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Even "simple" chemicals can bite!

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03-19-2009 11:28:22

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Was prepping the manifold on that McCormick Deering 22-36 last week with some VM&Pnapatha, wiped it down with paper towels, and stuffed one in my pocket. Not long after: my leg was burning, so I removed the paper towel, I still hardly got done [I know stupidly stubborn to insist on finishing before investigating further] before I couldn't stand it and had to run into the house and shower.

The entire shape of the pocket liner was imprinted in my leg, bright red, and though slowly better starting already the next day, it was almost a week before it tolerated much touch even to put lotion on it.

I took a picture, but just couldn't crop it in a fashion that properly showed the damage without being overly revealing of my underwear.

I would probably put gasoline on my breakfast cereal, and am 10ft tall and bullet proof [OK not even 6', and I haven't been shot with harder than softpellets], so don't think neglecting proper safety won't eventually get you - even with common chemicals.

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03-21-2009 12:20:10

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 Re: Even simple chemicals can bite! in reply to ricky c, 03-19-2009 11:28:22  
Started enough brush piles on fire using gas soaked rags, I know what that could do if you're wearing it; yet for some reason never thought about thinner doing the same until you noted it.

Actually, great posts from everyone! 8) Or on the topic, perhaps :shock: is more appropriate.

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03-21-2009 12:06:16

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 Re: Even simple chemicals can bite! in reply to spiffy1, 03-19-2009 11:28:22  
That's like back in the good old days,when you filled the old zippo lighter and it leaked in your pocket.

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03-19-2009 18:03:03

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 Re: Even simple chemicals can bite! in reply to spiffy1, 03-19-2009 11:28:22  
I was warned that if you put one drop of solvent on the veins of your wrist, within two minutes they can detect it in your liver!

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03-19-2009 17:08:26

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 Re: Even simple chemicals can bite! in reply to spiffy1, 03-19-2009 11:28:22  
An even greater danger was the possibility of a fire in your pocket. NEVER work in clothing that has accelerants spilled on them or in them. If I ever spill even a teaspoon of gasoline or laquer thinner on my clothes I rip them off as fast as possible. Take a pair of overall you are going to throw away. Pour 1 tablespoon of gas on them. Let them soak for 5 minutes. Throw a match on them from a safe distance. Get the picture?


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03-19-2009 14:44:42

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 Re: Even simple chemicals can bite! in reply to spiffy1, 03-19-2009 11:28:22  
pretty amazing how nasty them chemicals can be. naptha, mineral spirits, acetone, tolulene,(spelling?) lacquer thinner, even enamel reducer. i took a hazardous materials class years back, wow. they had blood tests done from lacquer thinner adsorpition thru the skin, i forget the numbers but it was scary. back in the old days you'd wash up your hands with lacquer thinner to get paint off, or go to the parts washer to get the grease off yer hands. jeez, wish i would have known!!

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03-20-2009 11:23:25

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 Re: Even simple chemicals can bite! in reply to glennster, 03-19-2009 14:44:42  
Well, i worked as an auto body man and painter from the yime i was 23 until i was 72, and used all of those chemicals, and gasolines and oils, and i'm still here at 84, with no problems, except from the hardeners that we had to use in the new type of car paints! I can not go into nor near an auto paint shop, nor near one when the hardened paint is being used! I start wheezing and soon i can't breathe! I then have to get into my truck and drive around with thw windows open and my head stuck into the air stream, until it wears off! All of the thinners, and other chemicals i had used over the years haven't affected me at all! And, i can relate to the "thinner soaked" rag stuffed into a pants pocket! YEP!! They really burn, if not removed pronto!

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