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Final call for Gutter Robots

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Martin Riddle, Jan 12, 2008.

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  1. Ecnerwal

    Ecnerwal Guest

    Nope - have it crawl up the downspout, clear the gutter, and crawl down
    again, then go around the house to find the next downspout...extra
    points if it looks a bit like a spider ;-)
  2. T

    T Guest

    That is exactly what I'd want. With the iRobot unit you have to drag out
    your ladder and put the little robot in the gutter. Except I doubt this
    thing can do 90 degree turns so you'll have to drag the ladder over to
    reposition the robot.
  3. Are there medical applications for this sort of thing?
  4. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I have gutters (for the annual gully washer), but they never get
    choked with leaves ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  5. (iRobot's "Looj" series of gutter-cleaning robots)
    I have four different gutter sections to worry about, and half of
    them are two stories up. Moving and climbing a fully-extended
    laddre is no fun; doing it multiple times for a 30' gutter sections
    is less so.

    I guess I _could_ buy four Loojes and give each its own garage, even
    the one on the 10' section<grin!>, but I'd still have to go up on
    the roof to install all this stuff and do maintenance on the robots.
    I'd much rather not climb the ladder in the first place.

    Besides, it's the Looj that needs to be hoisted to roof level, not
    me. How about a 20' "fishing pole" with a hook at the end of the
    line that simply lifts the Looj up to the gutter and lets you "hook"
    it to bring it back to earth?

    Since it looks like you need to point the Looj in the right
    direction it could be difficult to swing the Looj around properly,
    but it would still be easier than climbing a ladder. (A lot safer,
    too, bar the occasional hook slippange and the ensuing Looj
    re-entry. <grin>)

    I don't need the holster and spare battery pack to start with, it
    looks like I can start of for about $100. Not bad... if it works.
    I've downloaded iRobot's Gutter_measurement.pdf file to see if the
    sucker will fit in mine.

    Thanks for the "heads up", Martin.
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