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Old 05-07-2021, 10:53 AM   #15
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Wow! Those are some scary and sad stories. Thanks for sharing.
I'm a big believer in learning from other peoples' mistakes because I would never survive long enough to make them all myself. I never before considered the loss of hearing just by being in the vicinity of a blowout without hearing protection.
A 5' long hose and a locking air chuck seems to be the standard lashup for the pros who do this everyday. I'm going to go that route and adapt it to my Viair 450P. I think I'll wear my Mickey Mouse ears too.
Let 'em all laugh. I won't be able to hear them but it'll be by my choice.
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Old 05-07-2021, 11:32 AM   #16
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I think I'll wear my Mickey Mouse ears too.
Let 'em all laugh. I won't be able to hear them but it'll be by my choice.
After a lifetime of doing noisy things and now listening to the hiss and warble of tinnitus 24/7, I regret not having done this religiously. Such a simple thing to do, and such a huge consequence to not having done it.
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Old 05-07-2021, 02:13 PM   #17
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Years ago (MUCH younger then) Standard Oil, now Chevron had a terminal in Doraville, metro - Atlanta. Our truck shop did their own tire shop that changed tires and rims. This was the days when those old three piece locking rims were legal to run. One of the guys in the tire shop had put a new tire on one of those rims and was pumping it up. I think we ran 100 to 110 depending on the season.
No cage, no chains, nothing. That lock ring came off in an explosion and took half the poor guy's head off. He was killed instantly. Immediately, company wide those rims were done away with and tire cages were ordered and the rims chained in place. Nothing they did could help that poor guy, but maybe it saved some other men death or major injury.
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Went to my local truck tire store to get a flat fixed. Looked out in the service bay and saw the tire repair guy putting air into a big 18 wheeler tire, he had the tire leaning up against the outside of the safety cage and he was inside the cage with the air hose filling up tire with air. I guess he was not going to take any chances....
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Split rims are now illegal due to when mounted they can and will at times fly apart-if your standing in the way, most likely you will be hurt very bad if not killed. ... He said that generally if they go, this will be the time-right after the tire is mounted on the rim or when placed on the vehicle.
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Split rims are now illegal due to when mounted they can and will at times fly apart-if your standing in the way, most likely you will be hurt very bad if not killed. ... He said that generally if they go, this will be the time-right after the tire is mounted on the rim or when placed on the vehicle.
Only rims with the split in the middle of the rim are now illegal, because you cannot see the split is properly seated when the tire is mounted.
This is from the California Dept. of Industrial Relations: https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/3326.html
A truck tire inflated to 60 psi exerts nearly 12 tons of force on the locking ring.
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Just like we need another thing to worry about these days. Are typical Class C steel wheels split?
I donít think I gave seen a split rim on a new truck/RV since the 1970ís. That went away as the tubeless tire market came around.
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