Friday, May 18, 2012

Having a Blast & Raising the Roof

It has been proven over and over again that heat and gas in close proximity of an idiot, is a recipe for disaster.   

The incident I’m about relay, took place in Macquarie New South Wales where metal roofs are purportedly common. When repairs to these roofs are needed, the easiest way to get the job done is by use of oxyacetylene welding, as opposed to the less volatile and safer methods, afforded by electric-arc welding. 

Pure acetylene is explosive at a mere 15 pounds of pressure per square inch, and can also explode when exposed to air.

As the story goes, our intrepid property owner was a do-it yourself type and with oxyacetylene tanks in tow, he managed to climb up onto his roof.  The roof was apparently somewhat steep and he encountered problems with the tanks slipping and sliding. In order to secure them, he took the extremely unwise decision to tack weld them to the roofing iron. Needless to say, it was the last thing he ever did.

A neighbour who had witnessed the incident commented “there wasn't much left of the roof on that side of the house”. I’m gathering there wasn’t much left of our protagonist either.


Ernest Roper
Regional Manager Durban


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