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How many have set themselfs on FIRE !

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ChefMike, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. ChefMike
    Joined: Dec 16, 2011
    Posts: 642


    Working on my truck have my angle grinder out and I'm cutting some steel sparks are flying have on my coveralls and there old with some threads hanging off ...well at first I thought I was smelling someone BBQ only to look down and just left of my boys<?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" /><v:shapetype id=_x0000_t75 stroked="f" filled="f" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" o:preferrelative="t" o:spt="75" coordsize="21600,21600"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke><v:formulas><v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f></v:formulas><v:path o:connecttype="rect" gradientshapeok="t" o:extrusionok="f"></v:path><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:lock aspectratio="t" v:ext="edit"></o:lock></v:shapetype><v:shape style="WIDTH: 12pt; HEIGHT: 12pt" id=_x0000_i1025 alt="0" type="#_x0000_t75"><v:imagedata src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\MICHAE~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_image001.gif" o:href=""></v:imagedata></v:shape> was a good size flame which I put out and continued on! I mean wouldn’t we all well the wife didn’t find it as funny as I did <v:shape style="WIDTH: 12pt; HEIGHT: 12pt" id=_x0000_i1026 alt="0" type="#_x0000_t75"><v:imagedata src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\MICHAE~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_image002.gif" o:href=""></v:imagedata></v:shape> when she seen the big burnt hole... After a little bit she did laugh and said I was a hand full! So anyone else have a story?<o:p></o:p>
  2. deto
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 2,621


    i lit myself on fire the first day of welding school. no joke.
  3. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 20,956


    Lets just say frayed coverall cuffs and cutting torches can cause some extra excitement and leave it at that. Sure that I have the bottom third of a 55 gal plastic barrel for a dog water dish though.
  4. ChefMike
    Joined: Dec 16, 2011
    Posts: 642


    Nice cant wait to show my wife Im far cry from the only one !
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  5. junk yard kid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
    Posts: 2,637

    junk yard kid

    I did in the last thread on the same subject.
  6. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,178

    Bruce Lancaster

    I doubt there is anyone at all on the HAMB who hasn't set himself on fire. Just a natural part of the old car environment...
  7. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,322


    Does leaning over a new battery adjusting the carb while your buddy turns the engine over and the battery explodes in your face count?
  8. 53sled
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 5,820

    from KCMO

    There are plenty of check book hotrodders. I myself, have been on fire plenty.
  9. 64ONEOFF
    Joined: Nov 30, 2011
    Posts: 378

    from Md.

    Flannel and sweat shirts catch fire real quick when grinding..:)
  10. Yes i'm sure we all have. When I do it usually goes like this, thinking to my self "Whats burning?" look down think calmly to self "oh I'm on fire" then it clicks and out loud"OH SHIT IM ON FIRE" then pad myself out and keep working. Hell last weekend I did it twice in 5 minutes. I guess I should have let my coat cool off longer. It reignited rather quickly
  11. ChefMike
    Joined: Dec 16, 2011
    Posts: 642


    Dude that sucks dont tell my wife that can happen
  12. tjet
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
    Posts: 1,265

    1. Early Hemi Tech

    When building a demolition derby car, make sure you weld the door shut after you are done welding in the roll bar.

    Makes it a lot easier to get out after the bench seat catches on fire
  13. Yep. What Bruce said.
  14. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,178

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member there is flameless cookery! You pick up that part that was glowing red 30 seconds discover that the spots you are seeing are actually grinder slag permanently embedded in your brand new realize that the smell of burning bacon is actually your hand that is holding the chisel you are sharpening on the grinding wheel...
  15. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,207


    A 4" grinder can also alight frayed places in the middle of a sweatshirt...from a small hole to a dandy large hole...thot I could smell something burning...!!!

