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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Well that was stupid



Did you ever do something knowing it was a bad idea from the get go? Sometimes you just have to give into temptation.


So there I was putting a new tire on the scooter. Once again, I was fiddling around trying to set the bead. There’s a trick where you wrap a ratchet strap around the tire to squish it in the middle and made the sides set. It can be a fiddly thing sometimes but often works.


However, I’d been messing around outside for a couple hours. The black flies were swarming. They know when your hands are busy and you can’t swat at them. I literately had blood running down the side of my head from their bites. 


Then I came in for a minute to get another tool. That’s when I spotted a can of starter fluid left over from when I ran diesel engines. That’s when the temptation to do something stupid was too much. I geared up with eye protection, heavy gloves, the whole bit. I went back outside with the can of starter fluid and a very long lighter used for fireplaces. 


Yep, I used the starter fluid to explode the tire onto the rim. My first attempt I used a very small amount. Too small, as it turns out, but that was fine. Just a timy bit more did the job. A short while later the wheel was back on and going down the road. 


Sure, I got away with it, but I plead temporary insanity from the black flies. It’s a really really bad idea and a lot people get injured every year from this idiot method. If you decide to be stupid it’s on you, not me. 


-Sixbears

6 comments:

  1. Years ago, I helped an old tire-buster with the flats on the large earth moving equipment on a project site. He'd us lighter fluid, when he had it, but gasoline was his replacement.

    I kept a shovel handy, since the fire would sometimes need some dirt to put out the flames.

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  2. A large firecracker will also do the job. Somewhat safer too.

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    1. What is it with guys and things that go boom? Never heard of the firecracker idea. Cool.

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    2. Saw it done on YouTube YMMV LOL.
      Makes sense tho , sudden expansion of gases. Might even be somewhat safer ?

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    3. Can't be more dangerous.

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