Got a rattle can of Helmsan polyurethane to coat a plywood fixture
that's going to get wet. Well, all went well for the first two coats,
but halfway through the third, with about a quarter of the can used, the
damned thing stuck open and wouldn't stop spraying. I tried pulling up
on the nozzle and that just made it start shooting out the top after the
nozzle came off. So I sprayed the basement steps until it was empty (I
would really rather have swept them first but putting something on them
has been on the to-do list for a while so it wasn't a total waste).
Never had that happen before, usually they clog before they're empty.
Annoyign thing about this one is that I can't even take it back for
credit--who's gonna believe that I'm not just trying to mooch a freebie
after I used it up?
That is real funny, as long as it did not happen to me. I have to admit
that spraying the basement steps was quick thinking. Perhaps next time you
do this, you will sweep the steps, just in case history repeats itself.
I just need to know. How did you get out of the basement after spraying the
steps? Did you have to hibernate while the poly dried. This would be a
good thing to put into a slapstick type of comedy. Again, it is only funny
if it happens to the other guy.
Had that happen to me with a can of Great Stuff I was using to caulk behind
a circuit breaker box.
"Fuck this!" I cried and tossed the mess over the fence (to a power company
Many months later, as I wal looking for a place to bury a pet, I found the
aforementioned can. It was attached to a hardened spherical wad of Great
Stuff about as big as a soccer ball.
I cut the ball loose and am saving it for a carving project.
Surely the problem, since it exits, is not unheard of. I think you're on
really safe ground. As Leon suggested, it can't hurt to develop a bit
of attitude before you go in...think of the 2 hours you spent cleaning
up the mess...
No attitude needed.
I thought this group was full of old people. Aren't old people always
complaining about how nobody's friendly anymore? Either way, you're
getting a refund. You can be a dick about it and get a refund or you can
be nice about it and maybe lighten someone's day in the process.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
No attitude needed. I'd contact the manufacturer. Just tell them the
story. They may even want the can back for inspection to find out what the
problem was. I had a company do that with shaving gel that lost the
propellant before the product finished. They sent me a return mailer and
some coupons for free product.
Progress is the product of human agency. Things get better because we
make them better. Things go wrong when we get too comfortable, when we
fail to take risks or seize opportunities.
-- Susan Rice
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