||09-06-2011 09:33 PM
Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
The tv show Mythbusters performed a test on a water heater that had safety switches bypasssed. The thing blew up and the narrator's exact words were, "You could order a pizza in the time it takes for it to come back down."
Sure enough a minute later it landed. It all happened so fast I thought it was in pieces already on the ground but the the tank itself went flying through the shattered case on "take off" which then was in pieces on the ground and then the tank landed some time later.
Serious power in that explosion, like dynamite.
My client was the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. Whores all and getting exorbitant fees. But you know I believe in them. People understimate the power of boiled water and instead of fixing things properly? They just crank up the allowances on the valves. Or turn them off. And most often with no malace intended.
NBBPVI got tons of money for inspections. Too much in my opinion but they ain't my client no more nor ever gonna be again.
The six year old shredded near to pieces as projected through a double plate glass window was perhaps the hardest for me to add to the show. There she was (I imagine), eating a hot dog or whatever in the cafeteria, as the boiler underneath her blew and tossed her not just out the window, but through it.
You are right Doc Holliday. Explosive is the only word. But you will not hear a non-maintained steam boiler go or give warning. Private owners do not maintain them any better than those who own gas, electric or oil burning systems do. As suggested in my response to the OP? I bet you all reading this that system has not been flushed of crud in ages.
I live in an antique building in Chicago which has central heat. Nice heat and no battles about it by the way. They carved the boiler system out this Spring and I just shook my head. Had that thing failed, before replacement, 12 floors would have risen and as described fallen.
My fave Korean laundry and dry cleaner, next to the combination shoe shop and fine arts gallery, has hissing boilers. I had pictures of them shooting across the street and taking out really expensives cars in my slide show too. Not the shoes or Koreans, but the boiler tanks.
Homes are systems people and they need to be serviced. You replace furnace filters in forced air systems on a regular basis. You call people to look at your heating and AC systems at least once year.