March 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

The Chimney Sweep is one of the oldest professions and he has seen his share of tools over the years that are used to keep families safe by keeping chimney’s clear and safe.

Here is what today’s Chimney Sweep brings with him on the job to do a routine cleaning:

There is always a ladder or two on hand in case the chimney has to be entered from the roof, but whenever possible for safety reasons the work should be done from the bottom.

Rods, which are connected together and sent up the chimney’s flue to clean it.

Brushes, which are attached to the first rod, in different sizes to fit snug inside the flue, clean the inside of the chimney.

A shovel, to pick up ash left in the fireplace.

A dry vacuum, with good strength, to suck up all the dust and debris that comes down the chimney while the brush and rods are cleaning.

Goggles and gloves, of course, to stay safe and clean.

Various tools, to take out rusted dampers and remove chimney caps and attach chimney top dampers when needed.

And last but not least, smiles!

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