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Old 05-31-2014, 02:44 PM   #1
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Fire extinguisher care

I always have trouble remembering this needs done. Does everyone remember to give your extinguisher a few flips to keep it "ready to go"? We carry them but don't always remember they need maintenance care. terry r.
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Old 05-31-2014, 05:36 PM   #2
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Never heard of the maintenance. Just look to see it is still in the green zone.
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Old 05-31-2014, 05:51 PM   #3
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The dry stuff inside packs down hard as a rock due to vehicle movement/vibration, Darwin. There've been instances when nothing came out but the propellant because the good stuff was tamped so solid.
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One should take 'em out and shake 'em up periodically.
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Old 05-31-2014, 06:04 PM   #4
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One service company I know of would tap on the bottom with a rubber hammer when doing their inspections.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:11 PM   #5
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My fire extinguisher is as old as my camper. I'm pretty sure it would be best to simply replace it with a new one.

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Old 05-31-2014, 07:37 PM   #6
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Best extinguishers are the ones with the metal valves / handles. My local extinguisher service place will recharge them, but they won't do the plastic valve ones.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:00 PM   #7
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You may be surprised with how long they can last. I had a powder filled one in my car for 10 years. One year when they came to the shop to recharge all the company bottles I had him do mine. He looked at the date and said it probably woundn't work. It did and he just shook his head. He did tell me to keep them from packing down to turn it upside down and use a rubber hammer to loosen it up every six months or so.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:02 PM   #8
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Easy fix

I try to keep my fire extinguishers mounted upside down. That way when it is turned to the correct position, the settled powder moves and is no longer packed at one end. Of course I also shake them every now and again and I never had one fail during my many years as a volunteer fire fighter.
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Old 05-31-2014, 10:24 PM   #9
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Good suggestion to turn it upside down and use a rubber hammer to loosen it up every six months or so. When you buy the extinguisher, you don't know how long it's been sitting on the shelf!
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Just a bit of follow up on that 35 year old extinguisher that was recharged way back when. I have carried it in the rear door pocket in my 4 DR Ranger since '02. Wellllll, I had a bunch of items behind the seat after a shopping trip and only removed a few of them and moved a few things around doing it. Closed the doors and never saw the white cloud go off inside, dang. But on the bright side it still worked after a 17 year old recharge. Glad it was only powder. Kind of off subject but my two expiriences prove to me that even though they have years on them they can still be OK. I've only used a personal extinguisher once in 50 years on the road for someone that had a small fire going. Good, but the guy didn't even say thanks , Oh well
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The only way to know for sure if it still works is to discharge it. And, then it doesn't work anymore.
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Yup Glenn, just like popping a beer....it doesn't work anymore
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Thank You francesca+knowles
I have now joined the Shake, Rattle and row team.
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:06 PM   #14
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I turn mine upside down once or twice a year and thump it against the tire. I'm not convinced it is more than an urban legend but it doesn't hurt.

Yea, I know, somebody knew somebody that had a brother-in-law that worked with a guy that had an extinguisher fail.
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