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    Default A new one on me

    I inspected a POC foreclosure today. Basement fireplace with gas logs that didn't light (client tried to light them).
    Right off the bat I found the damper wouldn't open even after pushing pretty hard on the lever - and no damper stop installed. No manf.tags for the gas logs . No gas shut off valve found anywhere except at gas meter.

    Ok, so I have a pretty good list to write down in the report.

    I've been on the roof and in the attic. Got more to write down about the chimney crown, etc.

    I'm on my 2nd trip thru the basement when it dawns on me, that the fireplace does not seem to line up with the chimney. So I grab my ladder and pop up some ceiling tiles. OMG!

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    Default Re: A new one on me

    I'm in love. Do you have the contractors name. I've been wondering about some creative way to file a huge insurance claim.
    Nice catch! I'm sure you'll be getting some good referrals from that one.

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    Cool Re: A new one on me

    Great catch Jack! You just saved a life. BTW, that draft inducer is pressurizing the rest of that now ruined B-vent. That means you not only have a fire hazard but a CO issue as well. This is criminal. The only way this mess can be fixed is to tear it out and install a new (preferrably factory built) fireplace.

    Where's the vent termination? Any more pics? Yes, I'm greedy.

    Bob

    Keep the fire in the fireplace.

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    Default Re: A new one on me

    The vent terminates in the "real" chimney.

    It is a real mess. I could have just left it as ...damper needs repair, etc.

    If the basement ceiling had been drywall instead of a dropped ceiling, I would have never been able to see this mess. Or if I hadn't taken the extra time to go get my ladder and pop the tiles to follow my hunch.

    JF


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    Default Re: A new one on me

    Danger Will Robinson, Danger, Danger....!

    The insurers would deny coverage on this set up!

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