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"Born in the USA!"
I'm not "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" that the Beach Boys sang about, but when you read my story you may find yourself saying, "Go Granny Go!" I wasn't thinking about retirement, just yet, and I still had things to do. Never did I dream of becoming an Inventor at age 70!
Like most inventions, "necessity" became the "Mother of Inventions." Experts agree, if you haven't maintained your rain gutters prior to the rainy season (in Florida the Hurricane Season) chances are damage will occur from gutters overflowing and damaging the structural foundation. Clogged gutters allow water to accumulate and can cause fascia boards to rot and do damage to your roof, plants, lawn furniture, sidewalks, or porch. Not to mention the added weight of accumulating wet leaves and debris that can cause gutters to sag and separate from your residence or business.
During the very dry season leaves left in gutters can become a potential fire hazard, as well as the ideal place for mosquitoes and roaches to breed and spread over 34 infectious diseases. During the winter months the weight of snow and frozen water can cause gutters to sag, pull away from the fascia and even damage the roof.
Research indicates that since 1990 more than 2.1 million reported injuries and even deaths occurred due to falls from ladders while maintaining gutters or the roof! Each year adds to the stats by 50% with males, aged 40-59, being the highest injured group. I decided there had to be a better, safer way, even for "granny" to clean her gutters!
After much prayer and many pieces of wasted paper (due to redesigns) my prayers where finally answered. I came up with the idea to use our shop vac to vacuum out the gutters from the ground. Thanks to my husband’s experience with electrical drawings and specifications, he came up with the right design that we believed might work.
We showed our idea to a friend who owns an automotive repair service. He said, "I think I can make something that might work." Less than a week later he came "bearing his gift." Oh, yeah!!!! Nothing like a 20 lb, 60 inch, shepherds staff, made out of automotive exhaust pipe! This was just for me....it was all mine.....to clean..."my gutters!"
Because the tool worked so well, even though it took ‘mighty mouse’ with all his strength to handle the tool, our friends and family said we should make it available for others! The idea went from my needing a "better mouse trap" to the process of retaining a patent attorney, applying for a patent, locating a manufacturer, marketing, advertising, website design, demonstrations, and finally sales! Now we have the Gutter Clutter Buster® in our hot little hands to provide a safer, faster, easier and cleaner method for others to clean rain gutters.
It was so important to both my husband and I that if we were going to manufacture this new gutter cleaning tool it had to be "Made In the USA!" Even though we had been approached by brokers, who told us we could make it for 70% less if made in China, we refused to out-source our invention to somewhere other than the USA.
We love our country and even though our economy is not at its best, we wanted to provide jobs for our countrymen and women and not someone overseas. We prayed that if we were to do this that every door would open for our customer's best interest. And, it did!
We recently completed our commitment and pledge which we made prior to our first sale. We’ve pledged to donate $1 from the sale of our product to our local food bank, so that those in need and the homeless could have warm meals, cold drinks, and a place to rest, knowing that somebody cares for them! We honored that pledge and donate to Our Daily Bread of Bradenton, Florida which feeds 250 people a day for one month. And, our pledge continues even today as you read this!
We give praise, honor and glory to Father God for all His blessings, "pressed down, shaken together and overflowing".
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Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb & Julie Edelman
Premiere - Gutter Clutter Buster - (click here to view)
Today Show - NBC TV
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September 21, 2012
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We stress the importance of "vacuuming" rather than "blowing" debris, due to the additional clean-up required after blowing debris onto your roof, bushes, windows, furniture, flower beds and yourself. Should you still wish to blow debris just add the "blower nozzle" that came with your wet/dry vac.
Many of our customers ask, "What brand wet/dry vac do you recommend?" This is your choice and we only suggest three important issues when considering your wet/dry purchase;
(1) be sure it has the large 2.5" wet/dry vac hose (at both ends) and,
(2) that it has a minimum 5 HP motor; and,
(3) that it has a large canister so you won't be emptying it so often, with large wheels to pull through all terrain around the area.
Remember our products performance is directly related to the suction power of the wet/dry vacuum it is used with. The larger the motor, the stronger the suction, the better it works.
Dear Gutter Clutter Buster,
I hope this product is doing well for you. If it isn’t it should be.
This is why I endorse your product. As a Fl. Licensed Residential Contractor, InterNachi Certified Master Home Inspector, Licensed Fl. Home Inspector and Owner of a large Insurance Inspection Company, I have been up and down more ladders in a month than most people will climb in a lifetime.
My own Miracle happened on August 21, 2012. A routine roof inspection; snap two pictures from the ladder and come down, no problem but on this day, this simple task was anything but routine.
I was descending the ladder, the ladder flipped over, and I fell 8 feet onto a cement sidewalk. I knew when I landed I broke my back. My cell phone in the car and an empty neighborhood. This was a bad position to be in. I was finally spotted by couple on a golf cart, about 45 minutes later, and they called 911. Upon reaching the hospital the first thing they asked me was, “What were you doing, cleaning gutters?”
Certified Residential Contractor
Fl Licensed Home Inspector
Certified Master Inspector
Lighthouse Property Inspection Services, Inc.
Mr. Ungar, we thank you for caring and sharing with our readers the importance of being extremely careful at all times while using a ladder, under any conditions.
Mr. Ungar is also correct in assuming that there are millions of reported injuries and sadly even deaths reported, due to falls from a ladder while maintaining a roof or cleaning rain gutters.
This was the main reason for our Invention. Keeping maintenance crews, homeowners, businesses employees, and other folks safely on the ground while cleaning and completing required maintenance projects throughout the entire year.
Our goal is to "help others help themselves" by staying well, staying safe, and staying off ladders while doing their Fall clean-ups.