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Old 10-20-2009, 06:40 PM
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home made jackstands/death

Read this weekend about a young fella that died when the car he was working on slipped off homemade jackstands and pinned him under his car while doing a repair in the yard.
His fiance come outside to find him.
29 years young.
This seems to keep on happening. I know we all can't afford the best stands. Please pass the word to those you know about to do a repair to make sure they have the car supported and have a backup support.

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Old 10-20-2009, 06:49 PM
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Jack Stands.......

Hi,i agree...use good jack stands,you only get one life.and DO NOT use concrete blocks.i had a friend die when the blocks collapsed.
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:59 PM
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I hear you, I use some many supports I cant get under the car sometimes. Even when I use ramps I slide some stands under the car just in case.
Never use stands in the grass even on a board, it can slip and fall.

Play safe!
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Keep your jack raised under it also. Some jack stand makers recommend this if you read the instructions. And scotch the wheels. Personally I wish someone would come up with a set of stands you could clamp to the car.

On a side note, has anyone else seen those plastic(?) ramps at walmart
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I don't know why you couldn't just weld a receiver and fab up a foot that could be lowered by removing a pin. You would have to jack up the car first but you would know the jack stand wont move once its let down.

I guess it would depend on how often you had it up in the air and if you could afford the weight if it would be worth it.
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:34 PM
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I have to agree about people using concrete blocks under their car's... People!!!!! ''PLEASE LEAVE YOUR CONCRETE BLOCKS'' under your house where they belong !!!!! ''NOT UNDER YOUR CAR'' !!!

A concrete block: WILL NOT WARN YOU WHEN IT'S ABOUT TO BREAK !!!!!!
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I use concrete blocks or inflated tires as extra safety ( along with jack ) when I'm under a car with jack stands.. after having the old Rambler come down on me, trip to an emergency room and thinking about what could have happened.. it might look like I raided a Florida senior housing park after a hurricane under my car, but the car will not come down on me..

I used to use blocks, I used to use the bumper jack, I used to use a small hydraulic jack and blocks to make up the height... but no more. the day after the car came down, I had a 3 ton jack from HF, and 4 ton stands, and I also have 2 square peices of 7/8" plywood to spread out the load on the ground
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I only use my 6 ton jack stands... One of the best things I ever bought.. They have a better footing on them..
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when all else fails get some good 10x10 or 12x12 oak blocks we use them to jack up highway bridges with no probs or buy a good set of stands
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First off, for God's sake you have to put the wheel you are taking off SOMEWHERE, slide it under the car. I don't care if it is your new wheels or what ever (I had a guy tell me if the car falls it will ruin his new wheel ) that is your best bet, and you have it right there.

Yep, had a co-worker killed because he took his safety locks off his lift, seems they were slowing down his work too much. Crushed his head like a watermellon, killed instantly.

LONG wood blocks are also good. If they are little short ones piled up that can fall over too.

Honestly guys, slide the friggin wheel under the car.

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yup, I use the tires/ wheels and blocks as extra safety support.. theres been times I'v forgotten to remove them b4 letting the car down but I figure it out the tires are still off the ground
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Long wooden blocks are OK if you stack them like cribbing, building a square pile under the spot you want to support. I wouldn't use anything shorter than 10 inches stacked 90 degree's to each other, somewhat like lincoln logs, if you know what they are.
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my dad had to change tire on the side of the road one time. He put the wheel under the truck. If he adn't i would have been in the dirt.(the truck) We had to bring the floor jack to him so he could somewhat safetly get the spare tire on.
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Read this weekend about a young fella that died when the car he was working on slipped off homemade jackstands and pinned him under his car while doing a repair in the yard.
His fiance come outside to find him.
29 years young.
This seems to keep on happening. I know we all can't afford the best stands. Please pass the word to those you know about to do a repair to make sure they have the car supported and have a backup support.
Was it the jackstands or the fact that he was working with them in the "yard"? Just curious because a jackstand and soil do not mix. Everything MUST be on stable ground and solid ground.
Another thing, if I am under a car with jackstands, I always leave the jack under it just for added security measures and I NEVER get under the car without my cell phone. If something happens and I would happen to still be alive, I can still call out or call 911 and not be left under there until passing away.
Most that die from a vehicle falling on them has always died alone with no one around and have been found after it happens. A cell phone or even the home cordless phone is a cheap security measure to maybe save your life.
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:00 AM
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I would add one more note, you guys who are active on the forum please do your best to look for this kind of stuff in posts. More than one time I've had to explain to somebody that you cannot jack up a car safely on an incline driveway, or that getting under the car with only the jack under it is not safe!

Some people may not have had the benefit of learning the proper way to do things like some of the rest of you, so they don't know any better until its too late. Lets all keep an eye out-

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