contours of the gutter.
    • ahll
    • By ahll 23rd Sep 06, 6:55 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 6:55 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 6:55 PM
    mmmm not sure what you mean and how to use the coke bottle can you explain ? Especially the ' bending round the contours of the gutter.' part as wont that stop the rain water going into the gutter as well ?
  • Iowa_Lot
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 7:02 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 7:02 PM
    maybe it means just above the downspout
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 23rd Sep 06, 7:07 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 7:07 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 06, 7:07 PM
    So I was wondering if this stuff was any good ?
    Yes definitely. in my area (loads of leaves) it's been a godsend.

    Also where is the best place to get it from now or can you make you own ?
    We got ours from screwfix direct.

    He said no as the leaves just rest on it & so preventing rain to flow down, making water pour over edge instead.
    We haven't had this problem but we are in an exposed area.
    The leaves blow off the top and don't stay up there.

    best bet is get offending branches cut off tree
    That can be difficult if you don't own the tree.
    You cannot get trees removed completely.
    Many old trees will have preservation orders on them.
    We live close to large trees in a school. There is no way they would cut them down just for the sake of our gutters.

    I thought the idea was that any leaves fell on the mess and then dried and fell off or got blown away !
    Yes, it works very well.
    I can only think they would stay up there if you live somewhere extremely sheltered.

    I wouldn't bother as the amount of muck that will fall through is a lot more likely to block your gutters.
    We haven't had any problem with muck falling through as the holes in the screwfix stuff doesn't allow it through.
    We would honestly be clearing our gutters every couple of months without this, it did take a few days though on a large house.
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 23rd Sep 06, 7:10 PM
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    Here is the stuff we got from screwfix.

    http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/pro.jsp?id=12515&ts=34906

    I have no connection but I can recommend it and have had none of the problems that people have been mentioning.

    It did cost us a few hundred quid to get it put up but I guess it's free if you do it yourself (it was several days work to do the whole house).
    • ahll
    • By ahll 23rd Sep 06, 8:08 PM
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    cool that sounds like the kinda of stuff I am looking for.

    Was it really a few hundred just to get it fitted -nothing else done ? Sounds like a lot of money to me.

    Like you its not practical to cut all the trees as they are not my mum n dads and they have a wood behind them, so always going to be leaves around alas !
    Last edited by ahll; 23-09-2006 at 8:12 PM.
  • C_Ronaldo
    I'm sure i saw it in Aldi's on Thursday. Just ring first to check. Hope this helps.

    Rebecca x
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    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 23rd Sep 06, 10:16 PM
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    gutter syphons are advertised as keeping the gutters flowing even if they are full of leaves.
  • fatuscatus
    Ahll - can recommend the screwfix stuff, easy to install and 'does what it says on the tin'. Two big oak trees failing to block my gutters this year...
    Not sure why Lisyloo took several days to install - must be a big house...
    • ahll
    • By ahll 24th Sep 06, 9:13 AM
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    ok I think I have got the gutter bit sorted now but what about the hopper/down fall bit.

    I am still not sure what I am suppose to do with the cut down coke bottle and nor do I now what a gutter syphon is ! (can you tell I havent done this before)..lol

    Is this a gutter sypon ?
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Gutter-Downpipe-Guard-STOP-LEAF-BLOCKAGES-fast-delivery_W0QQitemZ260031557144QQihZ016QQcategoryZ1 01416QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    or this ?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/STOP-THAT-LEAK-NOW-GUTTER-PUMPS_W0QQitemZ220031094217QQihZ012QQcategoryZ1014 16QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    Last edited by ahll; 24-09-2006 at 9:46 AM.
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 24th Sep 06, 9:45 AM
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    Was it really a few hundred just to get it fitted -nothing else done ?
    Yes. From memory the mesh cost about £100 and the fitting was £200.
    A professional job was quoted as £600 but we got a friend to do it for cash.

    Not sure why Lisyloo took several days to install - must be a big house...
    Yes it's a big 5 bed house.
    The guy wasn't slacking at all.
    There were a few difficult areas to get to.
    This did include clearing out the gutters and downpipes as obviously it makes sense to do this first (otherwise you'll have to take the stuff off again to do it afterwards) and also makes sense to fix any problems you meet on the way.

    I think you should allow time for clearing out and meeting one or two problems as it's unlikely that everything is going to be clear and perfect.
    • ahll
    • By ahll 24th Sep 06, 12:26 PM
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    what do people think of this stuff ? ---seems expensive though

    http://www.mcmproducts.com/detail_products.asp?id=1
  • shammyjack
    6 metre roll of plastic mesh for £1 at most £1 shops !

    No fittings but by just bending into an inverted U shape you will find the slates or tiles hold it in place, had mine in place in the heavy timber guttering native to Yorkshire and works a treat !

    shammy
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 24th Sep 06, 7:41 PM
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    the second link:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/STOP-THAT-LEAK-NOW-GUTTER-PUMPS_W0QQitemZ220031094217QQihZ012QQcategoryZ1014 16QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    is the gutter syphon that I saw advertised in the Times newspaper for £9.99 for 3!
  • ferdyb
    Our neighbour has some of this plastic leaf guard stuff in her gutters. Last month I had to dislodge for her a dead collared dove that had got it's foot caught through one of the squares and had been trapped there until it died. Not a pleasant thing, it had been there several days in the hot summer sun, say no more.
    On the face of it, you would have thought that it could easily have pulled it's foot out, but it seems not. It was quite difficult to dislodge, working only from an upstairs window using a home made hooky/pokey thing.

    ferdy
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