Reminder: Brake Cleaner + Welding = Death

TJ's-TJ

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Mar 28, 2018
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MA, USA
A quick reminder for those of you that are new to welding or in case you forgot this tidbit:

NEVER clean parts with chlorinated brake cleaner prior to welding. The welding process can break down the brake cleaner into Phosgene gas that can destroy your lungs in even very small amounts!

I don't keep in my shop just so there is never a chance that it will be used...
 

KCsTJ

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Do not mix chlorine with ammonia.
The fumes are deadly.
Years ago, I was called to the scene (Dallas) of a cleaning woman who had mixed these two chemicals as a cleaning solution in a bathroom. It killed her before she could call for help.
 

Boinked

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Jul 7, 2018
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Mesa,az
Something that I learned 30+ years ago. Brake fluid is flammable and shoots a long way when you hit a brake line by accident while welding.
 
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psrivats

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Jun 4, 2018
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OR, USA
Do not mix chlorine with ammonia.
The fumes are deadly.
Years ago, I was called to the scene (Dallas) of a cleaning woman who had mixed these two chemicals as a cleaning solution in a bathroom. It killed her before she could call for help.
Chloramine gas! That shit is deadly.
 
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