Monday, October 11, 2010

How to Clean a Chimney....Secret Agent Man Style

First: Put on a climbing harness and make sure it is secure. At this point attach rope to harness. Have son double check that the rope is anchored to the farm truck.
Second: Climb ladder to lofty heights of ancient farmhouse that the wife dearly loves. Walk across the roof until at the prime chimney spot. *Note the antennae ladder - far too unstable for a buff man to use.*


Third: Begin the task at hand. Use all muscles available.

Fourth: Reverse your position and get off of that roof.


Fifth: Gain brownie points with wife.


23 comments:

  1. My toes went all icy just looking at the angle of that roof! Secret agent man deserves being spoiled for a week after that!
    xoxo

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  2. you are a very good instructor :-)

    have a good week
    my children have a school break too, but two weeks they are very happy with this break. and the weather is fine

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  3. WOW!! My chimney is a piece of cake to clean compared to yours. I have a two story house to but the roof pitch isn't nearly as steep. Your hubbie definitely deserves some brownie points.

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  4. Great photos of secret agent man's overt action! We have a steep roof on our old house as well, but there's no secret agent man in the house so guess we'll have to hire 007.

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  5. Our chimney is due for it's bi-yearly cleaning soon. My husband is used to heights, so he is not bothered so much by the task -- but I can't relax until he's done and has his feet back on the ground.

    Kudos to your husband for doing this himself. Major brownie points all around!

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  6. We have a very steep roof on our old house as well but no secret agent man so guess we'll have to hire 007.

    Great photos!

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  7. So glad Agent Man is also a wise man taking lots of precautions to do the job.

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  8. Yikes! Scary job! I'm impressed.

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  9. Yikes! Glad he's safe and sound and hopefully your chimney's clean of any creosote deposits! :)

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  10. wow! this looks like a very delicate operation. i'm glad everybody made it thru safe and sound!

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  11. At least Dr. AiredaleParent never decided to clean the chimney- we hired someone for that- but this reminds me of his semi-annual trip to the roof for gutter cleaning. At least the Chez is not quite as tall as your house!

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  12. I will do most anything around a house but I won't, under any circumstances, do that.

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  13. Oh MY--that is quite a chimney. Your Sweep must really love you. What a good hubby you have:)
    Amy

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  14. Hubby got way up on our roof and got stuck once several years ago. I had to waddle my VERY pregnant self to the roof and help him. Plus, it became a windy day just as problems started. It was interesting!I think Murphy's Law always happens at times like that.
    Have a great week!

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  15. From where I come from, touching those cleaning a chimney gives luck.

    All the very best for you all and a good Tuesday as well.


    daily athens

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  16. I hope he earned at least a years worth of brownie points for that job!

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  17. Okay, now that's just funny!
    Love this post.

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  18. Was 'wife' watching nervously? LOL! That's a nice chore to have done! We're washing windows presently. Can't believe how much better we can see out now! ha.

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  19. Yikes! I feel jittery just looking at that steep roof.
    ow brave of him! And how very brave of you to let him;))

    Yay for Clean Chimneys:)
    (And brave people who will do it!)

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  20. If I were there I would have been so nervous the whole time he was on the roof! Glad he got the job done safely. Whew!

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  21. Terrific reportage... My compliments to Secret Agent Man! I won't probably be able to do that, but I'll give it a try gladly.

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  22. Congrats to Secret Agent Man...you can be warm and toasty and safe now!

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  23. Betsy - I was watching and photographing the event!

    B Squared - My husband hates to pay for services that he can do himself, thus it is a lot of DIY around here.

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