the flu-flappener flap

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

I just got over a 48-hour senior moment.

We just finished conducting an inspection for a buyer of mine... and I was on the phone with the listing agent, explaining that we're going to be asking for an extension, so that we can have the time to have an expert come out to inspect the chimney.  The inspector told us that the ... uh.... what do you call that thing....??? you know... the flu-flappy thing that opens up the chimney??

(fortunately, at least for me, the listing agent couldn't think of the word for that flu-flappy thing either... so I wasn't alone in my senior-misery)... and we spent a few minutes on the phone talking around that flu-flappy thing.

I figured the word would come to me the instant that I hung up with her... and I would text it to her... it didn't.

Fast-forward 48 hours later... I just came back from meeting the chimney inspector... and as he walked up the sidewalk to the front door... suddenly my mind screamed at me, with the hot-white-intensity of two suns.. "DAMPER!"

I was going to ask the chimney-ologist what it was called, but instead he shared with me the many many things that people call it... he kinda liked my flu-flappy-thingie... but he said people commonly call it a Dampner, or even Dampener.

So... there you go.

What were we talking about?

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

That's funny!  I just asked Gary last evening if the fireplace flu thing was closed yet for the year!  I didn't know it was called a damper.....

Mar 05, 2020 10:43 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Alan - and then the chimney expert recommended a chicken soup solution just to make the story even better.  

Mar 05, 2020 11:36 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Oh my gosh Alan, you are talking about the world in which I and many of my friends now walk.   Personally, I'd much rather call it a flu-flappy thing!

Mar 05, 2020 06:13 PM #3
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