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Old 06-05-2019, 02:31 AM   #1
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I was up way past my bedtime about 2:00 am , and decided to go out to the truck to get some paperwork to do in the morning .

Opened the door and was met with thick acrid smoke. I knew exactly what it was , oily rags from staining a floor we had just sanded .

I was able to save the truck and most of my tools by pulling everything out of the truck

Lost my drywall sander a stabila level a bunch of batteries and a charger two gallons of Duraseal poly for the floor we were doing

Saved my pack out box and assorted tools

Damage to the truck is limited to the plastic door panel in the rear and the wiring harness and smoke and soot on everything

I usually am very cautious with oily rags and donít leave them where they can catch fire and hurt anything , today I lapsed

Thank God I didnít leave them on the job

Spontaneous combustion is real people , take every precaution
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:36 AM   #2
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Re: Fire


Tomorrow is going to be a long day . I am already behind schedule

Could have been much worse

Contractor Talk very likely saved my truck . If I hadnít been reading here I probably would have been asleep

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Old 06-05-2019, 02:39 AM   #3
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4:30 am adrenaline is wearing off , donít know if I should fix some coffee or go to bed . Sun will be coming up soon .

I guess Iíll stay up and assess the damage in the daylight . Might be looking for a truck today .

I donít have lights in the back , weather stripping is gone , door panel , plastic on rear bumper ,and soot

Truck has nearly 400k on the clock donít know if I want to put a lot of effort into fixing it yet

I am thankful it wasnít worse
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I bet I was a sight pulling flaming crap out of the truck and slinging tools in the yard in my tighty whiteys.

The fire was in the back , brute trash can was melted into a puddle , one gallon of poly had blown itís lid and was boiling ,I pulled what I could out of the back , till chit was burning my feet . Ran to the side door and started chunking tools then pushed the stuff that was on fire out the back .

Then the poly flashed , flames shooting up , I ran around and started the truck and pulled it away from the fire . Couldnít see crap through the windshield for the soot .

Holio frack , what a trip

Oh yeah lost my good drop cloths
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Good lesson for all, thanks for publishing. When I was a fireman, we had a fire that started in a garage the exact same way.

Glad you're alright. I'd say with four hundred on the ODO, time for a new truck, boss.

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Good lesson for all, thanks for publishing. When I was a fireman, we had a fire that started in a garage the exact same way.

Glad you're alright. I'd say with four hundred on the ODO, time for a new truck, boss.

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Yeah I knew better , meant to take the can out of the truck , slipped my mind .

My uncle lost his garage to a fire from the same thing , he was a professional mechanic and lost all of his tools and a nice three wheel motorcycle he had built .
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Only liability on the truck , it has no value anyway

The tools should be covered under my GL policy , if I turn it in
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Sent this to blacktop - another Virginian yesterday. Maybe would suit your needs?
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Iíd sport that around
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For some reason I canít post pictures now
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Why are you driving with oily rags in the cab to begin with, not even gonna mention leaving them inside the truck?

What you trying to catch a buzz?

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Itís a van , itís all cab

Yes indeed lesson learned
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Itís a van , itís all cab

Yes indeed lesson learned
You got lucky this time with minimal damage, I have seen a newly constructed house burned because they left the rags in the garbage bag.

I had a few companies throughout the years doing my floors and after the staining was completed they put all the soaked rags into metal containers with lids and they would fill it with water for transport, or lay them out to dry, so they can be safely disposed of.

Keeping rags together in a pile is like a bomb, when they in a pile the heat has no place to escape and when the temperature raises to a high enough level it ignites the rags. This is the most common spontaneous combustion fire.
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I have seen a newly constructed house burned because they left the rags in the garbage bag.

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Happens quite a bit here. Anytime a house a week away from being finished catches on fire very good chance its the oily rags from the floor guys. I was on a job where the floor guys put the rags in the black plastic bag with the sawdust and set it in the middle of the driveway so if it did burn the house would not catch on fire. I thought the GC was going to kill them he was so mad.

My painter lost his truck that way

half fill a bucket with water and put them in there for the ride home
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4:30 am adrenaline is wearing off , donít know if I should fix some coffee or go to bed . Sun will be coming up soon .
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My painter tried to put his truck fire out in his undies too, must be a trend
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Yep , the sad thing is I already knew all about spontaneous combustion with oily rags , which makes me doubly stupid .

We worked late to get the job done , got home and put it out of my mind .

I only share this here so others can learn from my mistake

If I can figure out how to load pics again I’ll share them , worked earlier IDK why it doesn’t work now
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The drama is real & it really sucks. Glad it wasn't worse. So sorry about your drops.




We showed up at a job one day to recoat a floor. Floor was just barely dry, didn't screen very well, but I did get a little powder when buffing, so I went forward. Vacuumed, hot coated & went home. First thing the next morning, I get a call from the GC. What the hell did you do to my garage floor? I'm clueless what he's talking about. Turns out, I left the vacuum in the garage with the still curing poly dust in the bag. You guessed it, spontaneous combustion in the vac. Blew oily smoke all over the garage floor out the hose. Thankfully it self extinguished in the night & all I lost was my Pro Team mega vac.

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