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Author Topic: WARNING: Keep your workshop clean  (Read 1350 times)
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« on: May 08, 2015, 07:48:54 am »

Hi folks,

there is an interesting article on pages 24 and 25 of this newsletter:

http://www.lsme.uk.com/uploads/8/5/0/1/8501607/020_buffer_stop_december__2014_ws_small.pdf

Even if this is highly unlikely to happen, let us all take care.
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2015, 09:07:19 am »

Oh, interesting. Noted Shocked

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Along similar lines of unusual shop safety tips, I've been told never to stand in front of the adjusting handle* on oxy-acetylene regulators when they're being pressurized (i.e. when the cylinder is being opened) because in extremely rare cases the handle can blow off the regulator, and they've been known to go straight through multiple building walls when this happens.

It's probably even more unlikely to happen than accidentally making thermite with a grinder, but might be good to bear in mind if you're working with old equipment.

*Like the tee handle in the center in this image:
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2015, 12:40:12 am »

I'm about to start a series of maintenance projects on my concertina, which may use aluminum in the valve levers (the things connected to the buttons that one sees on the ends of such instruments) and pivots; it depends on how old the instrument actually is, as to whether or not the levers are aluminum or some other alloy/metal. In one stage of the process, I'll be either sanding or grinding the levers and pivots to remove metal wear residues that accumulate during rapid operation of the levers (a very common occurrence in most styles of concertina music) if they are aluminum in content, so thanks for the heads up!
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2015, 10:14:35 am »

I would like to collect these safety tips/hints here.
No matter if it is a safety hint or a "do not do what I did".
Feel free to add your ideas/experiences.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2015, 01:37:58 pm »

"Before we use any power tools, let's take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand, and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this: there is no more important safety rule than to wear these — safety glasses."  Norm Abrams.

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2015, 03:39:53 pm »

"Before we use any power tools, let's take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand, and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this: there is no more important safety rule than to wear these — safety glasses."  Norm Abrams.





And to say it a different way: there's a reason steampunks wear goggles.
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2015, 04:27:12 pm »

Every piece of metal in a welding shop or forge is hot. Hot metal and cool metal are indistinguishable to the eye, so assume it's hot before you pick it up.
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2015, 07:21:33 pm »

TAKE the damm chuck key OUT!
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2015, 12:14:48 pm »

^and if you have long hair, tie it up and back! Drills love to eat hair.....and skin.
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2015, 09:35:16 pm »

Assume every unknown wire as LIVE!
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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2015, 12:01:35 am »

'ware fingers when using micro-cutting discs - doesn't take much for them to slip out of the groove - think I'm stuck with the scar!
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2015, 11:45:35 am »

While on the subject of fingers. Don't use them to pull out stringy swarf when using a drill, lathe, or mill.
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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2015, 09:33:10 pm »

As I type Sir Len is reading the quarterly update from his Woodturning club. One of the members bought a large packet of fine wirewool which he opened and left on a large slice of dried sycamore.

A couple of days later he returned to his shed to be greeted by the smell of burning, a deep burn in his sycamore and burn marks on the shed cladding. The packet of wirewool was so hot he needed to use pliers to put it outside. He does not report the reason for this catastrophe I can only assume it was spontaneous combustion caused either by the internal heat inside the shed or the sun shining through a window onto the packet of wirewool. We will find out more in a couple of weeks.

The gentleman has spoken to the manufacturers of the wirewool who advise that it happens 2 or 3 times a year and the finer the grade of wirewool the greater the problem. We have googled it and the recommendation is storing it in an airtight container away from any heat source.

Keep safe everyone.

PS better known is the danger of letting wirewool near batteries. Remember to keep them away from each other.



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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2015, 04:21:11 pm »

On the subject of wirewool. yep, had a really nasty experience a few years ago, a bundle of wirewool, a passed flame and a big hole melted into a plastic bath  Sad

Wasn't the combination of wirewool, a timer and batteries used in incendiary devices in WW2?

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« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2015, 09:24:41 pm »

On the subject of wirewool. yep, had a really nasty experience a few years ago, a bundle of wirewool, a passed flame and a big hole melted into a plastic bath  Sad

Wasn't the combination of wirewool, a timer and batteries used in incendiary devices in WW2?


on the subject of incendiary devices be careful with gas cylinders. The explosion was 1/2 mile away and our house shook. Thought the neighbour had hit our house wall with his car. The sky was red. We could not get very close because of the heat and the emergency services would not go near in case one of the other cylinders went off. Got some very dramatic photographs from the other side of the explosion. http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/incoming/photos-tile-hill-shed-explosion-7822328
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« Reply #15 on: May 31, 2015, 09:32:09 pm »

and link to pics taken the morning after http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/video-photos-tile-hill-explosion-7824402

The allotment plot at the back of shed lost everything. The leaves were still on the trees and bushes. I drenched them with water but they still lost their leaves within the week and the trees a short time after. My plots are at the other end of the site.
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« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2015, 09:27:02 pm »

Please note that alloy co2 fire extinguishers that are exposed to corrosive atmosphere will also produce Aluminium oxide!
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« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2015, 04:20:51 pm »

Keep an eye on the flame.

A momentary (a few seconds at most) lapse in concentration today resulted in a massive flash n ear piercing bang.

Turns out, whilst soldering, I passed the torch too close to the flexible hose and melted it.  Roll Eyes Tongue

STUPID!! been soldering for 30 years and I should know better!

Still alive to tell the tale, so, not so bad I suppose................. Just need a new hose  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2015, 04:41:00 pm »

If you are making bottle rockets from powdered ingredients, and you mix water with the powder to make a paste that can be packed into the cardboard tube, do not use a microwave oven to dry the powder.
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« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2015, 04:22:31 pm »

did you make a bomb by accident?
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