After cleaning the gutters so many times, we have finally installed screens on the gutters in an attempt to keep out leaves and birds. The birds drive me crazy! Sometimes I am certain that they are having a party up there. Instead of buying the highly priced precut mesh that is made for gutters, we decided to make our own and save $$. All you need is some mesh wire and a pair of pliers. That and lots of patience. The wire kept rolling back and scratching us when we were cutting the 6 inch strips. Ouch!
Once we had all the strips cut, we got up on the roof and started. The first section was put on with trial and error (and a bit of cursing) until we figured out the best way to get this wire on the gutter. You know how it is when you think it should be done one way and they think it should be a different way and then it doesn't matter because it actually had to be done a different way.
To add the screen, we had to pre-bend the wire so that it was cupped. Then, we put the wire in close to the roof first and forced the other side under the lip of the gutter. this was a little scary on the north side of the roof because the ground level is so far down. Since we don't want this to blow away, we used zip ties to tie the mesh to each gutter nail. How do you zip tie wire mesh if the nail is on the other side of the mesh? To do this, just make a loop out of one zip tie and use it like a hook to pull the other zip tie through. I suppose my crocheting days paid off with this idea :) We are not sure how well this screen will help keep the gutters clean, but it is worth a shot.
I thought that I was well enough after the Chikungunya virus to do a few hours of work to complete this project, but I was wrong. By the time we were done, my knees were shaking so much that the entire ladder was shaking. Lets just say I had a death grip on the ladder as I was coming down! The entire next day I stayed in bed (and the hammock) because I was so sore. I guess I will not attempt any other projects for a while...