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Furnasty takes on a new meaning!

DIY repair gone bad when furnasty bites back!

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  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,628
    I would be curious

    to find out how he got stuck in the first place. As I try to picture a furnace just what caused him to not be able to get free???
  • HDE_2
    HDE_2 Member Posts: 140
    It was a boiler

    While the media, and firemen for that matter refer to the unit as a "furnace" and sometimes "cast-iron furnace" it was a cast iron boiler that partially collapsed off its stand, when reaching underneath causing the cast iron block to collapse on his arm, against the jagged and rotted sheet metal, biting into is arm like a jagged saw blade, not allowing him to pull it out under the weight of the cast block and water.

    It was the boiler water he drank.
  • TJ_5
    TJ_5 Member Posts: 71
    Makes more sense now

    Story makes more sense now.
  • Mike Kusiak_2
    Mike Kusiak_2 Member Posts: 604
    Photos of the boiler

    Here are some pictures of the boiler in question. Looks like he got his arm caught between the cast iron sections.

    Can anyone identify the boiler make and model?
  • Bill_in_Delaware
    Bill_in_Delaware Member Posts: 4
    edited June 2010
    you HVAC guys are the greatest!!!

    Check out this link:


    Automatic TLC Energy in East Hartford, CT installed a new boiler for Jon at no charge!   If you look at the pictures, you can see the sections from the old boiler as they took them out of the house.  That might help in identifying the beast.

    I follow a number of trade forums and so many times, guys are abrupt or even rude to the many folks who aren't in the trades but are interested in them, like me.  You guys have always answered my questions and been really gracious and helpful.

    Often on this forum, you will see requests for prayers for others, expressions of concern, and collections for those who are going through tough economic times.  This incident shows once again what good guys you all are.  There haven't been any smart comments or second guesses about what happened to Jon.  And now, Automatic TLC Energy has come through with a new boiler.   HVAC guys are great!!
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