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Thread: Fuel tank welding fire - GIF

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    I thought 'At least it is not still on the vehicle' and then the fuel started leaking! Welding a tank isn't hard or dangerous provided a few precautions are taken.

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    And always wear your finest welding attire, shorts and crocs...

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    using the pressure blaster as a fire suppression tool was a BIG mistake, all it did was push the fuel around the scene and make the problem bigger. There is a reason why you never use water in a fuel fire, and spreading it around is the main reason.
    most pressure blasters would introduce entrained air, plus kick the fuel around enough to have the effect of fanning the fire, rather than smothering it.

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    Welding fuel tanks is not a hastily shoddy work, it is extremely dangerous process!

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    If you fill it with water first there are no fumes to explode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill1943 View Post
    If you fill it with water first there are no fumes to explode.
    I think in this case there was considerably more than fumes in there - ie you can see the liquid fuel being pushed around by the water blaster.
    I do know people who weld on tanks FULL of diesel, but that is because they control the amount of vapour, and the fuel air mix that results. Too rich is just as safe as too lean in most circumstances, but you've got to really know what you're doing to pull that off.

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    The definition of "A comedy of errors"! Remember: Always lift with your back, Always close your eyes when crossing the street, never wear a shirt when welding and Always use water when extinguishing a fuel spill!

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