Drink (or Eat) These….
When we were
kids, some of us wondered what a Milk Bone dog biscuit tasted like
and a few of us (me) went ahead and tried it. Others sampled
Play-Doh (so tempting) or maybe those felt-tip pens that smelled
like theyd taste good.
some stuff you probably have in your garage that you dont
want down your gullet:
to use your mouth to get suction going when youre trying to
drain fuel out of one container and get it flowing into another.
But whats good for your engine is not the ticket for your
insides. Gasoline will burn your esophagus, stomach and intestines
if it gets that far. Probably, youll involuntarily
chuck it back up, burning the lining of your throat (and mouth)
a second time. If enough permeates your tissues, it can cause life-threatening
damage to your heart, liver and stomach. If you need to siphon fuel,
get the proper tool which isnt your mouth. A manual
siphon pump can be picked up for less than $30 at any auto parts
store much cheaper than a couple of days in ICU.
are also bad news. They can knock you out or (much worse)
explode, if theres an ignition source in the vicinity.
When raw fuel is present, make sure there is adequate ventilation
and make even surer theres nothing around that might
One can work
miracles with a can of the stuff when a proper compressor and spray
gun arent available. But just because youre not using
a compressor and a gun doesnt mean you shouldnt be wearing
a mask to keep from inadvertently huffing the stuff. The
chemicals in aerosol paint are bad news carcinogenic and
(apparently) mutagenic. Thats bad news for you and
your potential progeny. Always wear a mask when spray-bombing. And
try to work in an area with decent ventilation.
acid (and gas)
is obvious; everyone knows enough to not get the stuff on exposed
skin or exposed chrome or painted surfaces, either. Most
modern batteries are sealed but that doesnt
mean they cant leak. Battery cases can crack. If you
see signs of wetness around a battery, work carefully and
wear gloves. Rubber gloves (not permeable cloth gloves) that
will keep the acid from contacting your skin. If some does get on
your skin, immediately wash it off thoroughly with soap and lots
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