Matt would have removed the hopper, rebuilt the rotted away pieces and returned it to safe operation! Gorilla tape is THE BEST, HOWEVER JUST A LITTLE HEAT WOULD NOT BE GOOD. Let's face it, you can neglect these beasts, and even though injured, will fight on until they disintegrate. I've rebuilt AA's that were behind a barn, uncovered for 40 years, and had them humming like new in a few days. Lots of parts replaced, but look like new and perform as new.
In case you guys haven't tried any coal from his family's breaker, here is the address, web link and phone number. It is perfectly sized, clean as a whistle, and the facility is superb. This is not the first time Matt has helped out an ailing boiler, or worked at a coal facility. Check that part of his experience out.
Matt doesn't get involved in sales unless you ask him, but his brothers are ready to provide great service.
This is not an ad for DiRenzo Coal, just an opportunity to try out another fine operation. Earmark this address and contact info in your Coal Directory.http://www.direnzocoal.com/
Toll Free - 800-676-4743
Locally - 570-544-4743
Fax - 570-544-6537
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