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Please, be careful!

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by MSiege, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. cdk84

    cdk84 Gold Level Sponsor

    Hello again MSiege,

    Just sent you a PM, but had not seen this thread about safety.

    First, I hope you are Much better. A close Second, thank you so much for [metaphorically, mind you] sticking your neck out to share a story that some might find embarrassing, to assure the safety of others.

    Third, it's great to receive a reminder about such things. While safe procedure might be part of our training or daily conduct, it's something No one should Ever take for granted.

    I've been away from the garage, professionally, for many years. After just starting to work again, I almost launched into working under a car without a secondary support to back up the jack I used to lift the car. I had blocked the rear wheels and set the emergency brake, but held myself in check until I put a wheel ramp under the cross member as a backup support, covering it with shop rags to protect the new paint.

    When I finally got under the car, I had strong confidence that, with some measure of certainty, I would come out again. And this work is no longer just about myself as it once was. I am newly remarried and my wife literally needs my support, so it would be incomprehensibly selfish of me not to think of her before starting any work that could put me in harm's way. So I do.

    Thanks so much for your post. Stay safe and have fun while you're doing what you love.
  2. Eleven

    Eleven Platinum Level Sponsor

    When my father in law closed up his business I grabbed six blocks of old growth wood he used to place machinery on as he built them. About 18" high and 12" wide. Have always hated being under a car, still do but don't worry near as much.
    Glad you are okay, that has to scare the antifreeze out of you!
  3. DanR

    DanR SAOCA Treasurer Diamond Level Sponsor

    Don't know for sure why or what caused a VW Bug Of-Road to fall on my High School Buddy. His wife came home and found him "cold".

    He had built and modified cars as a obby most of his life. Worked at the DFW Airport and a Engine mechanic. Sure he knew how to do the job right! Maybe just a bit careless and did not do that last "check" before getting under the VW. It crushed him so he could not breathe.

    Tink of him lots of time when I am jacking up "any" thing that is heaver than I :)

    I always make sure the jack stands are set flat on the floor and when jacking up especially with a rolling jack the wheels are able to move forward and backwards freely. Then I will watch the "base" of the jack stands to make sure they do not rock or tip as I continue raising motion.

    Hope ya'll do well and be safe!
    Cali_59 likes this.

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