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Post By: keegs » Thu. Dec. 21, 2017 12:09 pm

Considering whether it makes sense to clean my chimney. My 28' ladder won't get me to the top of the chimney so I'll have to do everything from below. Whether through the clean-out or the thimble, there's about a 2' horizontal run to the main vertical run up. It looks like most of the chimney brush kits come with 3' x 3/8" fiberglass rods. I'm wondering whether any chimney rod can make this kind of turn up or do I need to go with a more flexible (and likely expensive) rod? Also, how do rod thickness and length factor in to flexibility?

Your thoughts please?

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Post By: franco b » Thu. Dec. 21, 2017 6:52 pm

A flat plumber's snake might be better.

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Post By: CapeCoaler » Thu. Dec. 21, 2017 7:36 pm

The cleanout should be the better choice...
Less or no horizontal run...
You will never get the brush to make a 90* turn into the chimney...
A tape will not have the strength to do a push up the chimney...

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Post By: keegs » Thu. Dec. 21, 2017 10:00 pm

CapeCoaler wrote:
Thu. Dec. 21, 2017 7:36 pm
The cleanout should be the better choice...
Less or no horizontal run...
You will never get the brush to make a 90* turn into the chimney...
A tape will not have the strength to do a push up the chimney...
There's no difference in horizontal run between the clean out and the thimble. The thimble is round though and the clean out is square.

Rutland advertises a 6' x 1/4" rod that will do a 90. I think it's difficult in my situation. The flue is 6" x 6". That's a pretty tight turn.

There's a plumber's snake that's much stiffer than I'd imagine tape would be. I think it's a kind of wound steel that forms a flexible steel cable. Either way though, you'd have to attach a brush to the end of it. Not sure how you would do that.

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Post By: franco b » Thu. Dec. 21, 2017 11:15 pm

Has a pipe thread just like the cleaning rods. You want the flat steel plumbers snake. About 1/2 inch wide.

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Post By: CapeCoaler » Fri. Dec. 22, 2017 1:46 am

Ah yes that kind of snake...
Might do the trick...
Use them for clearing blockages in the septic pipes...

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Post By: keegs » Fri. Dec. 22, 2017 6:04 am

Yeah... and I can probably rent one first to see if it works. Thanks for the tips guys.

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