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Old 12-03-2003, 06:36 PM   #1
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Gas Furnace

Just a note about something I did that was really stupid. I was working on the gas furnace in my 21' 1972 Globetrotter and decided to remove it. I didn't turn the gas off and disconnected the gas line on the supply side of the valve (thinking of course that I was disconnecting it beyond the closed valve) this caused a huge and immediate explosion. I called to my wife to turn off the gas...I was able to grab a fire extinguisher and put the fire out without any damage. It took all day to clean up the mess associated with the dry powder from the extinguisher. Lesson learned here is never, ever work on a gas line with the gas turned on.

Just a note that maybe will keep someone from making the same mistake.

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Old 12-03-2003, 06:44 PM   #2
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:22 PM   #3
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Glad you OK.

I was wondering what was the source of the ignition.
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Old 12-03-2003, 08:15 PM   #4
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Good to know that you are OK! When I read ... caused a huge explosion ... I immediately pictures your head blown off.

Maybe another lesson learned .... I keep a 5lb Co2 mounted @ the entry door, accessable from outside or inside. No clean up for small flare-ups. A good ABC dry chem is also good to have on hand.
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Old 12-04-2003, 01:46 PM   #5
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Dry Powder CO2

The Dry Powder put the fire out immediately but was very messy. Not sure the CO2 would have done as well but I think I'll take your advice and put a CO2 in the trailer too. Thanks,
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