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Cheapest DIY Chimney Sweep from the bottom up??

 
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We have a double hip roof on a true two story 101 year old home with a steep pitch, so the chimney cap is another story and a half up for venting/smoke.  Only way up there is going to a lot of scaffolding.

I saw this:  Rotary Soot Cleaner at Home Depot for $50, and I was wondering if anyone can think of a way to use that system's replacement head (it's only $10) or some other inexpensive DIY method of getting all the nasties out from the bottom up?
 
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Could that be attached to a plumber's snake?

 
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That's a forehead slapper for me: I'm a retired commercial builder.  Plumbers have always been my bane..., tl;dr Doh!

But it may not be rigid enough in a small (read as: inexpensive) diameter cable.  Worth a shot though.

Anyone else have a sounding?
 
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Here is my $20, 10 minute flue cleaning DIY:

(3) 10' sections of 1/2" CPVC
(3) 1/2" CPVC glue to male thread fittings
(2) 1/2" CPVC glue to female thread fittings
(1) Galvanized 1/2" to 1/4" threaded bushing
(1) Chimney brush (in my case, under $9 and 6" round wire)
And some CPVC/PVC primer and glue.  If you don't have it, borrow a few dabs


Literally took about 3 minutes to put together, and less than 7 minutes to clean about two ash buckets of creosote from the flue.

Your results may vary.  


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Remember to tighteen the brush to the bushing or you'll be playing Santa Clause going up there to retrieve it.
 
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Merry Labor Day Everyone!
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Fireplace Porkchops (might as well use the flue warming fire before I do the second clean, eh?)
 
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