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2022-05-18 6:35:31 AM  
If you spend the money to get just one quality tool, make it the jack stands.  I also like to leave the jack under the car while it's on the stands as a back up if the stands do fail.
I have personally seen a jack fail suddenly. Luckily the guy was only changing a tire so no part of him was under the car.
 
2022-05-18 6:44:10 AM  
If you're a thief stealing car parts, please forget about jacks, thanks.
 
2022-05-18 6:46:58 AM  
Is Jack Stands was supposed to be there and wasn't it sounds like negligence to me.
 
2022-05-18 6:47:30 AM  
Your Daily Darwin™
 
2022-05-18 6:56:51 AM  
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2022-05-18 6:58:15 AM  

aperson: If you spend the money to get just one quality tool, make it the jack stands.  I also like to leave the jack under the car while it's on the stands as a back up if the stands do fail.
I have personally seen a jack fail suddenly. Luckily the guy was only changing a tire so no part of him was under the car.


I also tend to leave a wheel (one I've removed or a full sized spare) under the car if I can.

Which to be fair it wouldn't matter so much in the wrong position, but if I'm lying flat under the car it would save my life, even though I'm kinda fat.
 
2022-05-18 7:01:33 AM  
Look.  The jack itself does the hard work.  It earns the right to hold the car up on its own.  When I'm driving on a steep dirt road in an icy sleet storm and I need to remove a tire and get under there to appreciate that All-American ingenuity, the jack is all I need.
 
2022-05-18 7:08:16 AM  
That'll hold 'er!

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2022-05-18 7:10:11 AM  
I've been there, and thats terrifying.

I was changing the downstream O2 sensor on my old mitsubishi, and was taking a second to relax before I straight up sawed the exhaust off the car trying to remove the sensor out of rage, and I noticed that the engine and transmission were right there, inches above my chest. If the jacks had failed then, there would have been no way for me to get out, and it wouldn't have killed me right away, I would have had all my ribs cracked and slowly suffocate to death while trying to thrash around and get someone's help.

It sucks having that thought in general, it really sucks to hear that it wasn't just unfounded anxiety.
 
2022-05-18 7:11:38 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: That'll hold 'er!

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The next frame in that sequence is a 6 year old girl walking by and sneezing really hard
 
2022-05-18 7:30:13 AM  
Work with out Jack Stands? Not even once. That guy really holds up when the pressure is on.
 
2022-05-18 7:35:06 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: That'll hold 'er!

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That's safer than using only a jack ironically.
 
2022-05-18 7:35:44 AM  
I did my brakes over the weekend and I also adhere to the "leave the jack under the car while it's also sitting on a jack stand" method because it's 2 tons of car and why would I trust one point of contact.
 
2022-05-18 7:46:28 AM  
The rescue company way..

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2022-05-18 7:48:58 AM  
I have a feeling if the sans jack didn't kill him, this coming winter running an indoor heater and dying of carbon dioxide offing his whole family would be next, so Darwin was actually doing him a favour.
 
2022-05-18 7:49:10 AM  

cowsaregoodeating: Work with out Jack Stands? Not even once. That guy really holds up when the pressure is on.


We need a new safety campaign.  I recommend, "JACK IT HARDER AND KEEP IT UP!"
 
2022-05-18 7:54:37 AM  

SwitchLord: The rescue company way..

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That's fine, multiple points of contact, even if a couple get knocked out of position the rest still hold it up, it's resistant to transverse loads, etc. Honestly that is almost as good as a single large object.
 
2022-05-18 8:16:21 AM  
He has a cousin in the Mehoff family line, right? Same first name I think
 
2022-05-18 8:25:09 AM  
Gramma (Pop's Mom) told me a story once. She was a war bride. Grampa knocked her up and they got married when she was 14 and then he left for the Pacific war. He came back in 1946, near permanently enraged and married to a very cute blonde with a 2-1/2 year old son that he'd never seen before. She spent her life with him dodging fists and trying to get him interested in actually making a decent living instead of just doing the minimum to support the family that he insisted on keeping.

