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Old 11-07-2005, 10:43 AM
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Loacl man KILLED when van crushes him

In the News paper this past week: A young guy making a few extra bucks changing out a trans had the van drop off the jack and crush him. His wife called him in for lunch and came out to find him under the van. This happens all to often: Never work under any vehicle without prober support like jack stands. When on gravel use ramps. Work safely guys....!


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Old 11-07-2005, 10:54 AM
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Stories like this just hurt me to the core, when all it takes is a little effort to support a car properly. Life is too short, I feel for his family and friends.

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Old 11-07-2005, 02:30 PM
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Man, that's awful. I hope his family can at least survive without his support...

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Old 11-07-2005, 02:40 PM
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i use old car rims for jack stands. i set the tires in them. when i'm under a car i take a rim under with me. as long as it's fatter than me i'm covered. of course it's time for a lift around here.
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Old 11-07-2005, 03:14 PM
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what you guys think about 3 legged jack stands?
My dads always saying they suck, not that I have them, mine are four. I cant say I have ever met anyone with them. but I have also never heard anyone out side of my dad say dont use them either...
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what you guys think about 3 legged jack stands?
I have a pair of 3 legged jack stands. They saved my life as well. No doubt that 4 legged stands are safer but having a 3 legged is better than having nothing. I like the old rims idea.
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Old 11-07-2005, 03:51 PM
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I dont know, the rims thing sounds kind of "ghetto" to me..
but I do think that the current wave of TV shows that focus on cars/bikes, does not do enough to promote safety. The only one I can think of that does is weekend mechanic. most of the others may mention it, but not really practice sae stuff. Monster Garage, and American Chopper, promote more of the dangerous stuff, like welding without goglles and not wearing eye protection...
but once they get an eye goggle sponsor, im sure they'll start doing it!
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Old 11-07-2005, 04:42 PM
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Anything is better than just a jack

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I have a pair of 3 legged jack stands. They saved my life as well. No doubt that 4 legged stands are safer but having a 3 legged is better than having nothing. I like the old rims idea.
Actually, a tripod would be safer. The will always set "solid" and not rock. A 4-legger will invariable have a wobble, unless you are in a garage or on a poured pad. On blacktop, gimme a tripod.

Sorry, didn't mean to preach but the safety thing hits a nerve with me.
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what you guys think about 3 legged jack stands?
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If you mean those ones that are just a piece of pipe split into 3 legs?.......Yeah, they suck. Get good quality stands. I bought 6 ton stands for $35/pair......Your life is worth that, isn't it?
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Poncho, those are the kind my dad was talking about I think. I have 4 legged stands, not sure what they are rated, they came in set with my 3 ton floor jack...
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Poncho, those are the kind my dad was talking about I think. I have 4 legged stands, not sure what they are rated, they came in set with my 3 ton floor jack...
If they came in a set with a 3 ton jack, they are probably 3 ton stands
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I use cinder blocks or ramps when they can be used, I have jack stands too, and I use them also, they are 2 ton. I use a bottle jack when the wheels on my floor jack cannot move freely. At my auto shop class, my teacher told me of 1 horror story he saw when he was a tech b4 he started teaching. a guy was doing a brake job on a full size car ( a Impala 4dr in the 80'a ) he only had a jack under it, and when he put his head under the rotor backing plate, the jack rocked off and he was literally decapitated when the backing plate fell on his neck. We have to use stands when using jacks.
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Ever see a cinder block disintegrate under the weight of a car?....It happens.
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4 ton hoist, 3 ton jack, 6 jack stands, 2 car ramps. The tires are under the car as well.
I had a car roll down some ramps on me because the wheel chock slid on the gravel. I wont ever work under a car without jack stands.
I also take the phone out side with me if my wife is not in the front room to hear me yell.
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Ever see a cinder block disintegrate under the weight of a car?....It happens.
There actully concrete blocks that I use, cinder just came to mind and I used to associate the 2 togther as being the same thing. I have seen cinder blocks break with less weight on them then the weight of a car. I use blocks in conjunction with the jack, and I have never held up an entire end of a car up with blocks, only 1 side at a time, cause I only got 1 jack.
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