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Fun stuff we see in old buildings (not really heating related)

xmorganx Member Posts: 23
So on Monday I got to troubleshoot a chimney issue in a 50’s era building which turned out to be a shared chimney between a 2 million btu Cleaver Brooks and the former garbage incinerator (the garbage chute is still there, but no longer incinerates). Today I saw this (see photo). My best guess is an old central vac. Any ideas? These little tidbits are my favourite part of the job


  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,567
    sure looks like it.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,396
    Or a large dental office complex
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,950

    sure looks like it.

    I think you're right. Betcha Spencer made the blower- it looks like one of their pipe-organ blowers.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • retiredguy
    retiredguy Member Posts: 922
    Yes, it is a central vac. I have seen a few of these in my area.