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I can't say i have ever actually needed to use a fire extinguisher before... Had a little incident in the garage tonight that could have been really bad had I not had an extinguisher strapped to the post literally a foot away from where i stood.

 

I was going to use my little propane bottle mounted torch to heat up a brake drum that won't come loose from the axle hub.

I opened the valve and as soon as i lit it the whole damn thing caught fire in my hand, big ass fireball- I dropped it on the floor(under the back of the car),  which then caught the cardboard I had layed out under the back of my car on fire in addition to the fireball still around the propane bottle!

 

The entire incident only lasted a few seconds before i had it out... But consider what could have happened if i'd been scrambling around to find an extinguisher! or worse yet didn't have one at all!

 

I think i may buy a 2nd one for the garage after this, and re-think where i have my upstairs ones stored for easier access. Really opens your eyes!



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Glad you got it under control, scary moment.

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Been there. I can laugh about it now but scary as hell when its happening.

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Yeah I remember when Kevin had that scare!

Mine was last year when I had to use the fire extinguisher. Made a dusty mess. It was when I was selling Dan's 67 chevelle. I removed the trunk mounted fuel cell and as I disconnected the lines I let them drain into a plastic catch pan. Maybe 20 or so ounces of gas. I then removed the tank, all the lines, and started welding the holes in the trunk shut. Well I forgot I had pushed the catch can underneath the axle. As I'm bent over in the trunk with my welding mask on, a spark lit it off, a heard a woosh and felt heat, the plastic catch can immediately melted allowing the gas to run all over the floor. The whole ground under the back of the chevelle was on fire. Air came bursting out of the helper air bags. I grabbed the extinguisher and was able to get it out. Black soot was all over the quarter panels but luckily only damage was the melted air bag lines.

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Brettd85 wrote:

Yeah I remember when Kevin had that scare!

Mine was last year when I had to use the fire extinguisher. Made a dusty mess. It was when I was selling Dan's 67 chevelle. I removed the trunk mounted fuel cell and as I disconnected the lines I let them drain into a plastic catch pan. Maybe 20 or so ounces of gas. I then removed the tank, all the lines, and started welding the holes in the trunk shut. Well I forgot I had pushed the catch can underneath the axle. As I'm bent over in the trunk with my welding mask on, a spark lit it off, a heard a woosh and felt heat, the plastic catch can immediately melted allowing the gas to run all over the floor. The whole ground under the back of the chevelle was on fire. Air came bursting out of the helper air bags. I grabbed the extinguisher and was able to get it out. Black soot was all over the quarter panels but luckily only damage was the melted air bag lines.


 Dang that makes my incident sound like nothing!

Costco has a sale on industrial grade (steel valves) 5lb multipurpose refillable extinguishers for $35 right now. Think i'm going to pick one up to be a backup in the garage.

 

 



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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Yup, thats what I replaced mine with.

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Oh ya I have extinguishers now. LOL

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Glad you guys are prepared.
Looks like its time I get an extinguisher. I'm always messing with fuel and flames.

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I have four 10 pounders in the shop, two in the House. Never had to use one at home, but have several times on the job. A potential fire hazard is a very serious thing to be prepared for, no doubt.

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Ben, was it a bad valve? or do you know? Curious I use my little propane torch all the time.


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NONHOG wrote:

Ben, was it a bad valve? or do you know? Curious I use my little propane torch all the time.


 have not re-tested it yet.

 

We used that same propane canister a few days earlier when we went sledding with a little camp stove attachment, and my wife commented once a couple days ago that she thought she smelled propane in the garage (we don't have natural gas, so this little thing could be the only source) though I never did.

Its possible that i did not screw the torch part on tight enough and it allowed gas to leak out at the joint... Thats about the only thing i can think of. 

I may test it (outside) this weekend.

 



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Get that resolved for sure! Then...get online and lose the Christmas scene!

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todztoyz wrote:

Get that resolved for sure! Then...get online and lose the Christmas scene!


 Yeah, you could replace it with a fire truck or something like that smile



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Better now?

 



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Ben wrote:

Better now?

 


Damn, I was really looking forward to a fire truck!! 



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Yes sir!


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