So as part of distancing and all that, Fr. Simone, Ian and I have taken on cleaning the rectory. For the most part it is going well. We are even getting to some things that have not been touched for awhile.
Although it keeps snowing and freezing outside EVEN THOUGH IT IS THE END OF APRIL, it seemed a good a time as ever to get the shop back out and clean the ashes out of the fireplaces.
It was going well until I hit some larger pieces of burnt wood that clogged the hose.
I tried clearing it out - shaking the hose, holding it up so that whatever was in there would come loose. Then turning it back on it would run for a couple of seconds and then whatever was in there would clog it again. How do you unclog a shop vac indoors? Outside I would just swing the hose around until things flew out of it. Then it hit me!
I would just move the end of the hose from the VACUUM setting and attach it to the EXHAUST setting. (Do you see where this is going?) *BUT* using my great brain, I decided that I would aim the hose into the fireplace so that whatever came out would go into the fireplace and not my room.
And that is what I did.