Cleaning Chimney CAp

nate379 Posted By nate379, Feb 15, 2013 at 1:08 AM

  1. nate379

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    What is the easiest way to clean the chimney cap if it can't be reached from the roof without having to tear the chimney apart?
     
  2. Highbeam

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    You talking about cleaning it from below from inside the pipe?
     
  3. Ashful

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    If you can't reach it, this should do the job of knocking off the creosote. No word on whether it will tear your chimney apart.

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    You could use a sooteater and get a second head leaving the whips long so they scrub out the inside of the cap.
     
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    I also use this approach. I usually have wife go outside with the binoculars to tell me when I reach the cap area. I think this year I am going to paint the head of the soot eater a florescent orange/bright color, so its a little easier to see when the head reaches the cap area.
     
  6. charly

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    I agree ,, my soot eater cleans my cap as well... Before attaching the last section to my drill I feel for the cap top, then I have an idea of how much rod distance to reach the cap... once there I just spin the drill in both directions,, not too fast or you'll start tearing off lines... works great..
     
  7. nate379

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    I have a soot eater, but the strings are cut to fit the pipe. Should I have left them long??
     
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    My pipe is about 9 ish feet from the roof on a 6/12 pitch. I broke my back a few years ago after falling off a roof while roofing, so I'm a bit gunshy about rigging up ladders to get to the cap.
    Rather nit spend 100$ or whatever to have it done.
     
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    I left my lines the correct size for the pipe and it worked fine a week ago,, and they had already been previously used... That head oscillates back and forth once the strings pop up out of the pipe and are in the cap area.. I also rotate the drill in both directions once at the cap.
     
  10. nate379

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    Ok. I wasn't sure how well it was actually cleaning it being that I can't really see the inside of it.

     

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