workshop loss


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http://www.zwire.com/site/index.cfm?BRD 69&dept_idr585&newsid872512&PAGF1&rfi=9
07/17/2005 Workshop blaze damages Ulster home
TOWN OF ULSTER - A fire that started in a workshop on the side of a house on Glenerie Boulevard Saturday afternoon did substantial damage to the rest of the home.
The fire started as Kenneth Schermerhorn, the homeowner, was stripping paint from old furniture, according to Ulster Hose No. 5 assistant chief Paul Masten. He said some molten paint dripped into a cardboard box, igniting the blaze at about 3:15 p.m.
It was a fast fire, according to Masten. "I live right nearby, and there were flames 40 feet in the air when I arrived on the scene," he said. There were no injuries to firefighters or residents, he said, and there were no pets in the house.
Masten said the workshop seemed to be a total loss, and there was substantial smoke, water and heat damage to the main structure. There were about 40 firefighters on the scene, and they attacked the fire from the interior. "We knocked it down in about ten minutes," he said. There was a separate garage on the property that was unaffected by the fire.
There is a new fire hydrant system in the area where the fire occurred, Masten said, so water was not a problem. Masten said his department was on the scene until around 5:45. Glasco fire department had their FAST team at the fire, and East Kingston and Port Ewen were on standby.
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On Sun, 17 Jul 2005 15:47:41 GMT, the opaque "John Grossbohlin"

Well, if the paint was "molten", they should have arrested ol' Ken for arson. Properly used, a heat gun used to strip paint won't heat the paint enough to make too much smoke, let alone cause hardened paint to LIQUIFY! His fire was self-inflicted, da foo.
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On Sun, 17 Jul 2005 13:27:09 -0700, Larry Jaques

Of course it can liquify - it depends on how old the paint was, and what it was made from.
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On Mon, 18 Jul 2005 00:28:37 +0100, the opaque Andy Dingley

Semantics: Can't vs. shouldn't. Improperly used, a heat gun will set just about anything on fire.
What types of paint were you thinking about when you wrote that, Andy? I've used a heat gun (1000F+) on all sorts of paint and none has liquified yet. Both oil-based and latex paints here generally go from hard to soft to flaming, with no liquid state that I've noticed. I practiced on both oil and latex the day I got the gun, learning the smoke point and how to stay below it.
Are some of your Brit paints are different?
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Maybe it was lead paint and the lead melted ;)
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On Sun, 17 Jul 2005 18:44:26 -0700, Larry Jaques
No idea what it's made out of, but it's dark coloured internal woodwork paint of around 1900, as commonly found in most of the houses I've ever lived in. You go near this stuff with any source of heat (gas or electric) and one moment it's soft and scrapeable, the next it's runny and staining into the timber. If you run a scraper over it when it's runny you get a permanent smear into the timber and you'll never shift it without sanding the whole surface off. Dreadful stuff to remove - one of the few things I take off and have tank stripped.
I imagine it's linseed and probably lead.
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On Mon, 18 Jul 2005 20:13:53 +0100, the opaque Andy Dingley

Ah, the truly dangerous type. I have never seen anything with that much lead in it, at least not so far. My oldest house was built in 1938.
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