Author Archives: Carl Newton

“New” Type Pilot for gas logs, IPI system explained

Several years ago many of the direct vent gas logs manufactories,  in response to high natural and propane gas prices, started installing the IPI (Intermittent Pilot Ignition) systems on their products. You may have this system and not know it at first. The IPI system is different from regular gas logs system as when you flip […]

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LP/Propane Gas logs service Repair

We have been performing a lot of gas log services calls of late. Yes it finally got cold and I mean COLD..  One issue we are seeing with LP logs are the pilot assembly are getting a lot of wear and tear from years of usage. LP gas is by nature a hotter burning gas than […]

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Keep the gas logs pilot burning during summer or NOT..

If you have gas logs they are more than likely are equipped with a safety pilot assembly.   The pilot is an important part of the gas log safety system on your unit.  The pilot assembly for a non-vented gas log will be very different to a vented gas log set. WHAT !!! safety system.. […]

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Yates Mill Pond dam history

Today we are at a clients home off Lake Wheeler Rd just past the Yate Mill pond. The client have been living in this house for over 20 yrs now. We were in the back yard looking at the hardscapes he have been doing over the past years and noticed a large outcropping. This is […]

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How to Cool your home for almost FREE!! A/C

If you heat and cool you home you know how much it cost to do this.. I like to, as Clark Howard states, Save More, Spend Less and Avoid get Ripped Off..   With this thought in mind I tried to figure out ways to cool the house during the milder time of the year. You […]

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How new fireplace glass doors can help your home look better!!

Today we removed a standard set of old outdated small glass doors for a client and installed new proper size beautiful glass doors with sliding mesh screens.  Here we show how we did that and how much better the fireplace looks with the new doors.   the old doors.. the glass panel slide left but did […]

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How to operate fireplace damper,

Damper Operation, If you have a wood burning fireplace in your house that was built after 1950 if most likely has a damper you can open and close. QUICK TIP:  If you leave the damper open in winter long after the fire has burned out you are wasting 5-600+ feet per min of heated air […]

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Snow/Sleet in Raleigh NC..

Woke up this morning with a nice coating of snow then freezing rain on the roads.. The material is some 2″ thick with a nice layer of ice on top making for great sledding for the kids..   Here a look down our street.. not going to be heading out today it looks like..   […]

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Installing Spider Damper in Prefab chimney

Recently we installed a top mount damper in a prefab fireplace chimney called the Spider Damper.  This is used to replace a damaged or rusted damper part in most prefabs.   First we remove the cap on the chimney to check for installation issues. Then we pull the inner sheve up and out of chimney […]

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Water and how if effects your chimney.

Water damages chimney’s, HOW?? Every year when we get lots of call several days after it rains with complaints of wet and musty smells coming from the chimney. Mortar and brick are very prone to water penetration and incursions.  Brick by it very nature are able to absorb lots of water. Brick are made of […]

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  • Carl’s Corner

    Carl Newton: WolfPack Fan,
    Carolina Hurricanes Fan,
    Carolina Panthers Fan

    Summer is a time for picnic, fun at the beach and birds in the chimney. If you are having an issue with birds, please let them be till they are flying out of the chimney. We can come and clean the mess out, is there is a lot, and put a cap on to help prevent the return.

    ALso, if you had another chimney sweep company come out to clean or check your chimney and leave you with a report that says you need thousands of dollars worth of repairs please give us a call.

    A lot of the thing they "recommend" are to bring your chimney up to 2018 code standards which is not necessary unless you are doing major repairs on the chimney or it is being torn down and rebuilt.

    Carl

    PS, If you have gotten a quote for chimney repairs, ie.. you need a chimney liner -liner work, parging smoke chamber etc. or you have been told "you might burn your house down" stuff, that seem HIGH give us a call and let see what we can do for you.

  • Woodburning and gas burning fireplaces. Are they ready for winter.

    Is your Fireplace or Gas Logs ready to go.. If not or for a service give us a call.

    In a power outage a fireplace or gas logs may be your only form of heat so make sure they are working in top form. Give us a call to set up appt 919-772-8110

    have a good week
    Carl

    PS: if you do NOT have a Carbon Monoxide detector and you have gas logs.. GET ONE.. NOW... I recommend the combo CO / Smoke battery powered detectors at Lowe's Home depot or most hardware stores..

    If yours are over 10 yrs old replace it.. (there's a date on back) If there is not a date of manf on back GET rid of it.

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