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  • Mumbles
    Mumbles
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    #2886

    If you are going to be using an old drum for testing motors in, utmost care has to be taken when removing the top off it. If it contained oil or fuel of some kind, it should be filled with water before doing any cutting. Some people purge them with car exhaust but CO2 (dry ice) or argon from your TIG or MIG welder will work to.

    Here’s an older news clip of what happened to one fellow while trying to make a BBQ out of an oil drum.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-19035426

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    archangel
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    #26329

    An excellent safety tip, Mumbles. Those would be best practices no matter what the drum previously contained. A student in Ottawa, ON was killed cutting a drum to make a BBQ in shops class. The drum was food grade, but previously contained peppermint oil. Here is one of the many articles about that incident:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/pr … m-1.979290

    EDIT: My mistake, it was originally thought to be peppermint oil, but was degreasing spray. Caution and care should be taken regardless of the drum’s previous contents though.

    http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/04/03/stu … jury-rules

    Steve A W
    Steve A W
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    #26354

    Try to rent a "Drum Deheader"
    http://www.mcmaster.com/#drum-deheaders/=zm4xgq

    Member of the MOB chapter.
    I live in Northwest Indiana

    mercuryman
    mercuryman
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    #26834

    I used a hammer and chisel and it didn’t take too long.

    Buccaneer
    Buccaneer
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    #26839

    I remember thirty years ago, when I was younger
    and dumber, that I cut the top off of a metal anti-freeze
    drum with a torch…….. Anti freeze goes in a radiator
    with water…. must be safe right……. ?
    Much to my surprise, while I had no explosion, I did
    end up flames in the bottom of the tank.

    Prepare to be boarded!

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    green-thumbs
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    #27513

    Every safety rule is the result of someone’s sad experience.
    A cutting torch destroyed the Normandy, one of the largest ocean liners, burned out the
    Livonia Transmission, a huge brand new fire proof plant not to mention endless explosion of empty drums and tanks.
    Boilers and piping systems of newly constructed power plants were routinely blown clean by use of natural gas until recently. The explosion heavily damaged the plant, killed or injured a number of workers and brought the practice into question. Quick, cheap and the way we have always done it met up with Murphy’s Law.
    Residue of prior content of a drum or tank may make an explosion hazard the least of your
    worries. Tanks but no tanks may be the wise course.
    Louis

    Mumbles
    Mumbles
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    #28662

    This video from WorkSafeBC explains it quite well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DP5l9yYt-g

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