Rings are all around us and quite a few have some meaning. The most common and obvious is the wedding and for the ladies engagement rings. Then there's the mood ring (remember those), the decoder ring, the brass ring, Lord of the Rings and on...
Sometimes there's hidden meaning in a ring, but you have to know the code to hear what it has to say.
Take for example the rusty ring around the top of this water heater. Sure doesn't look all that mysterious. But it has a story to tell if you know how to read the ring.
What the ring tells is there are combustion gases that are meant to go up the chimney instead coming back out the flue and into the house. This is bad because those gases contain carbon monoxide. The combustion gases contain a small amount of slightly acidic water which is why the copper pipes patina, and the water heater jacket rusts.
What this ring says is DANGER, but only if you know it's meaning.
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