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Old 01-22-2009, 12:59 PM   #16
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I believe I read someone if not several in the family had complained of nasuea and headaches, either at work or school a few days prior to the accident.Flu like symptoms easily mistaken
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:08 PM   #17
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:19 PM   #18
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The only gas fireplaces I like are the thru the wall or B vent type and people need to run them to keep the chimney warm/from icing up in severe cold climates. Hope everyone pays attention and gets a CO detector.
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Most CO lethal poisoning events are caused by blocked/collapsed chimneys and or smoke spilling out the front of the furnace.
Here's my dance with carbon monoxide story.

I hired someone to do my roof since that was the one project that ironically I thought would be too dangerous for me (I redid a porch roof and a dormer roof myself without incident). As these morons packed up for the day, they threw a tarp over my roof including the chimney which acted as a tent pole.

I wake up around 6AM (on a Sunday!) with a dull headache. The air smells funny and the windows are covered with condensation. I immediately figure out those SOB's blocked my chimney somehow and furnace combustion products were backflowing into my stove vent in the kitchen. Since I have an old noisy refrigerator, I keep the kitchen door closed so the noise won't keep me awake. That may be why I'm still alive.

Fortunately the hospital is just three blocks away. I got to spend the day there until all the CO was out of my system. When I got back to my house, I discover the tarp over my chimney and consider using it to strangle the contractor when he arrives on Monday.

Instead of committing murder, I used my full set of four letter words at the him, saying his head is full of excrement, and so on to make sure he's dealing guy who could have been dead right now. He sort of acted sorry for nearly killing me and sort of apologized.

The fact is that if he had killed me, nothing would have happened to him. Accidents from stupidity are not criminal. I guess I wouldn't have had to pay him which would have been a major bummer for him.
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He would have put a lien on your house for non payment. You are VERY lucky to be alive. A CO detector in your bedroom is a necessity. Saved my Dad's bacon once. He unplugged the battery from the downstairs one because it was alarming. Thought the battery was the problem and not the CO which was setting it off. The bedroom one WOKE him up the next night. Gas co then shut the house gas off because the heat exchanger was full of carbon. I lived far away at the time and could not look after it.
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So by putting a lien on my house, he would have gotten the money from my estate? Effectively he would have been getting paid for killing me. I know the contractor profession has a bad reputation, but that is shockingly morbid. I would hope he would have been happy with the 50% he already got and gone on to killing his next customer.

Yes, I'm lucky to be alive. They said so in the ER. I now have CO detectors everywhere. Unfortunately during the summer one of them goes off every time my neighbor starts his truck. His exhaust goes through the open windows into my house.
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