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  • Gasoline instead of detergent in washer machine

    Jun 5, 2006 6:18 am US/Central

    Man Put Gasoline In Washer Before Explosion
    (AP) St. Paul A man was injured by an explosion after he put gasoline instead of detergent into a washing machine, police said.

    The explosion Saturday blew off the door to a laundry room in the man's apartment in the Summit-University neighborhood, Deputy Chief Mike Hogan said. There was no damage to the six apartment units in the building or other injuries.

    The 49-year-old man had what appeared to be second-degree burns on up to 5 percent of his lower legs, Hogan said. Paramedics took him to Regions Hospital.

    Described by neighbors as a "backyard mechanic," the man was using gasoline to wash his grease-soaked clothes for some reason and "didn't think anything of it," Hogan said. The hot water heater or another source ignited a fire that led to the explosion, he said.

    http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_156072054.html
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  • #2
    Bet he makes honorable mention in the Darwin Awards. You gotta die to win though ... http://www.darwinawards.com/

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    • #3
      I bet he got all the grease out
      Charlie

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      • #4
        wow and i thought i had meet some really odd poeple though out my life but i have never met one person queit as odd as that guy. ut really makes you wonder what poeple are thinkin
        9/11/01, never forget.

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        • #5
          At nearly $3.00 a gallon that's mighty expensive soap. So is the washing machine 2 or 4 cycle?
          Only a surfer knows the feeling. Billabong ca. 1985 or so

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          • #6
            does this mean we can put soap in the gas tank ?

            HA HA......
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            • #7
              Originally posted by oldslowchevy
              wow and i thought i had meet some really odd poeple though out my life but i have never met one person queit as odd as that guy. ut really makes you wonder what poeple are thinkin
              Actually I believe this is not an uncommon way for oil field workers to wash their clothes. I can remember stories in the past of washing machines in laundromats being damaged.

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              • #8
                lint and guukus!!!!

                What? lint..we all know what that is..gukkus? Those are those stain streaks you see on dark clothes from either the soap, softener additive or a mix of both.
                We have the whirlpool calypso the year 2002 series and right now I'm waiting for a new washer ring redesigned to reduce lint somewhat, and a new plastic balance ring. The plastic balance ring replaces the big concrete block used by older machines. the plastic one split!!!!!!

                Almost all new machines since early 1999 have eliminated the manual lint filter due to stupid consumers! They would be too lazy to empty it, so then things like valve or pump failures would occur or even fires!

                Looking inside the outside portion of the stainless steel tub I see what almost looks like "stucco" which is lint that has gone through the tub holes and instead of being washed down the drain is stuck to the outside of the tub.

                The result is dirty wash, lint, gukkus! Whirlpool says "does not happen BUT...
                wash the wash machine, run smaller loads, etc."
                We bought the damn thing for water and electrical savings! thus running many small loads defeats that premise Just like those low water toilets..ya gotta flush twice to get the paper work down, while the old styles did it right the first time....please no toilet flames..we have celebrated a birthday recently, one of out toilets just turned 40! And it is the one that works the best!

                The service tech advised to try and cut the lint build up by running it empty using dishwasher powder!! remember those nasty phosphates? Well they were there for a reason and dish washing detergent still uses it.

                Then he suggested using ZEP concrete/degreaser cleaner ...This will also help cut some of that lint but is also actually ok to use on greased up clothes that have say motor oil on them. He said the typical liquid or dry laundry soaps just do not have the capability to clean that type of dirt..other than the drop you see on a commercial. maybe 1/4 cup per load

                sudsing is a problem with these new high efficiency type washers

                there is my rant..

                No gasoline in our washer ha ha ha!!!

                Cactus Man
                Last edited by cactusman; 06-12-2006, 06:49 PM.

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                • #9
                  As Ron White says, you can't fight stupid!
                  there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.

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