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My dad (SemperVaporo) watches a model train forum, and this link was posted... worth a read for all of us - those of us that use chemicals every day and have gotten lax, those of us that are new to it and haven't learned yet, and those of us that are brand new to the world of automotive chemicals and need to know what you risk...

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Forum: myLargescale.com
User: Hawkeye2
Date: 04 Mar 2010 08:55 PM

Subject: RE: Solvents are tools?


I taught Auto Mechanics for 17 years and safety was an importanf part of the curriculum. We delt with a lot of solvents and chemicals that could cause serious health problems if used casually and here is my advice: Use any solvent in a WELL ventelated area. READ the instructions and abide by them. If you are not familiar with the product or its application do not use it, give it to someone you don't like and go out and buy something else. Here is some required reading, don't skip it:

http://www.brewracingframes.com/id75.htm

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Wow - that is some dangerous stuff - I used CRC brake cleaner to do my last brake job. Got the empty in my garage. I'm getting that sucker out of there
 

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The most important thing I've learned from spending time on fiberglass forums is about how to be safe using chemicals. I have my respirator that I wear when spraying virtually anything now.

Safety first, its so easy to be lazy but if you ever get unlucky the consequences could be very bad. I spent a while talking with Doug at the Toledo mini meet in January about incidents where people would be slack with safety regulations and then pay the price.

I still get a little nervous everytime I slide under a raised car, and I don't want to lose that perspective. Be aware that cars are large pieces of heavy machinery and they should be taken very seriously.
 

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The most important thing I've learned from spending time on fiberglass forums is about how to be safe using chemicals. I have my respirator that I wear when spraying virtually anything now.

Safety first, its so easy to be lazy but if you ever get unlucky the consequences could be very bad. I spent a while talking with Doug at the Toledo mini meet in January about incidents where people would be slack with safety regulations and then pay the price.

I still get a little nervous everytime I slide under a raised car, and I don't want to lose that perspective. Be aware that cars are large pieces of heavy machinery and they should be taken very seriously.
Working under the car is one of the things I just don't do. I almost attempted it once, but realizing the amount of work it would take to fix a brake line, while working under 2 tons of metals supported but a jack stand, which frankly seems puny to me, I just took it to a shop.

The only way I'd be comfortable working under a car is if I had a lift, or a service channel.
 

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I have ramps for the front and thinking on getting another set and do all four at once.

BTW, the OP article will make me think next time. There are so many new chemicals out there these days and we can get way to careless with them.
 

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Heh, I used some insect killer that I found in the basement of my rental house... old, but un-opened. I read the entire container, then used it according to the instructions...

I then went online and read about the stuff I just used...

Clordane (sp?)

It will be 20 years before I have ants along that one foundation wall! Gotta watch out what is used...
 

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I am one that usually reads labels before I use something I've never used. I'm also the type to crack open the user manual of any electronic equipment before I mess around with it.
 

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i use brake cleaner and other chemicals every single day. it is a neccesity to do my job. and while it can be harmful if used improperly i would never stop using it. just got to not be an idiot when using it
 

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when i was working for the international transport business we had to take a course for dangerous goods ... some of the things i shipped overseas gave me ibby jibbies :( some of the most common house hold cleaners are the ones that are the most dangerous ..always read the dam lable lol
 

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Heh, the Chlordane, after putting it out on the ground per the can directions, was bagged and placed on a top shelf in a room in the basement that the kids are deathly afraid of, and has its own lock on the room. THEN I read how bad it was, and was glad I had already bagged it that way.

Regarding chemicals and flame - not many people realise that antifreeze is explosive in the right conditions - preheated and attomized, it will explode if ignited properly.
 

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Thank you for the link, by the way!
Hey no problem.

For reference to anyone: If you wanna know anything about a chemical, ask Google! If you just want to know quickly what the hazards are in an easy to read format, just look for that chemical's MSDS....Material Safety Data Sheet!

I think this thread has serious merit....if it can help prevent the injury or loss of another forum member its definitely worth a sticky.
 
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