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07-21-2013 14:50:27

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Gas won t burn, but the vapor sure will.

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07-22-2013 07:36:26

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 Re: DUMB AND LUCKY RANT! in reply to 504-1, 07-21-2013 14:50:27  
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When I was working road construction in the summer years ago, in the morning before the workday started, we'd clean our shovels full of dried, cold asphalt from the previous day by pouring a little gas on them and lighting them. That'd soften the asphalt and get the shovels hot. We'd finish cleaning them by dunking them into a bucket of diesel that was kept to clean the rakes and shovels during the day while paving.

One day we heard a "Whomp!", turned around and saw a new guy had put some gas in a bucket and tried the same thing. He was sitting on his butt with the bucket on its side flaming gas running down the street. Singed his arm hair, eyebrows and a goodly amount of hair on his head. Must of been a real shock when he tried to put that flaming shovel into the bucket. Never made it past the vapors. :shock:

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Mark - IN.

07-21-2013 18:38:21

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 Re: DUMB AND LUCKY RANT! in reply to 504-1, 07-21-2013 14:50:27  
I agree. Gas doesn't burn, but the fumes or vapors it gives off as it evaporates into fumes sure do. Drivers of fuel trucks don't smoke in or around them or while filling tanks at gas stations, and I often go into refineries that clearly don't allow smoking in or around them. I can't say that I blame them.


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Dick L

07-21-2013 15:15:21

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 Re: DUMB AND LUCKY RANT! in reply to 504-1, 07-21-2013 14:50:27  
Years ago I saw a person smoking while drawing gas out of a tractor gas tank to get down to weight for a pulling class. The gas was being drawn into a open five gallon pail. Someone said you should not have a lit cigarette around gas when he promptly dropped the cigarette into the open pail of gas. It was like dropping it into water. He said it takes an open flame. I am not about to try it but it worked for him that time.

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