The Ultimate iRobot Looj Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Most homeowners consider cleaning the gutters to be the worst chore in the house. Now you can (almost) look forward to the task with the Looj, a remote-controlled robot introduced by iRobot in 2007. Take our quiz and see how this adorable minirobot can make quick work of one of your least favorite jobs.

What is the biggest danger when cleaning gutters?

There are more than 164,000 ladder-related injuries every year in the United States, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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What company produces the Looj gutter cleaner?

In 2006, iRobot held a new design competition. The winner was a remote-controlled robot that can clean your gutters.

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Which of the following are key components of the Looj gutter cleaner?

Engineer Jim Lynch combined an electric screwdriver and a toy truck to create the cleverly designed Looj gutter cleaner.

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Why is iRobot's gutter-cleaning robot called the Looj?

The Looj reminded inventor Jim Lynch of the Olympic sport of luge, where a sled travels through a narrow track, much like the gutter-cleaning Looj. The double-O spelling is reminiscent of other iRobot products, such as the Roomba.

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Which part of the Looj actually shovels the leaves out of your gutter?

The auger agitates its long screws to push and scoop the leaves out of a gutter. The auger has flexible flaps that do the scooping.

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What propels the Looj through your gutter?

Two treads help the Looj navigate through gutters without getting stuck.

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The Looj is capable of working in:

The Looj can tackle jobs in up to one foot (0.305 meters) of water.

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The Looj gets its power from:

The internal motor of the Looj's auger is powered by a rechargeable 7.2 volt nickel-cadmium battery.

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Where is the electronic controller located in the Looj?

The electronic controller commands the auger motor and the drive motor and is located in the Looj's removable handle, which is powered by two AAA batteries.

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The Looj's handle doubles as a:

The Looj's handle does double duty as a remote control, using radio frequency to transmit instructions to the robot from a distance of up to 75 feet (about 23 meters).

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Which Looj accessory helps keep you safe while using the Looj to clean your gutters?

Both the belt clip, which keeps your hands on the ladder, and the removable remote control help keep you safe from falls while working with the Looj to clean your gutters.

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The Looj is available in how many models?

The Looj comes in three models: the 125, 135 and 155, each available with slightly different accessories.

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What are some drawbacks of the Looj?

Because the Looj cannot turn corners or negotiate uneven surfaces, its application for older, non-standard gutters is limited. However, if your home has a simple roofline and newer, standard gutters, it may be right for you.

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What type of vacuum cleaner can be used to clean out your gutters?

With a special roof-cleaning accessory kit, a wet-dry vacuum can be adapted to either blow debris out of the gutter or vacuum it up. Also available is an extender that hooks over the edge of the gutter, so you can stay on the ground for most of the job.

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What is the width of the Looj?

The Looj measures 2 1/4 inches high and 3 1/4 inches wide (5.72 by 8.26 centimeters), narrow enough to negotiate a standard gutter.

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