I got a new job as a chimney sweeper :)

Chimney sweeper - Chimney sweeper - fireplace cleaning
@ronaldinu (12439)
Malta
December 8, 2008 3:26am CST
I am cleaning our fireplace. This morning my wife asked me to clean the fire place. A job that we do rarely. So my hands are black and my clothes are smelly. I do wonder how the chimney sweepers managed to survive in this job. © ronaldinu 2008
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22 responses
@GAUCI123 (1042)
• Malta
11 Dec 08
Well, coughing and sweeping all day, utill they get black from top to bottom :)
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
29 Dec 08
thanks for your feedback gauci
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I hope they, and you, use some kind of protection for your eyes, nose, lungs, etc. My Dad used to empty septic tanks for a living. My Dad couldn't smell and after working on farms and a varity of places, he didn't care that he was dirty. Construction, his prior profession, was also very dirty. I guess it's all in what you're used to and how good your nose is. My husband can't smell either. Comes in handy some times, dangerous others. I had our gas heater taken out. I came home and he had turned on all the lights in the house, I could smell gas, horribly. Wonder he didn't blow himself and the house up. Now we have electric everything that we can. Interesting discussion, take care
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Thank you very much for best response. It's good to remind people that their chimneys need to be cleaned, probably will help prevent a fire. It definitely help you and your home. Take care (It's a messy job, but somebody's got to do it!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
17 Jan 09
I guess it is the thought of the money that keeps them carrying on. It is a job though. Makes you look like a coal miner..
• India
11 Dec 08
LOL!! I am glad you survived it, my friend. Otherwise, you would not have started this discussion. :) Cheers and happy mylotting
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
11 Dec 08
This is the way I see it: Santa manages to clean chimneys when he goes down them every Christmas Eve as a consequence of his size. LOL! If he can do it, so can you! LOL! Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
9 Dec 08
well I think it is a dying breed in our country must people do not use chimney's anymore, they use electrical heating here in Montreal, but of course there are still people who do. I am not sure how good of a living chimney sweeps make, or if they just work for big companies.
• India
9 Dec 08
Congrates.Did you get paid for it. Hehehe.......
@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
9 Dec 08
you can if you want.
@Humbug25 (12551)
9 Dec 08
Hi ya ronaldinu No doubt they have a way that they don't breathe in all the soot these days and guess it is all part of the job to get dirty and smelly! I dare say there are worse jobs out there and they are supposed to be lucky people especially if you meet one in the street!
@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
9 Dec 08
Yeah, they are one of the dirtiest job on the planet, and so not many ple wanna do them.. lol =D The same goes for sewage inspector, and cheese farmer etc.. lol =D I think if given a choice, or unless one is interested, i think nobody will ever wanna work that kind of job.. BUt i believe the pay should be quite good to attract some, and that the hrs are long too.. haha
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
9 Dec 08
Yes, I can imagine its a dirty job, I wonder how they manage to do it too. Its a good thing to get your chimney sweeped, a good way to prevent chimney fires and possible damage to your house.
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
9 Dec 08
Your wife must be getting ready for the holiday season or she is just tired off you sitting around the house MyLotting all day. She is really putting you to work lately. Washing the floor now cleaning the fireplace. I can't wait the to hear the next task she has for you to do.
@littleowl (7157)
9 Dec 08
Hi ronald, there isn't much need of chimney sweepers here in the Uk now, at one time yes but am not sure of the effect it can have on you if you had to do it as a living...littleowl
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Hi ronaldinu! That sounds like one not very fun job, but I guess necessary if you are planning to use the fireplace! I sure wish I had one! Right now I am sitting in my very cold apartment in NY freezing my azz off! It is 27 degrees outside and maybe about the same inside! I am in my kitchen/ office with my oven on and am wearing a sweatshirt, hoodie and sweatpants! And still I am freezing! My fingers are stiff and I'm having trouble typing! Yes, the heat is on too, if you can call what my landlord allows us to have "on"! I don't remember where you said you live, but I guess if you have a fireplace then it must get kind of cold! I hate the cold weather and it has arrived here unfortunately! No snow yet, but it't on it's way! This is only the beginning of the winter and I already can't take it! So, enjoy your nice clean fireplace!
@moondancer (7433)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I have seen them clean achimney before. That is dirty work, lol. I just bet you were a site. lol The ones that do it for a living wear jump suits and use a breathing apparatis over their mouth. I could imagine how their lungs would look if they didn't wear something over their noses.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
8 Dec 08
I've been thinking about doing ours. It is a dirty job granted, but these days the professionals have a vacuum cleaner and put up sheets to block the dust etc. As the recession bites and people look at ways to decrease the amount of gas and electricity they use I suspect that more and more chimneys will be used. Hope that they get swept first!
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Do you know how I avoid doing this job and therefore getting all dirty? I do not have a chimney!! LOL I do not know but dirty jobs do not bother me. I rather like getting into jobs like that. I will run over next year and do it, if you want!! LOL
8 Dec 08
Hi ronaldinu, Wow!! are you getting ready for Santa Claus to come down the chimney at Christmas? hehe, that must be wonderful, in the UK where I live it is very rare to see people using real fireplace as it now gas central heatings every where and there are hardly and real fire going and I have not seen a chimney sweep for years, we used to when we lived in Scotland many years ago when I was eleven years old and it was my job to clean the grate and light the fire as well, I loved it those days. Tamara
@savypat (20245)
• United States
8 Dec 08
We lay down sheets to catch the ashes and wear old cloths. A good shower with lots of soap takes care of the rest. It's so important to have a clean chimney for fire reasons. Every year places burn down around here due to unclean chimneys
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 Dec 08
My brother actually started a business as a chimney sweep some years ago and really enjoyed it. He got the 'tails' and everything, just like something out of Marry Poppins! It is a dirty job, though, but it is necessary. The house I'm trying to buy has a large wood stove, and I imagine there will be things I'll need to do to keep that running safely.