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  • #397112
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    linseed oil, I am sure most of you guys know this but a regular reminder doesn’t hurt.

    #397121
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    A very timely reminder. Thanks @r-ice

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    #397127
    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Moderator
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    Watco Oil stains will do the same thing. My wife had stained something at home about 25 years ago when I was not home and threw the rags in the trash. We woke up in the middle of the night to a house full of smoke. We were lucky, it was just smoldering at the time and fortunate we were home. We ended up with a little smoke damage was all.

    It was the first time she had stained something herself and had never noticed that when we had done it together that I spread out all of the rags to dry instead of tossing them in a garbage can. I did not think to check out what she had done with the rags. She is very careful about spreading them out to dry now.

    It is definitely a danger, Coming from someone who has experienced it.

    #397129
    kswiss
    Pro
    edmonton, AB

    Thanks for the info, I did not know about this.

    #397130

    Something to keep in mind. I added one of these to the shop as an extra precaution. I do not want to wake up to a fire.

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    #397144
    58Chev
    Pro
    Etobicoke, ON

    Thanks for the info, I did not know about this.

    Same here, mind you I don’t do any wood staining but I do use other automotive chemicals and leave the rags outside of the garage until dry.

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    #397148
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    That was unbelievable, thanks for the PSA.

    #397159
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    I can’t say that I’m the best at disposing rags after staining. The generally end up in the trash…after seeing this, I’ll take more care.

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    #397189
    Lakelover
    Pro
    Fort Qu'Appelle, SK

    Any oil product, even wipe on Poly. The rag goes outside into a metal can with water in it.

    Even the off cuts from fiberglass can smoke, even if you think they are cured.

    A few years back the museum was doing a big reno and spraying foam and fiberglass. Had a huge fire, there was a pic on the news and it was said “cause of fire under investigation” I knew what it was right away.

    The fiberglass overspray was swept up and put in a garbage can, witch went up in flames. Should have been put outside, way away from any building.

    #397206
    jzmtl
    Pro
    Montreal, QC

    I usually dunk the rags in water before throwing them out.

    #397337
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    From now on I’m just burning the rags.

    #397381
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Any VOC I either lay out to dry completely overnite putside weather and wind permitting, or toss in empty paint can with water and seal the can to be brought to the harmful chemical waste station.

    #397388
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    Any VOC I either lay out to dry completely overnite putside weather and wind permitting, or toss in empty paint can with water and seal the can to be brought to the harmful chemical waste station.

    what is a VOC?
    I just lay them out and let them dry, they dry super fast and you don’t have to worry about your house burning down.

    #397389
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Any oil product, even wipe on Poly. The rag goes outside into a metal can with water in it.

    I didn’t know that about WOP. I’m usually careful about rags but now will take extra care.

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    #397498
    jzmtl
    Pro
    Montreal, QC

    Any VOC I either lay out to dry completely overnite putside weather and wind permitting, or toss in empty paint can with water and seal the can to be brought to the harmful chemical waste station.

    what is a VOC?
    I just lay them out and let them dry, they dry super fast and you don’t have to worry about your house burning down.

    Voltatile organic compound, basically smelly solvent-ish stuff.

    #397502
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Holy crap I didn’t know about this, I’ve always thrown rags in the trash. Usually the outside trash but that’s just a plastic can with plenty of other flammables from normal household trash, Newspaper etc

    #397510
    jzmtl
    Pro
    Montreal, QC

    Actually it has to be Boiled linseed oil for spontaneous combustion, raw linseed oil is fine.

    #397539

    Oily rags are no joke!! We re-built a home for a client after there house burned to the ground…the cause was oily rags in the garage after he finished staining a door.

    Andrew

    A Working Pro since 1995!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #397544
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Any VOC I either lay out to dry completely overnite putside weather and wind permitting, or toss in empty paint can with water and seal the can to be brought to the harmful chemical waste station.

    what is a VOC?
    I just lay them out and let them dry, they dry super fast and you don’t have to worry about your house burning down.

    Voltatile organic compound, basically smelly solvent-ish stuff.

    Jie is right.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volatile_organic_compound

    Oily rags are no joke!! We re-built a home for a client after there house burned to the ground…the cause was oily rags in the garage after he finished staining a door.

    There was a house last year that blew up when the guys doing the floor didn’t ventilate enough. It’s pretty serious stuff what the off gasing can do.

    Last year, I stained a fence with Penofin oil that runs between mine and my neighbors house about for 40 feet and continues another 60 feet to the end of our yards. The off gasing overnite was unreal. Both our houses stunk like crazy overnite just from the off-gasing wafting it’s way into our soffits and permeating into our houses. Real stinky sleep that nite.

    #397549

    Another excellent point to go along with this PSA @Doobie! When sanding old finish off of hardwood floors or old cabinets, the sanding can create heat and if the sawdust is in a container, the heat can get hot enough combined with the old finish and start on fire.

    Andrew

    A Working Pro since 1995!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

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