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Re: Handloading warning:

Post by Netpackrat » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:01 pm

They weren't actually working on anything, so I don't think it occurred to anyone. They were just sopping up the mess with absorbent pads.
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Re: Handloading warning:

Post by Combat Controller » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:11 pm

That is why new shooters should never, ever, be embarrassed for asking what they think is a stupid question. This was obviously NOT a stupid question.
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Re: Handloading warning:

Post by toad » Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:07 pm

Worked for a FBO that serviced both piston and turbo props.
Guess what the piston engine twin commuter pilot did when he fueled up.
Nobody hurt but I was part of the crew that went to fetch it out of field.
It was amazing how to see how clean the pistons and heads were during the tear down. Of course the frosted look was somewhat disturbing.

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Re: Handloading warning:

Post by fast richard » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:05 pm

Skydrol is one of the things I don't miss about my old job.

Reloading powder that is not in a sealed factory container is just expensive fertilizer. Even the powder in unknown reloads is just expensive fertilizer. Whoever gave that guy mislabeled powder was setting him up for very bad things if he hadn't had the sense to ask questions in the right place.

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Re: Handloading warning:

Post by PawPaw » Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:08 pm

Yeah, I saw that over at HighRoad.us. Red Dot in a Unique can.

I recall a time when we were moving. I started packing up the reloading supplies, but I was called away to other things and my wife finished up. This was my first wife. Extremely attractive, unbelievably intelligent, highly degreed and a complete ditz. A week later at the new place I asked her where all my powder was? When we were packing I had seven or eight partial jugs and when we got to the new house, I only had three jugs.

She told me that she had condensed all the powder into those three cans. There was everything from Bullseye, through the dot powders, to the slow burners, all mixed together. There was even two grades of black mixed in the slurry. I went outside and poured it on the roses.

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Re: Handloading warning:

Post by Dedicated_Dad » Fri Mar 27, 2009 4:43 am

BobbyK wrote:
Dedicated_Dad wrote:wife put windex in my water-squirt-bottle - if it wasn't blue, someone could have lost an eye.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't your wife routinely make low-to-mid-grade chemical weapons that she calls "Cleaners?"

Shouldn't HazMat be called if she gets within 50 feet of a source of Windex?

Yup. Came home TODAY in fact to find she'd been after the tile in the pool-room/man cave. Sitting here freezing right now with all the windows and doors open... :roll:

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Re: Handloading warning:

Post by Netpackrat » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:27 am

Netpackrat wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:46 pm
Well, if you've never had to drain and purge two out of the four hydraulic systems on a B747, trust me. You do not wanna go there. Skydrol is horrible, beyond nasty stuff. As can be attested to by two former co-workers of mine who were up in the gear well cleaning up the mess from a hydraulic leak, when the customer's rep up in the cockpit decided to pressurize the system. The leak hadn't been fixed yet.
Extreme necropost to note that one of these guys is currently dying of cancer, per a conversation today with a mutual friend (we all worked together at the old employer and we both ended up at the current one). We've both lost contact with the other guy, so no idea how he is doing. So yeah, don't fuck around with Skydrol and use lockout tagout. This specific incident probably wouldn't happen at the current place because of better procedures, although we've still had our share of less severe issues with the stuff.
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Re: Handloading warning:

Post by blackeagle603 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:29 pm

I have 2 or 3lb W231 can half full of Unique given to me by an old shipmate. I know it's Unique. I still won't use it for anything but feckless fun in the desert (involving toilet paper tubes, duct tape and cannon fuse).
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