Yes it is but when you are in the middle of nowhere and the bead is
broken from the rim a small shot of ether into tire through bead and the
application of a match will seat the bead and inflate the tire enough to
get you to a better place. Just my $.02.
You should never guess that I'm right...
I am wrong more often than there are even possibilities.
Here is a pre-GPS example:
I'm at an intersection and can only go left, right or straight.
There are two ways I can go wrong and one way I can go right.
How many attempts to I make before I get it correct?
The maximum number should be three...
but I can improve on that and make the same incorrect choices several
times before eventually I take the correct alternative.
Once I was leaving someone's house and walked right into their closet.
I was so embarrassed I thought momentarily about trying to just punch
myself through the wall.
Ah, thanks for the further understanding.
It's nice to know I'm not the only one who's
made a wrong turn or two.
I'm remembering a friend who was so pleased
with the deadbolt on his apartment door.
The closet had another door to the hall with
skeleton lock, I pointed that out to him.
And his window to the fire escape had no latch.
I drove around West Alabamastan last Monday and Tuesday with Zap The
Wonder Helper to run some service calls when that woman in the GPS unit
had me driving all over the place and I was ready to slap that bitch. o_O
I had a crush on a cute gal back when I was in college and she affected
me in an odd way. On the way to her house one day, I pulled up to a stop
sign and sat there waiting for it to change. Proof positive that brain
farts happen at any age. ^_^
Nope, not heaven but to the nearest source of air for the tire if you
drive slowly and sanely. Never could get much air in a tire just using
lung power but the ether will leave you with somewhere between 15 and 20
lbs. Not ideal but again will get you to a better place than in the
middle of nowhere with a flat/busted bead.
On this one:
About 1:15 or so, we see how the tire shrinks
as the ether fire cools. I wonder if someone
using just ether along side of the road would
have the tire shrink like this? I've not tried
it, so not sure if just ether would get you
down the road?
I think SM wrote that he saw it on the "Ice Road Truckers" TV series?
The operative word is "ice" which is cold as I recall. Everyone knows
that truck drivers who work in cold climates are a bunch of ice holes.
I wouldn't dream of inflating a tire with ether here in the semitropical
climate of Alabamastan but I've used Freon and CO2 to inflate tires. I
doubt that ether would be all that dangerous in near Arctic conditions,
open air and a breeze blowing. On one occasion, I ran out of gas on the
Interstate a mile from an exit and gas station. I was in a 1980 Dodge
van so I removed the dog house(engine cover) next to me, removed the air
cleaner then dug through the junk in the back to see what I had in
aerosol can that was somewhat combustible. I found cans of telephone
housing cleaner, carburetor cleaner and starting fluid. I sprayed the
phone cleaner into the carb then started the engine and drove the van
down the shoulder of the highway at a low speed as I sprayed cleaner a
little at a time until it ran out. I switched to carb cleaner and was
able to reach the exit, coast down it, roll up to the service station
then use starting fluid to get up the driveway to the gasoline pump. I
wasn't so disabled at the time and could have walked but I'm lazy and
really didn't have the time to go through trudging around with a gas
Yes, I've seen IRT guys do ether. And on a few
Youtube videos. I've never tried it myself.
I helped a friend move a VW (rear drive) auto one time
with WD-40, using much the technique you describe.
Working inside the motor cover of a van should get
you there, if a bit dangerous.
Yes, most compressed gasses will inflate tires,
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