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Sooteater rod broke

Post in 'The Gear' started by ssbn642blue, Jan 29, 2011.

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  1. ssbn642blue

    ssbn642blue New Member

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    I started to clean from the bottom up going through a 90 degree clean out tee. I got the first white rod though the tee and attached a black rod and got about3 feet past the tee when the white rod broke about 1/2 inch from the metal coupling.

    Of course the white rod stayed in the chimney. I was a bit miffed to say the least. I did manage to get the rod out, but what did I do to break the rod? Drill speed too fast? I really don't know.

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  2. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

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    Wish I could help- do you have a photo of the broken rod? I have used mine a couple of times without issue and that is with an offset in my flue and a 33' run going throught the thimble.

    Maybe the head got caught up? I have had mine pretty cranked without any concerns. Also, how old are the rods? Are any of the others showing signs of wear?

    I wonder if Gardus would provide a new rod?
  3. ssbn642blue

    ssbn642blue New Member

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    I just bought this brand new about a week ago. I'm not sure how the head could have bound up on anything since it was 3 feet above the tee. ????
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