Cautionary tail

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2014: Cautionary tail
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Olsen on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 03:02 am:

I just spent some time in the back of an ambulance after inhaling the gasses coming out of an overcharging battery. (sulfur dioxide) It was on a forklift, and a new fancy computerized charger...that overcharged it anyway. The lab fire department said I and my 2 co workers were lucky. We were taking a tour of a building for training and happened upon the situation.
So...
CHARGE BATTERIES IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA! DON'T LEAVE THEM UNSUPERVISED.

Hug your kids, pet the dog.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 04:42 am:

We all need these reminders once in awhile!
Glad you are okay! (You are okay, aren't you?) Your co-workers also.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 07:48 am:

Chris,

I'm glad you and the others are ok. Thank you for sharing the reminder. Do you know if the batteries were sealed or not sealed? I suspect they were much larger and/or more of them than used on a T but just curious if they were sealed and still leaked or not.

By the way what year and model "mostly iron oxide" car do you have? I've had a few of those over the years. And actually they can be the most fun as you don't worry if they get hit by a rock from the gravel road etc. Ok, if you have glass in them you donít want the glass chipped. But when I was in high school my mostly 1929ish Model A Ford didnít have any glass, upholstery, top, etc. when I was driving down that dusty road. If you saw the movie ďOh Brother Where Art ThouĒ with the old cars driving down the dusty roads those were very similar to the dusty roads in Northwest Louisiana where I lived when I went to high school. More dust than rocks.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Olsen on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 08:13 am:

We are fine. I took some O2 in the back of the wagon. My BP was a tad high, having revisited my dinner from all the coughing. My O2 levels were good, so no hospital. My crewmates were not as close as I was, and suffered no ill effects. I'm a little tight chested, but getting better. Thanks for the kind thoughts.

Hap, The batteries were the big sealed lead acid forklift jobs. One might not be so sealed any more. The FPD said they were around 300 degrees F! As for the car: It is a late teens chassis being turned into a 1923 due to the engine I have. It started as a T, turned into a seed wagon, sat for 13 presidential administrations then came to me.
I have not updated since June, but here is a blog thingy. It starts on the bottom. I have a lot more done now.
http://phuphuphnik.blogspot.com/


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Coiro on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 08:19 am:

Glad to hear you're okay, Chris. -And thanks for sharing the important cautionary info.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Knoll on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 08:30 am:

I too, had a little wake up call and cautionary tale I posted in the MMO debate....this after riding 2 wheelers since I was 17 and 20 plus years in the fire service....glad you are okay Chris.......

"I broke my ARM sliding on slimy concrete going downhill on my motorcycle in AMIO, SANTA CATALINA, NEGROS ORIENTAL,PHILIPPINES on the ninth, and though I have nothing bad to say about MMO, if I find the !@#$% who poured it on that cement I will kill him ! Now I have a $1300 Titanium plate made in china in my shoulder....... I have a strange longing for Chop Suey ! "


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:22 am:

Good warning, Chris; thanks. All it takes is one shorted cell make the automatic charger overcharge the rest of the cells. I'm not sure if any chargers have shorted cell detection.

Dan, you're having too much fun with those Filipinas. Where's the splint?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:23 am:

Cautionary tail, indeed, Dan.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 03:20 pm:

Chris,

Thanks for the additional details. Sealed battery didn't help prevent the problem. And from the photos on your link -- your "mostly iron oxide" Model T is turning into a great looking speedster. I'm glad you are alright.

Dan,

Sorry you took a spill. Hope you recovery quickly.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 03:42 pm:

Dan K, Saddened to hear about your accident. Glad that you will be okay. Now you will have fun with airports and building security.
Ricks-SC is right about how those automatic chargers can fail to prevent disaster. I prefer to use a basic charger and follow reasonable procedures to use it. The big problem with automatic systems, is that they give people a false sense of security. People then choose to not learn how to do things the right way because they have been taught that the machine will take care of it for them.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


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