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    Wanna see what Hell looks like?

    You are staring into a 5" flue going into a chimney. Gas company told customer that furnace needs to be checked out before it runs since it hasn't run in over a year. I cranked it up and felt it wasn't drafting right (way older natural draft carrier furnace). Pulled the flue out of the chimney and found this:Name:  IMG_2520.jpg
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    The only thing we figured this could be was a rodent of some sort. I had to take paddle bit and grind it up just to get it out of there because it was so big.

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    great picture.

    Probably a possum or something that was attracted to the warmth.

    I'm not sure if that's what hell looks like though. I once was asked to do a job in a crawl space and found the sewer line was broken in two. Anyway I'm sure you can imagine what it looked like down there and apparently the homeowner wasn't aware of the problem for several months.

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    Looks like something out of Doom
    Experience - knowing when to get the hell out of the way and plug your ears. "Don't be a sissy. Turn it on!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highheadpressur View Post
    You are staring into a 5" flue going into a chimney. Gas company told customer that furnace needs to be checked out before it runs since it hasn't run in over a year. I cranked it up and felt it wasn't drafting right (way older natural draft carrier furnace). Pulled the flue out of the chimney and found this:Name:  IMG_2520.jpg
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    The only thing we figured this could be was a rodent of some sort. I had to take paddle bit and grind it up just to get it out of there because it was so big.
    Did you watch the movie Alien? Better have your gut x-rayed... Just sayin! It did not work out well for S. Weaver!

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    Looks like something from Aliens.

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    I found something like that in a Rheem once...
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    Quote Originally Posted by billg View Post
    I found something like that in a Rheem once...
    O M G! Watch out Ripley!

    The genius of the United States Constitution - when it frustrates the government, you know it is working.

    RIP Mr. Gizmo; end of watch 10/27/16

    It was a good situation, until everything went wrong!
    Rub some dirt on it and walk it off...
    We will always know it should have worked!

    “Don't believe signature quotes.” - George Washington

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    I never saw Aliens, but I'd venture to say its just as gruesome as this dead 'possum
    3 things are guaranteed in life: Death, Taxes and the customer messing with the thermostat while the tech is checking the charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Colver View Post
    great picture.

    Probably a possum or something that was attracted to the warmth.

    I'm not sure if that's what hell looks like though. I once was asked to do a job in a crawl space and found the sewer line was broken in two. Anyway I'm sure you can imagine what it looked like down there and apparently the homeowner wasn't aware of the problem for several months.
    Been down that road too. It was under a trailer and they were complaining no air on one side of the double wide. The crossover flex was destroyed and right near it was the main sewer pipe. It came unglued from the toilet flange and needless to say there was a nice pile of poo and toilet paper sitting there.
    3 things are guaranteed in life: Death, Taxes and the customer messing with the thermostat while the tech is checking the charge.

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    Could be a possum!
    -----Stop, step back, relax and have another go at it.-----

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    It’s opossum FWIW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrammel View Post
    It’s opossum FWIW.
    DR possum nazi!

    The genius of the United States Constitution - when it frustrates the government, you know it is working.

    RIP Mr. Gizmo; end of watch 10/27/16

    It was a good situation, until everything went wrong!
    Rub some dirt on it and walk it off...
    We will always know it should have worked!

    “Don't believe signature quotes.” - George Washington

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    Yup , ive been in the broken sewer pipe crawls 2 times before. On 1 the landlord was there and begged me not to leave, and he cut up this big ass carpet to make a path to the AH to change blower motor.

    I will admit that was the first carpeted crawlspace i ever been in , but talk about Stank ! Shoooo Weeeeeee

    Before going in i said 500 bucks , hes like you got it....

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