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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Cavalry, Mar 12, 2001.

  1. Cavalry

    Cavalry 1/2 ton status

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    This was todays excitement. A spark from my MIG went into my pocket and set me on fire. Fortunately my work uniforms are treated with a flame retardant and it went out right away. The sad thing is I DO have welding leathers and never use them. The moral of this story is watch your pockets and anything else around sparks etc, I think if I had been wearing a regular cotton flannel my day would have really sucked.
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  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    [​IMG][​IMG] Being on fire is fun......Most of my covvies look like that.
    Just make sure you're wearing jeans and a thick shirt underneath. I also know the smell of burning coveralls real well, as soon as I smell it I stop and put out the fire. I hate wearing leathers too.
    Another good tip is if you smoke get a Zippo not a Bic........can you say boom?

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  3. Emmettology 101

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    Alos, a good "rookie" mistake is Dotn wear Sneaker/tennis shoes!!!! Man, that sh!t hurts!

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  4. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Reminds me back in high school when a kid was welding with t-shoes and sparks caught his shoes on fire!!! Man, he was running all over the place!!! Finally got to the big round "sink" and just put his whole foot/shoe in the water!!! We laughed all day, rolling around on the floor crying!! Man, that was one of my favorite moments of high school!
     
  5. BadDog

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    I always wore heavy long denim shirts (untucked!) over t-shirt with jeans and steel toe cowboy boots. My shop was in AL, too hot and humid in the summer to even think of leathers. Although, sometime laying on my back under a vehicle doing some serious welding I would spread the leather apron over me and my creeper like a blanket. Not fun when a bit of slag or metal falls off and roles under your shoulder! Man, seemed like everything I owned had holes in it at that time.

    My uncle is a "boiler-maker" and he has special shirts made out of really heavy denim with a overhang flap on the back at the shoulders. Under the flap is an open mesh cloth and there is similar stuff under the arms. Makes a big diff in the summer working in the sun (or inside a large tank which is setting in the sun!).

    Bad Dog

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  6. shaggyk5

    shaggyk5 1/2 ton status

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    Is that skin I spy through the hole?

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  7. K5XLR8R

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    OH YEAH!!!! BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF MY WELDING CLASS A FEW MONTHS AGO....FIRST NIGHT I EVER ARC WELDED I CAUGHT MY LEG ON FIRE...THEN THE LASTNIGHT OF THE CLASS I CAUGHT MY SWEATER ON FIRE...FIRST TIME I SMELLED THE COTTON BURNING AND WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE I SMELLED THAT SMELL BEFORE...THEN I FELT IT!! YEEHAWW!!!...THE SECOND TIME I WAS ON THE TORCH...THE TORCH WAS KIND OF FUNKY AND WASN'T WORKING RIGHT BUT I KEPT WELDING...THEN I SMELLED IT AGAIN BUT IT WAS SORT OF A PLASTIC SMELL..TURNED OFF THE GAS AND THOUGHT IT WAS STILL LEAKING AND SMELLED THE TIP, THEN I FELT THE RUSH OF HEAT LOOKED DOWN AND MY SWEAT SHIRT WAS TOAST!!!...THE PLASTIC SMELL WAS THE ZIPPER BURNING....YOU'D THINK AFTER THE FIRST TIME I'D KNOW BETTER...TOOK ME LONG ENOUGH! ALSO BURNED A NICE HOLE IN THE CROTCH OF MY BRAND NEW CARHART PANTS!!!...DAMN!!!!
     
  8. jcg

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    A couple weeks ago I was welding my y-pipe back together after smashing it on a rock the day before and the weld puddle popped from some rust. I haven't flown out from under my truck that fast in quite a while. I was already in motion before the molten metal even hit me. I have a tig welder so I was just wearing a heavy flannel over a long sleeve shirt... luckily cotton doesn't like to burn very well and it only put a hole through the flannel and singed the shirt. Good thing I had just taken my Carhart off, the liner in that would have gone up for sure if it burned through the outer shell.

    BTW, I've had hot slag go down my boot... that's really not a pleasant experience.

    Joe
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    Hell,I weld in shorts and a t-shirt in the summer.I just wear alot of sunscreen.

    Chuck
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  10. Cavalry

    Cavalry 1/2 ton status

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    yep that would be skin showing......no major burn though...just got a little warm

    Luke
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