Fire Extinguisher 'service'..

Submitted: Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 14:31
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With a lot of people getting ready to go out & about- it may be a good time to remind all to check the extinguisher..
While the pressure indicator may look good 'in the green'- doesn't mean the thing will work.
Even in a stationary position the powder settles- in a vehicle with the normal vibrations, the powder tends to pack down.
Suggest you tap the extinguisher against a tree, and shake it till you can hear the powder free flowing !!

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 14:50

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 14:50
Signman,

Maybe we could pull the safety pin and squeeze the trigger. That will show whether it is still working:-)
Then ......um........oh!.......the small ones are "disposable" aren't they?

Good point with the powder settling mate.
I give my two bottles a shake every once in a while.

Buggered if I can hear the powder sloshing about though.
Then again, my hearing is not the best.

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Reply By: mike w (WA) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 18:25

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 18:25
Even just sitting them upside down against a wall for a while will do the trick, especially large ones as they end to get heavy after a while.

When I used to service them, to free up the powder before discharge we used to sit them upside down and give the base a few taps with a rubber mallet until yo could eel the powder drop
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Reply By: BoldJack ( Penrith NSW) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 21:28

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 21:28
G'Day Signman

I wouldn't have thought your extinguishers get a chance to settle very often , given your past history. LOL :-)
But seriously its a good point and I will go and check ours now,as we will out and about this weekend.
Cheers Boldjack
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Follow Up By: BoldJack ( Penrith NSW) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 21:31

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 21:31
Oh I forgot !
What happens in the High country , Stays in the High country!
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