Not Looking up that Flue!

Originally Posted By: psabados
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Had a good one yesterday. One unit of the six unit condominium, 19 years old, hasn’t been occupied in nearly two years. Current owner has gone through and extensively upgraded the kitchen and first floor areas.


Aside from the typical mis-wiring of all receptacles and a few minor plumbing problems all went well. That is, unit it was time to inspect the fireplace.

Original pre-fab unit, no gas installed and a fair amount of soot and ash in the FP itself. Opened the glass, checked the plates everything looked OK
Could not get the damper valve to open, stuck closed. Everything was connected and I could see the valve trying to release. Hit it with the soft side of my Klein screwdriver and tried again

Well it opened, falling into the fireplace was a large pile of debris, mud and oh yeah about 30 PO'd wasp's. Thank goodness it was cool, they were not very active at the time.

First words out of my mouth was Oh crap, we've got a problem. I hate using the word problem too. Agent and buyer came over to the FP asked what was wrong, I showed them. Next thing I know they're out of the house. Closed the door on the FP. Waited to see what the wasps were doing.

Told them that I wasn't sticking my head in the FP to view the flue. Hey call for chimney sweep for further eval. but let them know what's in there OK!

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Gave them one shot at the damper and flue only, they were starting to warm up


Originally Posted By: Blaine Wiley
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I don’t like wasps or bees.


Worst I ever had was a family of dead squirrels partially decayed. They stunk, and I jumped. Everyone left the room because of the smell from the fireplace.

Blaine


Originally Posted By: kpapp
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I sure hope knocking wasps outta the fire place isnt the new way of getting a buzz eusa_whistle.gif


Originally Posted By: dvalley
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Paul,


So how was your heart after this happened?
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David Valley
MAB Member

Massachusetts Certified Home Inspections
http://www.masscertified.com

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

Originally Posted By: psabados
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David


80 to 160 in 1.3 seconds. The 1.3 seconds is the time the eyes make contact with the brain and then the brain going into panic.

The buyer and her agent make it out the door in 1.2

Paul