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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,632
Chicago area west
Here's a tip..... :eek: Today I was using my Mapp torch. I have a cold so I can't really smell.... not good. My torch fixture some how became slighty loose from the cylinder. Again NOT good! Thought I smelled more raw gas then usual... I was heating up an exhaust elbow when *BLAM* my whole torch went afire... I tried to shake it to blow out flame... no good, so I ran to basement tub to drown in water... no good, I then threw a wet rag on it while under the water, better, but still flaming!!! It wasn't until the water actually went over the valve (submerged) that it finally went out (Thank God)!
Wow, I never thought it would be so difficult to put out!!! Learned something new. Now to clean the load out of my pants...… :disrelieved:
 

Greg M

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 25, 2011
926
Victoria, BC, Canada
Yikes indeed!
That’s the hard way to learn to always check your hoses and connections. Glad you didn’t end up on the six o’clock news.
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,622
Central Arizona
Yikes indeed!
That’s the hard way to learn to always check your hoses and connections. Glad you didn’t end up on the six o’clock news.
I was hoping for pictures, so being in the news would've been cool. :p
 
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Barto

I live for the CABE
Mar 13, 2015
1,933
Somers, United States
Dag dude! for sure you got lucky! I let some of my Son-in-law friends use my small shop - I'm pretty strict, safety glasses for general work and a fire extinguisher for welding and open flame- I'm going to add "check the hose connections prior to use" to my safety rules for shop use
 
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jkent

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 3, 2012
3,961
45
Toney, Alabama
I was hoping for pictures, so being in the news would've been cool. :p
I was hoping for a video. OMG, could you imagine the look of " I'm about to blow my own ass up" on his face as he goes running from room to room with a flaming torch in his hands?
Home........ $150K-$200K
Vintage Bicycles......$30K
Flaming torch with the look of death on his face...........Priceless.
 
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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,632
Chicago area west
I was hoping for a video. OMG, could you imagine the look of " I'm about to blow my own ass up" on his face as he goes running from room to room with a flaming torch in his hands?
Home........ $150K-$200K
Vintage Bicycles......$30K
Flaming torch with the look of death on his face...........Priceless.
you were looking....... :cool:
 

Jeff54

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 11, 2013
2,447
Ft Myers, Florida
Here's a tip..... :eek: Today I was using my Mapp torch. I have a cold so I can't really smell.... not good. My torch fixture some how became slighty loose from the cylinder. Again NOT good! Thought I smelled more raw gas then usual... I was heating up an exhaust elbow when *BLAM* my whole torch went afire... I tried to shake it to blow out flame... no good, so I ran to basement tub to drown in water... no good, I then threw a wet rag on it while under the water, better, but still flaming!!! It wasn't until the water actually went over the valve (submerged) that it finally went out (Thank God)!
Wow, I never thought it would be so difficult to put out!!! Learned something new. Now to clean the load out of my pants...… :disrelieved:
Tks, now I know why I always insure my fittings are tight! And My habit of double checking that occasionally bugs people aint gonna change.

Alternatively, aint if odd that America's funniest videos, show people breaking their bones, sacked in the nuts, head concussions and all, is too funny but never show the peps who almost accidently burn or blow themselves up?
 
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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,632
Chicago area west
Of the 100's maybe 1000's of times I've used mine I haven't ever checked, You better believe I will going forward. The instructions actually say to check under water for bubbles before using each time. That's a bit extreme?
 

bikiba

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 17, 2014
2,092
NYC
Of the 100's maybe 1000's of times I've used mine I haven't ever checked, You better believe I will going forward. The instructions actually say to check under water for bubbles before using each time. That's a bit extreme?
extreme, but sounds like a good idea given the chance of the alternative =/
 

Jeff54

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 11, 2013
2,447
Ft Myers, Florida
Of the 100's maybe 1000's of times I've used mine I haven't ever checked, You better believe I will going forward. The instructions actually say to check under water for bubbles before using each time. That's a bit extreme?

That's checking your seals, washers or O-rings. I wouldn't go that far but, if used `100's maybe 1,000's of times? I'd, in the least, give em a visual.
 
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SKPC

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2018
1,616
63
Utah - United States
My MSR backpacking stove recently needed service a week ago. Afterwards when I filled the bottle w/some fuel and fired it up, it leaked badly, and the fuel from a poorly seated gasket ignited IN MY LIVING ROOM on the coffee table!!! Needless to say, it was full-on panic mode to put it all out. Dumb, dumb me. :rolleyes:
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,622
Central Arizona
My MSR backpacking stove recently needed service a week ago. Afterwards when I filled the bottle w/some fuel and fired it up, it leaked badly, and the fuel from a poorly seated gasket ignited IN MY LIVING ROOM on the coffee table!!! Needless to say, it was full-on panic mode to put it all out. Dumb, dumb me. :rolleyes:
Got Pics?
 
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