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I worked

I worked Saturday but took a much needed break Saturday night to join some friends at a bonfire. I worked all day and night Sunday. And yet, this project drags on. I should have blazed through this part of this particular project but it has been like trying to run through chest deep waters. I am terribly frustrated and dejected.

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And 4 Firetrucks Flashed at the End of My Street


Three days ago I bought a rick of wood (that’s a 4×8 tightly stacked rectangle of corded wood for a fireplace or stove). I also bought a wire brush to clean my own flue. I am having seconds thoughts about not hiring Chimney Sweeps West. That evening, as I prepared dinner, I noticed some large trucks at the end of the road. I quickly dismissed them as moving trucks and realized they were fire trucks! Racing down the street to see which house was on fire, I counted 4 trucks and saw firemen on the roof. I figured the house was a goner but the next night the porch lights were on and the interior lights were on. Perhaps it was a flue fire. Today I got the story.

Sure enough, their flue caught on fire. Rural Metro turned on their meter to the tune of $1000 per hour per fire engine. They brought four engines on the assumption that this house was going to go up quickly. The fire was contained in the brickwork of the chimney. Dry chemicals were put down the chimney but could not stop the fire. The firemen went into their kitchen, got all their cooking flour, went onto the roof, and dropped the flour down the chimney. A fireball erupted from the chimney and extended 20 feet into the air burning the life out of the flue fire. In a dramatic light show, the house was saved…well…until Rural Metro puts a lien on it for their services.

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For the record…

If you decide to use the cleaning feature on your oven, and there is a fish stick left in the oven, the fish stick will burst into flame. The oven door will be locked because that’s what the cleaning function does. Since the oven gets so hot during the cleaning process, it locks tight and won’t open until the inside cools even if you abort the cleaning process. So you stand by helplessly holding a useless fire extinguisher watching through the oven window as the 15 centimeter tall flame burns bigger and brighter and the over continues to report "cooling" and your mind starts calculating the cost of replacing the stove.

Lesson: Pre-clean the oven before using the cleaning feature of the oven.

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