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How to retrieve a lost chimney rod
using a retrieval tool?

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Wonkee Donkee Retrieving Tool used to retrieve chimney rods stuck up a chimney The biggest cause of lost or stuck chimney rods is people turning the rods in an anti-clockwise direction whilst sweeping the chimney. If this does happen to you, all is not lost. The retrieval tool has been specifically designed with this eventuality in mind.
Wonkee Donkee Retrieving lost rod 1 which has become lodged in a chimney during sweeping

Step 1 – Connect retrieving tool

Connect the retrieving tool to the end of your chimney rod and insert into the chimney towards the stuck rod, adding rods until you have the desired length to reach it.

Wonkee Donkee Retrieval Tool 3 which has become lodged in a chimney during sweeping

Step 2 – Insert rods into chimney

Once you have reached the lost rod, continue inserting the retrieving tool approximately six inches further on and begin to slowly turn the rods in a clockwise direction

Wonkee Donkee Retrieval Tool 4 which has become lodged in a chimney during sweeping

Step 3 – Turn rods in clockwise direction

Continue slowly turning the rods connected to the retrieving tool until the lost rod locates itself into the coils of the retrieving tool.

Wonkee Donkee Retrieval Tool 5 which has become lodged in a chimney during sweeping

Step 4 – Continue turning the rods

As you slowly continue to turn the retrieving tool, the lost rod should lodge itself further into in the coils of the retrieving tool.

Wonkee Donkee Retrieval Tool 6 which has become lodged in a chimney during sweeping

Step 5 – Slowly pull rods back down chimney

When you are sure the lost rod is lodged into the coils of the retrieving tool, begin to slowly pull the rods back out of the chimney. The joint on the end of the lost rod should jam itself in the coils of the retrieving tool, holding it fast.