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Old Jan 28, 2013, 05:36 PM
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It was a guy & his wife & brother that removed the gas regulator into the house,
Changed the thermostat to one that would give off a spark - trying to collect insurance $$$.

These class valedictorian's inquired at the utility company the day before about removing the regulator( ! ), had boarded the family cat, and were at a casino when the explsion occured.

They have been charged with 2 counts of murder.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 05:43 PM
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Boom

DUH !
Bet they didn't see that coming
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:00 PM
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My wife hates leaks!
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:12 PM
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Also my wife complained about the dryer taking twice as long to dry so I took it apart and found the fan housing (had to remove the rear panel while unplugged ) was 50% blocked w dust trash and lint, I cleaned the vent pipe every year too. Now it works like new =O
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:12 PM
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I have been soldering copper pipes and larger copper wires (with a tip designed for it) with those little hand held propane tanks for years. Never had one leak yet. I have a couple spare cylinders in the garage and the one working cylinder in the back porch. I always take the torch tip off when I'm done it goes into the top tray of my all all steel plumbers tool box. Where it wont be a problem if its hot.

Glad you got yours out of the house in time.

Also in the garage I have a quantity of plain gasoline, gas mixed 30:1 for the weed eater, Oxy/Acetylene set, a separate Acetylene torch, some kerosene, a 20lb propane tank, a small quantity of nitro-methane glow fuel, diesel fuel, motor oil, various cans of spray paint, starting ether, chlorinated brake parts cleaner, wd40, rust buster, butane, a couple of 20,000BTU wick type kerosene heaters a couple of kerosene salamander type heaters 50,000 and 55,000BTU. Yeah I lite up all the heaters on the rare occasion when I want to work on my car in the winter. The Uprights just run flat out where they don't smell and the salamanders run on a thermostat, a bi-metal moving contact type. And hanging on the wall between the people door and the overhead door is a scared 10Lb ABC extinguisher.

The only accidental fire we had was when the wife put a polyethylene cutting board on top of the kitchen range shortly after using the range. The still hot burner grates set the cutting board on fire. A passing neighbor came in and used the new as in less than a week old 5LB ABC that we keep in the kitchen to put it out. Could have been worse. Just a lot of white powder to clean up and a few new range parts.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:14 PM
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Here's one.... Just happened yesterday. Her boy friend's plumbing equipment was in her trunk.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/01/2...t-in-stoneham/
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:23 PM
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It may never happen to you but it only takes once.

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I have been soldering copper pipes and larger copper wires (with a tip designed for it) with those little hand held propane tanks for years. Never had one leak yet. I have a couple spare cylinders in the garage and the one working cylinder in the back porch. I always take the torch tip off when I'm done it goes into the top tray of my all all steel plumbers tool box. Where it wont be a problem if its hot.

Glad you got yours out of the house in time.

Also in the garage I have a quantity of plain gasoline, gas mixed 30:1 for the weed eater, Oxy/Acetylene set, a separate Acetylene torch, some kerosene, a 20lb propane tank, a small quantity of nitro-methane glow fuel, diesel fuel, motor oil, various cans of spray paint, starting ether, chlorinated brake parts cleaner, wd40, rust buster, butane, a couple of 20,000BTU wick type kerosene heaters a couple of kerosene salamander type heaters 50,000 and 55,000BTU. Yeah I lite up all the heaters on the rare occasion when I want to work on my car in the winter. The Uprights just run flat out where they don't smell and the salamanders run on a thermostat, a bi-metal moving contact type. And hanging on the wall between the people door and the overhead door is a scared 10Lb ABC extinguisher.

The only accidental fire we had was when the wife put a polyethylene cutting board on top of the kitchen range shortly after using the range. The still hot burner grates set the cutting board on fire. A passing neighbor came in and used the new as in less than a week old 5LB ABC that we keep in the kitchen to put it out. Could have been worse. Just a lot of white powder to clean up and a few new range parts.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:26 PM
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Dryer fires

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc....1.EPssTCy-dfo

Need I say more?
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:47 PM
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Benzomatic, I think this is the correct brand but not certain, had a recall several years ago for their Mapp gas cylinders. It seems that the neck of the bottle could fail at the weld and possibly explode during use. Check your cylinders folks!
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:14 PM
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Oops

http://news.consumerreports.org/reca...re-hazard.html
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:39 PM
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Several years ago it was decided to remove CFC's as propellant from aerosol cans of almost everything. In the infinite wisdom of whoever is in charge of infinite wisdom and cost containment, the CFC's were replace by other compressed gasses. Butane was one of the most common. Have been out of that industry for a good while so I do not know if that continues. If it does and you want to scare @##% out of yourself and the neighbors, hold an open flame in front of a an aerosol of perfume or hair spray and squirt. Remember the James Bond movie. Very open space, please .
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 07:58 AM
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ups !!! , pulling the torch off mine as soon as i get home.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:05 AM
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And how about Redi Whip? full of NOS... rubbing alchohol, or your averaged bottle of cooking oil that gets left by the burner and gets super heated.
Its all due to plain stupidity when you think about it, must be some kind of new natural order thing the gods have cursed us with.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:14 AM
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Lots of people think that those expandible plastic exhaust pipes will work but I dont recoment them as they kink and block the air flow from the dryer, collect lint and puncture easly. I have my dryer hard piped to the outside. You still have to clean them regularly, along with the dryer. The dryer traps (most) are only about 60% efficient at catching all the lint. Run your hand across a little used shelf in the laundry room and if you have a lot of dust you may want to give your dryer a check up.
Bob
Ya had a dryer at the local daycare catch fire from build up of lint inside the dryer. I always take the back off the dryer at least once a year or more and carefully shop vac it out. You'd be surprised how much lint builds up in there.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:18 AM
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http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/...pane-explosion

I was working in my Store about a mile away as the crow flies when this happened. It was a loud bang. The Driver heroically moved the propane truck away from the fire despite being badly burned.
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