LOTS of crap dropped into furnace ducts!

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Old 01-11-11, 03:18 AM
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LOTS of crap dropped into furnace ducts!

House was built 1930, we have three levels. On the second level, there is an uncovered heating duct opening that serves an an output for the gas heat flow (we cannot find the right size cover). In the basement we have square sheet metal duct sleeves connected together in a way that I have yet to figure out. They appeared to be connected at the seams by an overlay of metal. At the bottom of a few of the square sleeves is a hole. I recently discovered that our 3 year old has thrown MANY items down the heating duct/vent, and I can see and hear that it's horribly clogged up with these things.

How do I get them out?

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Old 01-11-11, 03:08 PM
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If you can see the items you might be able to fish them out with a wire shaped like a hook or something. but when you do you might dislodge the other things and they might fall further down.
what are these holes you are talking about in the bottom. Is there air coming out of them?
also if you can reach with a small shop vac hose and the items are big enough you can use the suction to grab a hold of them and pull out.
 
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Old 01-11-11, 03:22 PM
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Perhaps you can try a vacuum with very long extensions? That's worked for me before.
 
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Old 01-11-11, 04:05 PM
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1-1/2" PVC pipe makes good extensions. You can even glue a threaded male adapter on one end and female adapter on the other. You can make each section short enough to maneuver into the opening then just screw on additional sections as you shove it in.
 
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