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The Chimney Sweep Daily is out! Edition of 24 June 2018

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Giving Peace of Mind – One Chimney at at Time
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24 June 2018
Leisure Art & Entertainment #heretohelp
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DIY Home Safety Audit – Simple Insights- State Farm
thumbnail www­.statefarm­.com – Keeping your family safe is your top priority, but it’s tough to remember all the little things you need to check around the house. To keep you on top of your game, we’ve devised a one-day plan for i…
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The Chimney Sweep Daily is out! Edition of 23 June 2018

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23 June 2018
Leisure Politics #chimneysweep
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3 Reasons to Budget for an Annual Chimney Sweep – Valley Chimney Sweep & Restoration
thumbnail www­.valleychimney­.com – Even if it hasn’t been high on the priority list, we implore you to consider the hazards of not having your chimney inspected and cleaned. Although once a year is ideal, Chicago suburban home owners …
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When Should The Chimney Sweep Retire?

Well realistically I have been pretty much retired for almost a decade.  Working only when I feel like it!  But what about full time retirement?  Well not sure if or when I will do that, I enjoy doing maybe one job a week, it keeps me doing something.  And on the other hand there are very few qualified and certified Chimney Sweeps around.  There are a few who advertise chimney cleaning, but have no actual training, qualifications or certifications.   What does this mean?  Well there are many different configurations of wood burning systems, chimneys, inserts, woodstoves, etc. out there.  Kind of nice to know the person has some idea what they are looking at.  It is also important they know how a system is supposed to be and be able to correct it if put together improperly.   Is the Chimney Sweep also certified as an inspector?  Preferably a Comprehensive Inspector, the highest level of inspector in Canada.   You need and deserve the best you can find for a Chimney Sweep!!  Don’t settle for somebody who does this on a sideline with another job, hire somebody who is a Certified Chimney Sweep!  Now back to original thought, yes I am an Certified Advanced Chimney Sweep!!  Yes I am a Comprehensive Inspector!!  And yes I plan to keep doing for some time on a part time basis to keep me busy and to help you out!

The Chimney Sweep Daily is out! Edition of 22 June 2018

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22 June 2018
Leisure Art & Entertainment #kitchen #improvements
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Chimney Cleaners Perform a Thorough Inspection of The Whole System
thumbnail www­.sooperarticles­.com – There are some good reasons why you need hiring the top services provider for chimney sweep Cape Town. If you have a fireplace and you are using it for the well function of the fireplace, then you mu…
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Is The Camera Phone Amazing!?

Some think so.  The megapixels it has, awesome!

Really?  Well, again some think so.  Realistically compared to cameras of a few years ago they have come a long way.  But realistically compared to a camera, a real camera that is dedicated, they are no where near close in comparison.  Really?  Yes.. that is a fact.

So what is the problem.  Well there are so many things that it really can not do well that it is hard to get the details here.  The only thing it really does quite well, and something a photographer really does not want, is the onboard computer post processing – what it does to the image after you take the photograph to make it look reasonably good.

But lets look at limitations.  First the lens, a small plastic lens.  Plastic?  Yes plastic!   Optics of glass are expensive and a decent glass lens would drive the cost of the phone to prohibitive levels.  The size of the lens!  Even a glass lens of that size has some serious limitations in ability to work well.  These range from ability to work well in low light, ability to accurately and quickly focus, depth of field, etc.

Oh those who use cameras as a sole camera are already thinking I am wrong. Well that is because they only use the phone and really have not compared the camera to anything that is really a dedicated camera.  You see a good lens is going to cost more than your phone!!  Yes more than even a top iPhone or Samsung phone!

But then there is the sensor.  Oh it has many megapixels for sure.. but what does that mean.  Well actually megapixels in a camera sensor is really a marketing tool and not much more.  The marketing teams use it because it has become to the unsuspecting consumer a level of quality of the camera, and it is the only aspect of the sensor that can be easily manipulated at reasonably low cost.  But even with the best sensors you would still get a mediocre photograph with that atrocious lens!

