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Removing Items from a Heater Duct

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My husband dropped a plastic paint stirrer into the heat duct. It seems to have landed near the gas furnace. Does anyone have any suggestions as to who might be able to get it out. Maybe a duct cleaning service or HVAC?

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By Connie from Washington, DC

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September 30, 20090 found this helpful

If you can see it, you might try these ideas. If you have a gripper (extended grabber for reaching things up high, or for picking things off the ground) then it might angle down there. If not, do you have an old hanger you can unwind and stick a cork stopper on the end. When it's there, put some hot glue on the stopper, and get it to the wood fast. Then, leave it about 30 seconds and try it that way.
If you call the hvac people and they tell you it's not close to the flame, you might just leave it there.
Good luck!

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September 30, 20090 found this helpful

Some ducts in older homes are easily taken apart in the basement. Newer homes often have the duct seams sealed up with a glue like substance.

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If you get them apart, take the time to vacuum and clean them out!

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October 1, 20090 found this helpful

Try using a unbent coat hanger with a blob of fresh chewed gum on it. I did this when my son dropped his game down ours.

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