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Recommend a drone for roof inspection

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Recommend a drone for roof inspection

I am at that age where ladders are no fun anymore so I would like to get a drone to inspect my roof and gutters and maybe blow some of the debris on the roof away with the rotor wash. Not looking to spend more than $200. Any recommendations?
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I wouldn’t count on doing any debris removal with the prop wash.

I’ve got a Tello drone that would work for taking video. It was around $120. Or Holy stone sells more on Amazon.

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Make sure your neighbours are ok with this. Otherwise you may get a visit from police. :)
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Perhaps buy one off Kijiji and sell it afterwards? Or contact someone selling one locally and offer them some money to have them use it for an hour.
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My house is surrounded by forest so the neighbours can go f--- themselves Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes I would like to have one I can use periodically over the year so borrowing or renting is no an option really. Kijjiji doesn't have much for sale in my area.
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I got the Tello boost combo for $135 a couple of years ago and use it about twice a year to inspect my shingles. I don’t have experience with any other drones but like the fact that in Tello I can watch the video live on my phone.
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Any ali express drones for under 100bux will give you a FOV/POV view of the roof on your phone. None of them will clean it. A friend of mine had a heavy 8lb drone with a real camera and when I was there to help him test it it didn't move much of the stuff from the ground and that was a big ass drone that was like $3K
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dazz wrote: Any ali express drones for under 100bux will give you a FOV/POV view of the roof on your phone. None of them will clean it. A friend of mine had a heavy 8lb drone with a real camera and when I was there to help him test it it didn't move much of the stuff from the ground and that was a big ass drone that was like $3K
Don't go too cheap though. I bought a small $30 drone and smashed it pretty soon after a few flights. They can't hover in place and are difficult to control. I can see one easily crashing into the roof.
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flopticalcube wrote: My house is surrounded by forest so the neighbours can go f--- themselves Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes I would like to have one I can use periodically over the year so borrowing or renting is no an option really. Kijjiji doesn't have much for sale in my area.
Then you definitely need a gutter check lol
Any random Amazon drone for $150-200 is probably good enough for your needs. But whatever you end up getting, practice flying for a while before attempting to check the roof. You don't want to have it get blown or swerve off into the trees. I had that happen years ago, and killed the motors.
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teoconca wrote: Make sure your neighbours are ok with this. Otherwise you may get a visit from police. :)
What is police going to do? Fine the neighbors? Drones under 200 g are legal to fly without licence. I am flying them on my property. Why would I even think about neighbors? It's like asking neighbors if it's OK if I cut my grass.
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alpovs wrote: What is police going to do? Fine the neighbors? Drones under 200 g are legal to fly without licence. I am flying them on my property. Why would I even think about neighbors? It's like asking neighbors if it's OK if I cut my grass.
They are legal as long as less than 250g including propeller guard. No guard and flying over people, you will be charged.
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I wish I could fly mine over my property. GTA has so many red zones. I see so many parents' taking their kids to fly them in my area and its clearly marked as no flight zones.
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ancnfamily wrote: They are legal as long as less than 250g including propeller guard. No guard and flying over people, you will be charged.
250g is even better. Such small toy drones almost always are sold with propeller guards. The original question was about inspecting the roof. I would be upset if people walked on my roof :)
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MaxGor wrote: I wish I could fly mine over my property. GTA has so many red zones. I see so many parents' taking their kids to fly them in my area and its clearly marked as no flight zones.
I think drones under 250g are exempt from no-fly zones. Someone, please correct me if I am wrong.
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alpovs wrote: I think drones under 250g are exempt from no-fly zones. Someone, please correct me if I am wrong.
There is a weight category that is exempt, can't remember exact weight, but about 200-250g.
Problem with those drones is they usually aren't great for checking roofs, too small and light with smaller motors and more likely to get blown around by a gust of wind. But considering where the OP seems to be situated, he can probably get a heftier drone and no one will care.
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I know OP says under $200...just wanted to state that this is exactly why I bought my Mavic Mini. The wind issue is not as bad with a good drone. I started off practicing on a $70 drone from Amazon and that thing would topple over if I breathed on it. OK, an exaggeration, but it did not hold up well when I got it into air flow from my table fan.

If you get a sub-$200 drone, I would recommend only taking it out on sunny non-windy days.
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When I needed to do something on my roof, I called one of my buddies and he went up there like it was nothing and the cost was Zero.

I do feel the OP's pain as I too don't like heights and I'm no longer a youngster. I have a 30ft antenna tower I want to climb to put my new antenna at higher elevation (plus take down the broken one), but of course... it's been a year and haven't garnered the stones to do it.
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alpovs wrote: It's like asking neighbors if it's OK if I cut my grass.
Your neighbour says no.
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I've used a Mavi Mini to inspect my roof.
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I may be moving towards spending a little more money. I might do some more research. Thx for all the input.

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