My chimney damper does not open. I bought the house last year so have never used it before. Any suggestions on how to get it unstuck? Note that the damper cable DOES move from one side to the other but it just does nothing to open the damper. Looking at it, I can't even tell how this is supposed to work.
You need to slide that handle over to the larger slot and then pull it down or push it up.
Ok, good you got it. It was hard to tell from the picture which way it operated. You could try some WD-40 but these dampers are pretty cheaply made and don't have a precision fit. You should try working it back and forth to loosen it up a bit.