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Basement Mechanical Contraption ??

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What is this?  The house - 1920 - used to have oil heat with tanks in the basement.  There were pulleys from chains beneath this thing connected to nothing.  contraption.thumb.jpg.2f6d24263801d08515cc3b64f523ef88.jpg

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Before oil, it was coal. 

The chains were connected to the 2 dampers on a coal furnace/boiler.  A thermostat signaled the motors for the chains to raise and lower the dampers to regulate the intensity of the fire. 

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