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65coupei6
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posted 08-02-2002 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I normally keep my fire extinguisher in the trunk. But living here in San Francisco it does not get that hot. I will be going to Reno for Hot August Nights and am expecting 95+ degrees. Should I remove it before I go up there? I have heard that sometimes they can go off and make a nice mess when it gets too hot.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-02-2002 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 65coupei6:
I normally keep my fire extinguisher in the trunk. But living here in San Francisco it does not get that hot. I will be going to Reno for Hot August Nights and am expecting 95+ degrees. Should I remove it before I go up there? I have heard that sometimes they can go off and make a nice mess when it gets too hot.

Planty of cars around here with them.I would it will ok to leave it in the trunk.I leave mine in the glove box.Next week the weather should be in the 80's.Maybe I'll see you around for HAN.

SCOOP

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posted 08-02-2002 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Call your local fire department's non-emergency line. Those guys are experts at fire extinguishers, they'd know.

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65coupei6
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posted 08-02-2002 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. I will look around for you also. Just look for the scoop. Right?

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Fastymz
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posted 08-02-2002 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 65coupei6:
Thanks. I will look around for you also. Just look for the scoop. Right?

Yes,but I dont know what your car looks like.

SCOOP

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65coupei6
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posted 08-02-2002 11:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve: I never thought about that. Thanks!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-03-2002 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 65coupei6:
Steve: I never thought about that. Thanks!

Don't feel bad, I only found out a few years ago that they refill them, too.

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Fastback68
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posted 08-03-2002 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Erm, is the trunk the smart place to keep a fire extinguisher? I can think of a couple of reasons why not.
1) If you are hit from the rear and start leaking gas, you might well find you can't open your trunk.
2) If you get an engine bay fire, it's a whole journey you have to make before you can arrive at the scene.
I keep mine on the floor behind the driver's seat.

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JT
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posted 08-03-2002 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The heat in the trunk should not bother the fire extinguisher. I have had one in the trunk of my company car for the past 6 years without a problem, as have about 40 other cars where I work. We're just south of Houston, where it's like living on the surface of the sun.

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posted 08-04-2002 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fastback68:
Erm, is the trunk the smart place to keep a fire extinguisher? I can think of a couple of reasons why not.
1) If you are hit from the rear and start leaking gas, you might well find you can't open your trunk.
2) If you get an engine bay fire, it's a whole journey you have to make before you can arrive at the scene.
I keep mine on the floor behind the driver's seat.

Simon has a real good point here. When you need a extinguisher, you usually need it NOW.

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65coupei6
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posted 08-04-2002 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I talked to a Fireman today and he also said it should be fine.

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RADRIDE
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posted 08-13-2002 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RADRIDE   Click Here to Email RADRIDE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I keep mine right next to me.Have you ever tried to open your trunk with your car on FIRE.I just hope none of us do.

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amartin725
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posted 08-13-2002 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for amartin725     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had one in the trunk mounted to the underside of the trunk lid. I drilled through the channel and used sheet metal screws to hold it in place. One day, the screws worked loose and the extinguisher fell and broke open. It lasted for about 7 seconds and I knew exactly what it was. The car was a lease and I was about to turn it in, so I didn't really bother to clean it. Too bad for the next guy.

Al

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n2oMike
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posted 08-13-2002 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although more expensive, Halon is the best. It is a colorless liquid, and won't harm engines or make a mess. It's very effecive, and is what the 'big boys' use in their race car's fire suppression systems.

Here are some 'regular' halon fire extinguishers.

http://www.h3r.com/prodrecon.htm

Good Luck!

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senzstang
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posted 08-14-2002 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for senzstang   Click Here to Email senzstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Al makes a good point. If you are keeping it in the trunk make sure it is secure. Extinguishers are under a lot of pressure. If the valve gets hit and cracks you will have an uncontrolled discharge that is very dangerous and at a minimum a huge mess.

Phil

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n2oMike
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posted 08-14-2002 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have, and have used Halon 1211 before, and recommend it 100%. It comes out as a clear liquid, and evaporates to leave ZERO residue. It doesn't conduct electricity, so it won't short out anything underhood. (it's also recommended for electronics)

Anyone who has cleaned up the mess from a dry chemical unit KNOWS what a pain it can be... especially if it was on an engine, and it went down the carb.

H3R offers both new and reconditioned extinguishers at very fair prices. A 5lb reconditioned unit goes for $119, while the new one costs $169.

It's the stuff used in top end fire supression systems, and is the best way to go. It's worth a look. As a bonus, since Halon 1211 is a liquid, using it once does not render the unit useless. Powder extinguishers are only good for one use, since the powder gets in the valve and allows the pressure to leak off after use. I used mine when I first got it, and the thing held pressure for 15 years after that (up until my kids got ahold of it)

You can click on different models to see their details and prices here. Some are even available in chrome. This is a different address than listed above, and has better prices listed. (Don't click on 'select a product' click on the part numbers listed under 'home and vehicle' right below that for prices) You can order by credit card by calling 800.249.4289

http://www.h3r.com/products/355_hv.htm

I just ordered this 5lb reconditioned unit for $119. (My old 5lb unit is over 15 years old, and has leaked off a little)

Good Luck!

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n2oMike
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posted 08-14-2002 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just noticed some guy just listed a BOATLOAD of 5lb units on ebay recently. Search for 'halon'.

Good Luck!

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Mike Burch
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dhearn
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posted 08-14-2002 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dhearn   Click Here to Email dhearn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to point out that while halon is very good at putting out fires. If it is used in a confined space or it discharges in side an airtight car it displaces all oxygen and can be very dangerous because you wont be able to breathe. (just a note on safety)

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