  16. 48ford
    Joined: Dec 15, 2001
    Posts: 372


    How do you think I got my cutoff shorts?
  17. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 1,962



    It would take less time to tell you about the times I didn't set myself on fire.
  18. chigger
    Joined: Jan 30, 2009
    Posts: 167


    just catch your pants on fire in the crotch and smack yourself putting it out.... you'll only do that on once!!!!
  19. Harris
    Joined: Feb 15, 2007
    Posts: 863


    Set my shirt on fire while grinding, Without my knowledge, neither saw and called fire dept. - guys show up and die Laughing wondering if I'm gonna show up to relieve them in the morning.
  20. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 7,796

    Rusty O'Toole

    If you haven't set yourself on fire you aren't a hot rodder.

    Eventually you learn to wear leather boots and cotton clothes. Plastic and polyester goes up like gasoline.

    And if you are doing heavy duty grinding and welding wear proper safety gear.

    Incidentally cotton overalls can be fireproofed by dipping in borax solution and letting dry. Not exactly Kevlar but better than nothing.
  21. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 16,057

    from California

    lit my crotch up pretty good one time grinding one thing or another... luckily I had on a nice pair of Carhart overalls on and didn't burn my junk. Carharts over jeans... if it was just my jeans things would have been very different.

    another time I was cutting up some 53 Chevy remains with a torch and my neighbor came over and started talking to me. I thought I turned off the gas but there was a little flame coming out still and I lit my pants up around my knee. not too bad though.

    why a person would come up and start talking to a guy working with a cutting torch is beyond me. he was a boat mechanic and was around tools and stuff all the time.. should have known better.
  22. Brog
    Joined: Jul 7, 2011
    Posts: 208


    The other day I was overhead welding with what I thought was my "tough" dickies jacket then in the corner of my helmet I see an orange light reflecting, when I get done with my bead I see that the cloth hood that was attached to it was on fire!
  23. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 38,219


    Had my shirt burned clear off of me in the '70s. 45% 2nd and 3rd degree, they said I would not see the sun come up. Fooled 'em.

    Have set my clothing on fire more than once either welding or grinding.

    Set my hair on fire a couple of weeks ago. See:

    Pretty damned funny actually.
  24. EnragedHawk
    Joined: Jun 17, 2009
    Posts: 815

    from Waco, TX

    Does that come with some kind of guarantee? Because I want my money back...
  25. mixedupamx
    Joined: Dec 2, 2006
    Posts: 514


    not recently but in high school welding class in @ 1977 with frayed jean cuffs (ya I was stylin!) burned about 2" off the bottom. just like you I thought there was a BBQ going on till I lifted my helmet and looked for the source:eek:!!!!!teacher saw me hopping around trying to put them out and everyone had a good laugh.
  26. billsill45
    Joined: Jul 15, 2009
    Posts: 784

    from SoCal

    Several times ... while cutting down a pair of coil springs with a cutoff wheel, I learned to pay attention to the direction the sparks are flowing. Cost a pair of near-new jeans but no trip to the emergency room.

    Years ago, while surviving Minnesota winters, I learned the wisdom of not leaning over the engine when using starting fluid (ether) when your buddy hits the starter. It takes about 6+ weeks for eyebrows and lashes to grow back.
  27. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,012


    More than once...
  28. RoadkillCustoms
    Joined: Jul 10, 2008
    Posts: 269

    from Mesa, AZ

    Welding slag deposited in my t-shirt pocket - I was leaning so the pocket was hanging away from me. I didn't feel the heat, and really didn't notice until the smoke near blinded me. Of course I was on a ladder and was all gymnastically positioned so I couldn't make any sudden moves - yet I was able to get the damn shirt off before anything more than minor burns...
  29. Stroker McGurk
    Joined: Feb 17, 2012
    Posts: 293

    Stroker McGurk
    from Canada

    Gloves mostly, a few holes in sweaters.........The worst is, getting the welding slag in the boot....Funny how you can manage to move your foot away from it in those tight boots

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