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    Something I had Never Seen...

    Perhaps this thread can grow with items people pick up that they have never seen or consider oddities. I mentioned a couple weeks ago I picked up a load of curbco trash and amongst the items I got was something I had never seen before. It is 4 inch snap together ducting, but instead of aluminum or galvanized, it was copper. Pretty thick, too. I thought it might be interesting to show you guys. Has to be from an old cracker house. My guess would be '30's or '40's.

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    Folks in high end neighborhoods around here (Ross Perot, Mark Cuban, Don Henley, etc...) use copper for their guttering & downspouts.
    Out of clutter, find simplicity. --Albert Einstein

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    Could be an insert for flowers at a grave site.
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    No, it is folded and pinched, it is not snap together (I just checked), but it is the same size as 4" ducting. I guess it could be a downspout for copper gutters, but I would think it was a bit large diameter for that. The other clue was that they had just torn their kitchen apart and thrown the debris to the road.

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    I love those days. Like when i once opened a old fridge & found the icebox was made of Brass sheetig with Copper tubeing Silver soldered to it.

    I think its downpipe, if it was rectangular i would say "definitely downpipe"

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    Nah, it's definitely 4" duct. I've worked with the steel & aluminum versions for years. It's used for different things. Something that small might have been used as a dryer vent. Another possibility would be the vent pipe for a gas fired water heater. Remote possibility ... ducting for a range hood. Even more remote, 4" sewer vent.

    Those are about the only 4" building mechanicals that i can think of.

    What's the inside look like T. ? That might give a clue as to what it was used for.

    Any sign that they soldered the joints where the sections joined ?

    Did they crimp one end so that the sections would slide together ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hills View Post
    Nah, it's definitely 4" duct. I've worked with the steel & aluminum versions for years. It's used for different things. Something that small might have been used as a dryer vent. Another possibility would be the vent pipe for a gas fired water heater. Remote possibility ... ducting for a range hood. Even more remote, 4" sewer vent.

    Those are about the only 4" building mechanicals that i can think of.

    What's the inside look like T. ? That might give a clue as to what it was used for.

    Any sign that they soldered the joints where the sections joined ?

    Did they crimp one end so that the sections would slide together ?
    Nothing inside from what I can see. Could be an old vent fan duct, but they are usually ick with grease, so maybe unused vent. There is one joint in the piece I have and it is soldered together, but not like a water pipe. It is more of a spot solder just to hold the pieces from becoming separated. no crimping in the sections I have, but they are slid slightly inside one another.

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    Found this push sweeper thing sunday night. It was down a dead end street, im looking like what is that thing, it has to be plastic. Never seen one before. Sorry for the poor quality pic but it got dark and wanted to get a pic before it got burried in my shred pile
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    I have actually built one for a customer that wanted to use it to sweep leaves from her driveway. She complained that it didn't pick up the leaves very well. I commented to her that it did a pretty good job of picking the leaves from her pocket.

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    This one didnt work to great either... Straight to the junk pile

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    Our University used copper for gutters, downspouts and roofing on alot of the buildings. Even the new student garage has all copper roofs and gutters. I drool when I see it all up there .
    Could very well be a downspout as that looks to be the same size as what is on some of out buildings.
    Remember... wherever you go... there you are

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    Now this is one nice chunk of copper.

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    When i worked on Hydropower stations, all their roofs were quality Copper sheeting, something to do with lightning strikes.
    About that time the price of Copper was climbing very quickly & people were searching for old photos of their construction so they could figure out where the Copper offcuts were dumped & buried.
    Same with sheep abattoirs, freezing works.

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