This weekend got taken over by an unexpected project. One of the first project we wanted done when we bought this house was having gutter guards installed. We could not get anyone out here to do it though. Seriously? I guess the recent hail storms are to blame …again. (The broken window and missing screens are also STILL on the waiting list.) After waiting and waiting for someone to show up after canceling appointment after appointment, we finally decided to just do it ourselves.
For an $800 savings on the labor! BooYa
I’m not afraid of heights but I didn’t much care for this height over concrete!
It took us 2 days because we spent a good part of day 1 just figuring out which system we wanted to buy. We ended up buying one panel of three different systems and took them home to see how they went on.
The thing that peeved us about waiting for someone else was the fact that we spent the previous weekend getting soaked as we cleaned the leaves out of the gutters so the rain would drain properly instead of spilling over the sides into our newly mulched flower beds.
The back porch wasn’t too bad but I was too lazy to find a decent pair of gloves that fit me so I first tried my carpenter’s gloves.
They didn’t protect me. There are all sorts of sharp edges up there! The shingles alone are like shattered glass glued onto a mat and the cut edges of the gutter guards are no picnic either.
Then I tried wearing Wes’ gloves which were way too big so I had to keep taking them off to actually DO anything and then I’d put them back on to scootch along to my next position.
I finally got the hang of installing the things and then it was all over!
Thank Goodness. If I never have to climb up that heigh over concrete again it will be too soon!
The unexpected benefit of installing Gutter Guards ourselves:
It ended our debate over which parts of the house will be strung with Christmas lights.
Because Wes is deathly afraid of heights , he could only hold the ladder and offer frequent words of encouragement AND he felt really bad that I ended up with scrapes and cuts all over my elbows, arms and hands, he suggested that I take the $ that we just saved doing it ourselves and go shopping!