[hackerspaces] Tragedy in Oakland

Christopher Agocs chris at agocs.org
Sun Dec 4 08:42:27 CET 2016

Important correction: the oily rags that spontaneity combust are soaked in
drying oils like Linseed or Tung, typically used for finishing wood. These
oils oxidize in an exothermic reaction, which is why big piles of them can
generate enough heat to ignite. Lubricating oils don't generate heat in the
same way.

On Dec 4, 2016 1:04 AM, "Sparr" <sparr0 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Speaking of things that I've actually seen catch fire spontaneously in a
> hackerspace...
> If you have a machine shop, dedicate a lidded metal trashcan for oily rags!
> On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 10:42 PM, Arclight <arclight at gmail.com> wrote:
>> -Make sure the exits are clear
>> -Get the fire extinguishers serviced
>> -Purchase a proper flammables cabinet (secondhand is ok - they go for
>> US$100 here on Craigslist) and put away all of the paint, solvent,
>> etc.
>> -Fix the dodgy wiring the right way.  This also includes getting rid
>> of extension cords in permanent use.
>> -Throw the piles of old shite and half-finished art that's been abandoned
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