Chimney Sky Hole

Contest Info

  • Started: 4/1/2012 14:00
  • Ended: 4/10/2012 17:00
  • Level: apprentice
  • Entries: 31
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Apprentice 1st Place $5
  • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $3
  • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $2
  • FN Apprentice 4th Place $1
Chimney Sky Hole
Contest Directions: Photoshop this image of chimney sky hole (click to download) any way you wish. Some examples are: show what objects can be seen through this chimney sky hole, put some climbers on this chimney, use this chimney sky hole image in advertisements, movies, paintings, etc. These are just some ideas.
Many thanks to PinkyellJM and Stock Exchange for providing the source photo.

Contest Info

    • Started: 4/1/2012 14:00
    • Ended: 4/10/2012 17:00
    • Level: apprentice
    • Entries: 31
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Apprentice 1st Place $5
    • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $3
    • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $2
    • FN Apprentice 4th Place $1
31 pictures
  • Tribute to JBS Chardin

    Tribute to JBS Chardin
  • Looking Down the Rabbit Hole

    Looking Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Bridge at Sunset

    Bridge at Sunset
  • Light Pole in a Hole

    Light Pole in a Hole
  • Train Tunnel

    Train Tunnel
  • Stone Fire Place

    Stone Fire Place
  • Bungee Jumping Into a Sharks Mouth

    Bungee Jumping Into a Sharks Mouth
  • Coal Train Going Through a Tunnel

    Coal Train Going Through a Tunnel
  • Skateboarding Jump

    Skateboarding Jump
  • Going Through a Tunnel in Venice

    Going Through a Tunnel in Venice
31 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Maintenance of chimneys: Chimneys require regular maintenance - without it, they very quickly lose their functionality, clogged and blocked by soot and smoke-black. It is necessary to clean chimneys before or after the heating season, i.e, during the period, when their functioning is not required. Timely examination of the flue helps in identifying defects and ensure normal circulation of air in the heating facility. Maintenance of the chimney involves inspection of the connections (elbows, cups) and any projections obstructing the oxygen supply. If cracks are found in the flue, then it is necessary to rectify them since, in cold season, moisture can come into contact with cracks and cracks widen due to the freezing of water subsequently leading to complete destruction of the flue. The solution, used in the joints, is to be replaced every 5 - 10 years, which falls under the overhaul of chimneys. Preventive cleaning of flues involves removal of ash, soot and smoke-black, which gets settled on the walls of flues. Other applications: Some high flues are used as TV and mobile network antenna holders. In this case, it is important to take special measures for corrosion protection since the majority of flue gases are corrosive. The chimney sweep is an ancient profession. The task of the chimney sweep involves checking and cleaning the fireplace, furnace and boiler for ensuring the free venting of combustion products and also ventilation systems for ensuring normal human life. Most often, the chimney sweeps are found in Northern European countries, for instance, Germany. People with a small body structure usually become chimney sweeps but sometimes, teenagers were hired since chimney sweeps had to climb into the flue. This profession carried a certain mysterious impression (soot-smeared face looked like a mask and the actual work of the chimney sweep was not seen by anyone) and mostly good but some superstitions are associated with chimney sweeps. For instance, meeting a chimney sweep brings luck. And, so that luck knows whom to make happy, it was necessary to touch the chimney sweep with a hand and smear it with soot. History: Denmark: The chimney sweep profession presumably originated in Germany. However, Denmark is considered as the place of origin for chimney sweeps. Christian the 4ths castle in Copenhagen was the first building, in which the chimney sweeps cleaned the chimney. This took place in 1639, the cleaning of chimneys was taken up by Goodmand Olsen, a Lithuanian. In 1728, a major fire broke out in Copenhagen, which destroyed almost half of the city and since then, the draught problem of fireplaces and furnaces captured state level attention. In 1731, Andreas Nieshke, who was from Silesia, was recruited as the first professional chimney sweep of the Danish kingdom. On February 11, 1778, a decree was passed by Christian VII on the creation of a trade workshop for Danish chimney sweeps. In 1917, special courses were introduced by the Danish technological institute for chimney sweeps. In 1974, the school for chimney sweeps was opened in Tender, South Scotland. The course duration - 4 years. The following are the course contents: Cleaning techniques; * Fundamentals of heating and ventilation * Mathematics * Natural sciences * Economics * Environment protection * Functions of chimney sweeps: * Assess the condition of chimney; * Chimney cleaning; * Ventilation cleaning; * Fireplace cleaning; * Furnace cleaning; * Examination of flues; * Analysis of air. Tools, facilities, special uniform, used by chimney sweeps: The following are used since ancient times: * Chimney pot hat; * Kepsel (black cap, made of thick cloth); * Balance weights on strings; * Wire bundle; * Dustpan; * Brush; * Sledge hammer ( is required while cleaning heavily clogged flues) * Modern: * Van. Computer technology for checking the level of emissions into the atmosphere; Video camera to determine the place where thorough cleaning is required. Interesting facts: * Chimney sweeps took small tools, markers and miscellaneous accessories in a high chimney pot hat. The high chimney pot hat could save a head from falling bricks, working as a shock absorber; * In Norway, chimney sweeps wore beautiful bright buttons on their uniform, from where, the custom of touching the buttons of chimney sweeps originated; * Earlier, the brooms of chimney sweeps were made of birch (fertility symbol). The superstition that the chimney sweep brings good omens originated from this; * February 11 is the professional festival for chimney sweeps.