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Old September 16th, 2017, 09:38 PM
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A cautionary Tale :welding under the vehicle: fire

so this does not involve my 110, but it could have, and it muight be of value to you DIY guys

so I am welding sheet metal patches on the holes on my 72 Porche 914 (volkswagon in disguise) I started thinking I had 6 holes, now I'm at 12, and will be rebuilding the bottom back 1/4th of the tunnel before I'm done with thew welding.

Car is up on the lift, I'm welding between the rear of the pan, and the bottom of the firewall - Ironic , as it turned out.

So my left shoulder is getting hot - that seems odd. I stop welding, and there seems to be more smoke than normal. Luckily, since i had already cut out the bottom of the tunnel, I happen to see flames inside the cabin - weird, I have it stripped, and just got done painting it.

so now : shut down the welder, move it from under the lift, lift the lift a few inches, that allows me to pull the safety catch cables, then finally lower it down till I can see inside. full blown campfire on the floor.

Turns out I had left a nylon bag fiull of my rags inside, as well as a roll of masking paper and they were fully engulfed. Threw on the welding blanket, shut it down pretty quick, but it shook me up a bit. I guess I'm done for the night.

Be carefull out there guys!
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Old September 16th, 2017, 10:56 PM
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Dam... glad to see you're fine and no major damage was done
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Old September 16th, 2017, 11:38 PM
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I knew a guy who was either welding or using a blow torch to strip undercoating from under the nose of a Porsche 911 without removing the fuel tank first. Since he didn't survive we're not sure exactly what he was doing at the time of the explosion....
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glad you're ok! I've been there. Small paper fires, no gasoline, thankfully.
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