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One can’t make this stuff up----really----I try!

     At a recent inspection when I was looking across the roof from a porch roof I could see a strange bump with some discoloration around it----just to the right of the chimney near the top.  Can you see it?

Stranger than fiction

     Any guesses as to what it might be?

Bye gum---there it is

     Well if you were strange enough to guess the “vent cap” for the kitchen exhaust fan you would be correct.  If not, well I guess you could not have made it up either.

Charles Buell

 

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Comment balloon 27 commentsCharles Buell • February 27 2010 09:08PM
One can’t make this stuff up----really----I try!
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