What is compromised with a small sensor?  Lots!  First keep in mind that good quality, premium sensors are as large as the whole phone!  But small sensors – one significant problem is heat – which causes what is known as noise or errors in image.  The post processing fudges these out but artificially creating image material to cover them for the most part, and does a fairly good job – but it is NOT the image you saw – it is the one created by a computer.  Next is digital bandwidth, something that small sensors struggle with immensely.  Then of course resolution – something closely related to pixel count – but cameras NEVER reach their stated resolution – again marketing tricks.  Then the pixels themselves – for various reasons in physics – larger pixels actually perform better – but to get large number of pixels (which sell to consumes better) into a small sensor the pixels must be miniscule!  Then light capturing ability – and the lens is a large part of this – although with the same lens a larger sensor captures more light.  Then there is the marketing scam related to the Foveon chips used for sensors!  Marketers multiply the number of pixels times three with Foveon chips.. there are a few reasons for this.. but what it means is a 24 megapixel Foveon sensor really only produces 8 megapixel image!  There are a few other aspects I could get into – some more scientific than others.

But does all this really matter?  No.. actually not.  Unless you are a serious photographer hobbyist in which case it likely does.  For the average one taking photos for Facebook your phone camera works fine!  Even for printed images, as long as you don’t try to crop much or enlarge too much, you will be fine!

Good luck and enjoy.

The Chimney Sweep Daily is out! Edition of 21 June 2018

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21 June 2018
Leisure Science Art & Entertainment
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Fireplace Repairs – Fireplace Experts – Knowledgeable Experts
thumbnail www­.chimneysolutions­.com – Fireplace safety experts all agree that annual chimney inspections are important for any household with a fireplace. Even if a fireplace is very rarely used, hazardous issues can arise that make it u…
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The Chimney Sweep Daily is out! Edition of 20 June 2018

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20 June 2018
Leisure Environment Science #chimney #fireplace
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Why do I need a chimney sweep? by Apex Chimney Sweeps of London
thumbnail apexchimneysweeps­.co­.uk – Your questions answered, a new video series – Why do I need a chimney sweep? Lee Pearce of Apex Chimney Sweeps London explains why you need a chimney sweep and why they need to be certified professio…
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The Chimney Sweep Daily is out! Edition of 19 June 2018

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19 June 2018
Leisure Science #chimneysweep #chimneysweeps
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Knob throwing and cheese rolling
thumbnail www­.bbc­.co­.uk – As we approach summer and take advantage of the quick succession of bank holidays thousands of us will head out to witness some of England's more unique events. Many are steeped in tradition and can …
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The Chimney Sweep Daily is out! Edition of 18 June 2018

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18 June 2018
Leisure Environment #fireplace #chimney
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UbuyUdo | ChimFire Stop
thumbnail www­.ubuyudo­.com – ChimFire Stop the European name of Chimfex®: America’s Original Chimney Fire Extinguisher* “NOW IN THE UK” Protect your home with ChimFireStop, the original chimney fire extinguisher that can exting…
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The One Inch Wood Burning Insulated Chimney

Just finished off working with a customer who has a fairly recent installation of chimney and woodstove which has a one inch wall on insulated chimney.  They had recently purchased home and had inspection done prior to purchase.  The inspector had apparently stated the one inch chimney was not allowed and all had to be two inch chimneys.  Well not quite, I went out took a look and it was Selkirk ULTIMATEONE, which is one of the best wood burning system chimneys on the market today!  Yes they had one of the best and the inspector had told them they need it replaced.  Actually felt kind of sorry for the as their insurance company was giving them a hard time apparently.  So cleaned chimney and confirmed chimney was good for insurance company.  Not all inspectors are the same and it is always wise to hire one who works in the wood burning industry doing cleaning, repairs and installations.  Protect yourself.

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