I drilled a hole in the fireplace flue


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First of all, yes the condition is dangerous. You have compromised the integrity of a part designed to protect you from smoke and toxic gasses that are released by combustion. Released into a relatively confined spaces these bad gasses can accumulate and pose health hazards. Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide are your primary concerns here.

But you haven't put the people below you in any danger. You've put yourself in danger. The gasses will be releasing into your unit, not theirs.

Since this is an apartment you should first notify your landlord of the issue. You will be responsible for the repairs, so you can offer to fix it yourself, but your landlord has the right to know of the damage and risk and you have a legal and ethical obligation to inform him.

For repairs, you'll need to open up the wall to get access to the flue. Then you can patch the small hole with metal (MUST BE METAL) tape - this is available at most box stores and is specifically designed for...

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Your approach may depend on a few things.....age of the brick and condition of the mortar joints.

The older the brick usually the softer it gets....easier to drill through. If you have mortar joints that are deteriorating.. i.e. you can break pieces off with your fingers I would try to stay away from it. if you drill through the mortar and do a lot of damage you can create gaps cracks and holes that could allow excess moisture and such to penetrate your walls. If you live in an area that has cold winters any moisture that gets into the cracks could freeze, expand in your wall, and cause heaving....not good!!

I would go ahead and go for the center of a brick.....try for dead center just to give yourself more of the meat of the brick. Caulk any holes or cracks with a good silicon or weatherproof caulk and you should be...

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Thanks for the advice. I found an explanation at this web site:


An excerpt is included below for reference.

Next comes the equally important job of adjusting the furnace for
maximum efficiency. This cannot be done by visual inspection alone; it
requires four different measurements made through a pencil-sized hole
in the flue pipe, close to the furnace. Do not worry about flue gases
escap-ing through this hole. In a properly adjusted furnace, this will
not happen.

After the furnace has been running for about 15 minutes to a steady
flue temperature, a sample of the flue gases is tested for its smoke
content and the draft pressure is checked. Then the final two
measurements are taken to determine the steady-state efficiency of the
furnace: the temperature and the carbon dioxide or oxygen content of
the flue gases leaving the...

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Hmmm....food for thought here....thanks chaps.

Dafinity's point about resale value is a very good one. Planning to move in a year or two but deperate to get rid of the gargantuan TV stand currently occupied by a 32" CRT, Xbox, Xbox 360, playstation, AV kit, switchbox and skybox! (Boyfriend is a serious gamer...)

Up and over is also something I hadn't thought of!

The chimney breast is one of those 50's ones which sticks out into the room a couple of feet - I have big cupboards either side all along the wall.

Maybe a less destructive way forward would be to fix a false wall to the existing one (I'm thinking plasterboard on batons) and drop the cables down the cavity - would also help resolve the distance from the wall issue I've read about on...

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Dear Friends,

Last year, we had problems with our gas furnace. A technician came in to fix the problem. While he was troubleshooting, he put a small hole in the flue pipe and inserted a small rod to read the flue temperature. After that, he put a small button like cover to close the hole.

Recently, last week I found out that the button cover was on the floor. I don't know when it fell. I put it back to cover the hole.

Can the harmful flue products like CO escape through such a small hole?

The small cover keeps on falling. Every day, I have to check this out. can this small hole be open for some hours without causing any harm to us?

Any idea? thank you.

It depends on what type of furnace you have. If you have a furnace that has induced draft (a small fan that starts up before anything else happens when the thermostat calls for heat) then you may be getting a small amount of flue gas out of that hole before the chimney's natural...
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