20/20 hind sight

I wish I had read that the morning I woke to the stench of fuel.

clay

On Sep 9, 2015, at 9:40 PM, G Mann via Mercedes wrote:

> Simple #2 lead pencil is my friend when working live fuel lines. The taper
> point slips right in all fuel lines up to 3/8th inch and makes a nice tight
> plug with minimal loss of fuel while making the plug action.
> 
> If you have a larger line, use a kids fat pencil.... same result..
> 
> Insert sharpened end of pencil with a slight twisting motion to seat into
> the rubber ID and it seals, no leaks..
> 
> When replacing complete hoses from a live tank, pre-cut the replacement
> hose, plug one end with the pencil, remove the securing clamp from the tank
> outlet and work that end of the hose to "almost off". Place the new hose
> with plug in place in easy reach and remove the old hose while slipping
> your thumb over the outlet fitting.... then present the new hose to the
> fitting as you slide you thumb off. You should be able to capture the inner
> edge of the new hose and slide it on far enough to stop any loss of fuel
> and not lose more than a few drops.
> 
> Naturally, wear surgical gloves and full eye protection.. no smoking .. etc
> etc..
> 
> If you don't have a selection of Hemostats [blood vessel clamps used in
> surgery] get come.. Clamp the new line mid point, remove the pencil..
> install on receiving fuel pipe.. don't forget the hose clamps before you do
> this.. The pencil plug will let you slide the tank hose clamp over it
> nicely...
> 
> Be safe.. vent the area.. no sparks, water heaters, sources of ignition..
> gas vapors are extremely volatile.
> 
> 
> 
> On Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 8:40 PM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
>> That's a miserable job.  I've done it by using my finger to
>> cork the end of the pipe while I worked one-handed.  A small
>> rubber or cork stopper in the end of the pipe would also work,
>> but usually isn't anything handy.  I usually strip to the waist,
>> you're gonna get gassy anyway so why bother messing up clothes
>> (aka wicks in the case of ignition!) too?
>> 
>> -- Jim
>> 
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