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  1. #1
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    Oct 2009
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    100% Effiecient Thermopride

    Found this one a couple of months ago. I love doing contract work for another oil company and getting to go where no one has been or dared to venture in ages. Call was for an oil fumes smell in the house. Customer said they had noticed the smell for the past week. A week? More like years if you ask me.

    The pre-fab chimney was missing its cap so the rain caused the smoke pipe to rust out at the elbow. The duct directly under the rusted out smoke pipe is the RETURN air duct which had a huge hole rusted through it. Oh, and it was running when I arrived. I killed the power real fast and went in search of my camera.

    I showed the homeowner and her son the photos I'd taken, explained what was going on and informed them that someone would be out the next day to give them a quote on a chimney, fix the duct work etc. Oh and you might want to invest in a space heater or two because I'm leaving this thing turned off. I get to listen to the old "it's been heating real good, I just don't like that oil smell." Yes, and you're lucky you did not either die of CO poisoning or set your house on fire. I love how one homeowner will be worried to death over something dumb like a humming relay and another will act as though having almost set their house on fire or worse is no big deal.

    Glad I gave the big boss a heads up and showed him what I'd run in to since the customer called their oil dealer the next day to say that all I'd done was go under their house for a few minutes, cut their heat off and leave without telling them a thing. Isn't this work fun?

  2. #2
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    Jun 2004
    Western MA.
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    Is that thing just laying in the dirt?

    Also love how they just cut the floor joist for the return and never bothered to install a header.
    I love overtime I just hate working for it.

  3. #3
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    May 2006
    Raleigh N.C.
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    Looks like central N.C.,before code, it was dig a trench, drag it under the house and level it with a couple of stones. Oh, how I miss residential oil, belly crawling in trash,oil,mud and soot. White socks turning grey,wife making me undress at the back door before letting me in the house,NOT!
    Damn phosgene

  4. #4
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    Apr 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1816flintlock View Post
    I love how one homeowner will be worried to death over something dumb like a humming relay and another will act as though having almost set their house on fire or worse is no big deal.
    I know what you mean. I just left a service call about a couple of hours ago and shut the furnace down. It was a Quaker oil-fired floor furnace with what amounted to a 2 foot long crack in the heat exchanger large enough to stick your finger through. Yeah, they called about fumes and sooting, and I promptly shut the thing down and told them why. I tagged the furnace out, shut off the oil and the electric, and disabled the primary control and burner motor. The customer was pissed I was leaving them without heat, and I said it's better being cold than dead. The customer than said he was going to put the furnace back into operation, and I said as long as he signs the ticket stating he was told it was a hazard to life and property and that it was shut down for safety concerns I don't care what he does afterwards.
    Not as lean, not as mean, but I'm still a hardcore, ass-kicking, hard charging Marine! Oohrah!

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