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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home Myself's Avatar
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    Well this sucks!

    Right in the start of the busy season.....I'm 3 weeks behind.....and I just got 1st degree burns on 1/4 of my dominant (right) hand. DAMNIT!! Worst part is I KNOW BETTER!!! I guess Now for a couple weeks I'll have to be extra careful (read slooowww) trying not to bump or infect the skin. Looks like I'm wearing a gauze Michael Jackson glove. Happened at about 3:30 this afternoon, 15" long 2" diameter blue flame quickly right across the hand. 4 hours later my hand still feels like it's on fire! I literally carried by bucket of cool water into MedExpress with me so I could keep my hand in it, LOL! I would suggest to anybody do not do this, sort of painful but really more aggrovating since I'm a fulltime mechanic. Thumb and 3 digits still mostly OK. Probably still be able to glove up and hold tools, squeezing that hand into some of those hard to reach places will be a no-go for a while. BE CAREFUL boys and girls.
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    Re: Well this sucks!

    vacation time! spontaneus kind is the best kind! take it easy brother!

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    Re: Well this sucks!

    Sorry to hear this. Get well soon.

    Were you handling a Blow Torch?

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    Re: Well this sucks!

    Dab rig accidents happen daily.. be careful

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    Re: Well this sucks!

    Actually, I was about to help a buddy fix a hole in an older Polaris ATV gas tank. I've become pretty proficient in welding polyethylene. Tank was empty and had been rinsed out with degreaser a couple times earlier in the day. Just before holding any flames near it I thought I'd click the BBQ lighter at the cap hole JUST IN CASE any fumes wanted to ignite. Well....they DID......and apparently the 2 supply barbs for 5/16 tubing made the whole thing act like a rocket stove! Quick burst of blue/white flame and my hand was more in front of the hole instead of out to the side where it should have been. Of course, I was expecting a little orangy red roller flame and not the takeoff of the space shuttle! Anyway.....the tank is underwater soaking in Fabuloso right now. Will try this again tomorrow.
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    '89 Kawi 650SX 42.4 GPS
    +3" stock pipe, ported ex. manifold, drilled waterbox, blueprinted pump, Ocean Pro ride plate

    '99 Yama GP1200 65U 61.8 GPS
    ported cylinders, matched cases, milled head, blueprinted pump, long ride plate

    '96 Seadoo HX 717 53.13 GPS
    light porting, massaged cases, lightened flywheel, port matched manifolds, Rossier pipe, stubby pump cone

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    Re: Well this sucks!

    Wow, I suppose the Degreaser contains flammable fluids too.

    I've seen Gasoline Tanker Truck Drivers "purge" their huge Empty Tank by throwing a match into the open Top Hatch and FOOM! The Gasoline Vapors are consumed in a split second and now the Tank is gas-free and safe.

    Very scary procedure...

    By the way, how do you weld repair a Plastic HDPE Fuel Tank and not leak? Pinholes seem to be an issue with Plastic Welding.

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    Re: Well this sucks!

    Practice. You can watch the color and shine to know if the heat is right. I get the plastic soft in a spot, then light my filler until it starts to melt. At that point I start adding the filler at a rate to keep a tiny blue flame going. That keeps my filler melting slowly but keeps the ashy soot out of it. If you let the filler burn too quickly you get black soot and a dirt weld.
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    '89 Kawi 650SX 42.4 GPS
    +3" stock pipe, ported ex. manifold, drilled waterbox, blueprinted pump, Ocean Pro ride plate

    '99 Yama GP1200 65U 61.8 GPS
    ported cylinders, matched cases, milled head, blueprinted pump, long ride plate

    '96 Seadoo HX 717 53.13 GPS
    light porting, massaged cases, lightened flywheel, port matched manifolds, Rossier pipe, stubby pump cone

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    Re: Well this sucks!

    Got the hole welded up this morning.....permanent repair.
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    '89 Kawi 650SX 42.4 GPS
    +3" stock pipe, ported ex. manifold, drilled waterbox, blueprinted pump, Ocean Pro ride plate

    '99 Yama GP1200 65U 61.8 GPS
    ported cylinders, matched cases, milled head, blueprinted pump, long ride plate

    '96 Seadoo HX 717 53.13 GPS
    light porting, massaged cases, lightened flywheel, port matched manifolds, Rossier pipe, stubby pump cone

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    Re: Well this sucks!

    Do you do a Leak Test after to see if it holds under pressure?

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    Re: Well this sucks!

    Yes, up to 5psi. I use the same method to turn the Seadoo 2ps oil tanks into 1ps oil tanks that don't leak. I put up a Youtube vid on that one.
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    '89 Kawi 650SX 42.4 GPS
    +3" stock pipe, ported ex. manifold, drilled waterbox, blueprinted pump, Ocean Pro ride plate

    '99 Yama GP1200 65U 61.8 GPS
    ported cylinders, matched cases, milled head, blueprinted pump, long ride plate

    '96 Seadoo HX 717 53.13 GPS
    light porting, massaged cases, lightened flywheel, port matched manifolds, Rossier pipe, stubby pump cone

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