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We’ve featured products like the Looj that’re supposed to help you clean your gutters, but what about cleaning out the downspout?   Well, you could try the AIRALEAVE, which connects your leaf blower to the bottom of your downspout.  It directs air up the downspout at high velocity, shooting leaves and debris out of the gutters like a dirty fountain.

The AIRALEAVE works with either 2″x3″ or 3″x4″ downspouts, and the universal blower end fits most blowers, but for best results you should use a blower with at least 215 MPH minimum velocity.  They list all kinds of warnings about proper safety equipment and clearing the area, but if you can’t figure this out for yourself, you’re probably too much of a danger to yourself and society to be reading this blog.

AIRALEAVE lists for $30, but if you pay that you’re out of your mind — if you want to give the AIRALEAVE a try it’s really only $10, but do yourself a favor and buy it from a reputable site like Amazon. The AIRALEAVE corporate site hawks a ton of other junk, from jewelry to mp3’s.  It looks so shady, we wouldn’t even trust it with Billy Mays’ credit card.

There’s really no reason you can’t go out and buy a cheap section of aluminum downspout and fashion something like this yourself, without the embarrassment of buying something featured on QVC.  But will this thing, or a home-built version, really work?  Let us know what you think in the comments.

AIRALEAVE [Corporate Site]
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7 Responses to As Seen On QVC: AIRALEAVE

  1. bemis says:

    I think I’ll stick to a more traditional method of cleaning my down spouts rather then risk getting a 215MPH surprise in the form of a rivet or acorn shot at my eyeball when a clogged, and not-designed-to-withstand-pressure down spout, decides to tear apart at a seam and the contents eject at high speed.

  2. kg2v says:

    I can see using this, and what happens about 1-2 seconds after you turn it on – You could make a REALLY funny scene in a comedy movie – really

  3. Roscoe says:

    I’ve done something similar with an ELECTRIC leaf blower and a clogged dryer vent- worked well in that application.

  4. Eric says:

    I can’t help but to picture a massive eruption of crud. They should ship that thing with rain gear.

  5. Zathrus says:

    If you really want to do this (and I’m not so sure it’s a good idea, although I doubt it’d rip the downspouts apart) then just use duct tape. As with Roscoe, I used an electric leaf blower and duct tape to blow out a dryer vent.

  6. Robert says:

    I just stick my leaf blowers nozzle into the downspout.

    Sure, it doesn’t seal really well, but the crud flies.

    NEVER wear clean clothes when doing this, and DO NOT LOOK UP when you first start!

    Any guesses as to how I learned those 2 tidbits?

  7. Old Coot says:

    I understand how this might clear a downspout, but how does it do anything for the gutters themselves?

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