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AC retrofit to R134a
Posted 21 October 2002 - 03:32 AM
Posted 21 October 2002 - 12:08 PM
Posted 21 October 2002 - 07:06 PM
That is what you produce when you burn refrigerant. The result is that it reacts with the moisture in your lungs to release hydrochloric acid, the release of hydrochloric acid in the lungs causes pulmonary edema and may also cause bronchial pneumonia and lung abscesses.
In other words, you smell some new mown hay, then you cough a little and feel fine. A few hours to days later your lungs fill with fluid because the membranes have been burned away and you drown in your own fluid.
Posted 23 October 2002 - 11:49 AM
Bottom line with this work as I see it (or any work we do for that matter) is to be aware of the potential health and safety risks before starting a project. Then work to reduce any potential for accidents and the resulting consequences. Banging my knuckles is one thing, killing myself or someone else is another story entirely.
One thing I was taught when I took flying lessons years ago was "situational awareness". Be alert to your surroundings and aware of situations that can be harmful.
And I try to learn from my mistakes. We all make them, but mistakes are teachers and what they teach is helpful in shaping how we do things in the future. Also, I try to learn from *other* person's mistakes, and if there's a potential problem to alert it to the people I know.
That said, I'd like to thank those of you who provided some safety and health-related insights on this specific thread in addition to the helpful project advice. It shows you're concerned not only about your own life, but the lives of others. Good job!
Take care, Rick
Posted 27 October 2002 - 08:14 PM
Posted 29 October 2002 - 01:17 AM
If you fill with the proper, lesser amount of R134, it will blow as cold or colder than R12... but this bad information is still very widespread.
Posted 30 October 2002 - 11:27 AM
Posted 06 November 2002 - 03:58 PM
It'll even blow warm when the low pressure side gauge is where it's supposed to be. ??????
There is a glass window 'thingy' on the passenger side near the front that seems connected to the A/C system somewhat. You can see the refrigerant in there dancing around so I know it's in the system. I never noticed and leaks visually, 'cept the fitting on the low pressure side. I would cap it off to stop the leak but still a little would come out.. After a day or two, my system ends up empty again.
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