Monday, September 26, 2016

Got Dirty Rain Gutters? There's An iRobot For That...

A few weeks back I noticed an online ad. It's called an iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot.

"Hey," I said getting my wife's attention. "Check this out."

She did.

"Wow, I wonder if it really works."

So did I.

Still...the draw of its potential made us give the ad more than our usual 0.02 seconds. What if it does work? We don't have the worst rain gutter situation our there, but we do have one on the west side of our house that is almost three stories up. And our ladders don't reach that high. I've climbed out on the roof a few times and it's an unpleasant experience for me.

We discussed it and realized, if it does work, maybe we should get it. It was on sale, after all.

"It's far cheaper than a visit to the emergency room," she said.

And I agreed.

We ordered it and it came last week. When the weekend hit, so did the rain, so the iRobot Looj 330 stayed pristine and unused under our room (and dirty rain gutters...). But when I came home it was such a beautiful afternoon that I got out the step stool and fired up our little Looj.

The west-side gutter gave us no problems; the east-side one did--mostly because the battery wound down. And heaping mounds of long pine needles proved too much for the little guy. I'm sure had I started on the east side, it would have done a better job. I snapped a few pictures and I wanted to get a video of the machine in action, but being on a roof and using a video camera is sort of like texting and driving. It's unadvisable.

If you're interested in purchasing your own iRobot Looj 330, you can check out their website: HERE. After I cleaned up the iRobot and put it away, I took my phone out and took a quick video of the west-side gutter. It looks very clean. I should have taken a "before" video. Oh well, maybe next time.

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