I have one of those metal fireplaces (builder installed), and it has an
outside air vent. The screen over the vent rusted away, and some pigions set
up housekeeping in there last summer. They're gone now, so I'm fixing the
screen, but I'm afraid that they may have put combustible nesting materials
in there under the metal box (where I could hear them cheeping and having a
grand old time last summer). I can't see in there, or get to it... How do I
take a peek in there to see what's there? Don't want to burn the house down,
so haven't started a fire since this happened. My wife wants me too build
one now... Is there a gadget that will let me look in this 2-3" hole and
around corners, etc? If I find something, I'll put the shop vac in the hole
before screening over and suck it out. I could just do that anyway, but I'll
never know if I got everything without a finishing look-see.
Ain't home ownership a wonderful thing?
There are expensive ways to do what you describe but on the assumption that
you want cheap, how about a dentist-type mirror. If you don't have one of
those a small mirror (think wife's compact) and a stick and some duct tape
will do it. A small light bulb on a stiff wire can provide light but with a
bit of finagling one can usually manage to reflect the beam of a flashlight
off the mirror and still view the scene at the same time.
There is such a gadget. It's a little round mirror like densists use to
look in your mouth attached to a (usually) telescoping handle. They're
typically found at most auto parts shops like Trak Auto, Pep Boys, and
the like. Give that a try if you can find one.
you can buy a mini security camera(only the camera with cable) at harbor
freight, www.harborfreigh.com for $29.00 and attach it to a tv or VCR
or even an old commodore computer monitor like i did... it works great
and even in low light conditions..... reg. $39 but always on sale for
Sounds great, Jim... I looked it up (at www.harborfreight.com ). I'm gonna
buy one. Even if I didn't have this project, it sounds like a userful little
camera to have for lots of stuff.
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