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leigh_t Original Post: Jul 07 '07,  7:23 pm           Reply
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Help! Cell phone dropped in duct work...

I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but it seems a place where there are some folks who know something about duct work.

Here's the problem... My college age son- hereafter known as 'Einstein'-- has managed to accidentally drop his nearly new cell phone, along with his wallet, down into the heating/cooling duct work in an upstairs room.

They have located the phone under the first floor flooring. Best bet at this time seems to be to cut into the duct work near where they can hear the cell phone, make a flap large enough to remove the items then tape it closed with aluminum tape, and replace the insulation.

Is this safe?

Any suggestions on the best way to cut into the duct work-- within a fairly limited space (access-wise)?

Anyone have any better ideas?

Need advice asap... this is a work in progress as I write.

Thanks in advance,

Leigh

     
pvreditor Posted: Jul 09 '07,  5:49 am (Updated: Jul 13 '07,  12:48 pm)           Reply
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RE: Help! Cell phone dropped in duct work...

Wow! That's quite the difficult situation.

I don't know where you live but you might ask a local fire department if someone there can give you advice. Fire and rescue departments often have equipment that can be snaked into small openings to enable rescuers to see and assist injured people. Someone at the fire department might be able to borrow the gear to help you, or at least give you advice.

I'm not saying that fire fighters will drop their work to help you fish a cellphone and wallet from your ductwork, but someone there might have good advice. If a miracle happens and a trained rescuer helps you out, plan on making a generous contribution to that fire department.

Otherwise, it sounds like you will have to cut into the ceiling and open the ductwork. The way that you describe is probably the best way for it to be done... I can't suggest any improvement on that.

Good luck!

--Bob

     
leigh_t Posted: Jul 12 '07,  12:43 pm           Reply
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RE: Help! Cell phone dropped in duct work...

Thanks pvreditor... that was a really good idea. I live in a very small town, where folks still do stuff like that for each other. Unfortunately, by the time I read it, it was already 'past the point of no return'-- I had finally let them cut into the downstairs duct work, which did resolve the issue. One of my son's friend's dad sent over a saw and some aluminum tape for the repair, and gave them instructions on how to do it, which made me much more confident in the process. (Prior to his input, no one here really had much of a clue as to how to go about it.)

I will, however, keep the fire department idea on hand for our next 'crisis'... and the way things seem to go around here, no doubt there will be one. ::g::

Thanks again for your help.

Leigh T.

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