She told me once, that he was under the family car one time, working on something with one of those old-style vertical ratchet jacks holding one side of the car off the ground and it was leaning over at a bit of an angle. She apparently entertained the notion for several minutes of just accidentally leaning on the car a little bit because it wouldn't have taken much of a push to make it fall down. 

It would have solved more problems than it would have created, apparently.
 
2022-05-18 8:28:26 AM  
Was it a Chevy Avalanche?
 
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2022-05-18 8:30:15 AM  
CSB time;

I used to work for this Taiwanese hydraulics manufacturing/distribution that basically makes every small sized hydraulic jack you've ever seen anywhere.  They had one guy working there whose entire full time job was sitting in his office sending "we told you not to do that" responses to people who didn't use jack stands and subsequently had something rather heavy fall on them.
 
2022-05-18 8:33:21 AM  
I was helping  a high school friend do an engine swap on his Corvair and while under the car noticed the amount of space was decreasing. All four jack stands were sinking into the asphalt. Put boards under the stands if you aren't on concrete.
 
2022-05-18 8:45:03 AM  
jacks off
 
2022-05-18 8:49:07 AM  

natazha: I was helping  a high school friend do an engine swap on his Corvair and while under the car noticed the amount of space was decreasing. All four jack stands were sinking into the asphalt. Put boards under the stands if you aren't on concrete.


I guess it really is unsafe at any speed.
 
2022-05-18 8:55:03 AM  

aperson: If you spend the money to get just one quality tool, make it the jack stands.  I also like to leave the jack under the car while it's on the stands as a back up if the stands do fail.
I have personally seen a jack fail suddenly. Luckily the guy was only changing a tire so no part of him was under the car.


This. I think Harbor Freight issued a bunch of recalls for jack stands because the welds would split or something, causing total failure and sending your car down directly onto your head.

Then they issued a recall for the replacement jack stands for a similar, if not the same, reason.

Moral of the story: don't buy safety equipment from the lowest bidder.
 
2022-05-18 8:56:00 AM  

natazha: I was helping  a high school friend do an engine swap on his Corvair and while under the car noticed the amount of space was decreasing. All four jack stands were sinking into the asphalt. Put boards under the stands if you aren't on concrete.


If you ever race at MPH in Hastings, when you pull into the paddock the gate guy will cheerfully point you to a huge bin full of square boards just for that purpose. And they get pissed off if you forget to use them.

That's better than COTA: there they don't supply boards, and if you mark up the paddock, they charge you to fix it.

/I miss the Bacardi bus
 
2022-05-18 9:12:05 AM  
Put me firmly in the jack + stand + spare tire if there's room camp.  More things between me and a painful death is generally a winning idea.
 
2022-05-18 9:17:32 AM  

natazha: I was helping  a high school friend do an engine swap on his Corvair and while under the car noticed the amount of space was decreasing. All four jack stands were sinking into the asphalt. Put boards under the stands if you aren't on concrete.


Yep - in all seriousness, a guy I knew got hurt pretty bad (he rolled out but got his arm cut up but good on a bolt) because the jack stands he had set up, that had worked just fine gods know how many times before, sunk into the asphalt in 95 degree weather.  Wasn't the stands' fault, the asphalt actually got that soft and dropped the stands a bit and tilted them, and down it all went

/30-some stitches, scar goes down a good piece of his arm, he was missing a nice chunk of meat out of there
//luckily his buddy was there helping him and he got him wrapped up and hustled his ass to the hospital
///he was eventually ok, but just as easily could have lost his arm/a lot of arm function or been dead if he hadn't rolled as fast
 
2022-05-18 9:27:15 AM  
I've taken care of two unfortunate men who had cars fall on them.  One lived but won't have a healthy day in the rest of his shortened life.  There were several others that the emergency crews took straight to the funeral home.
 
2022-05-18 9:42:06 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: natazha: I was helping  a high school friend do an engine swap on his Corvair and while under the car noticed the amount of space was decreasing. All four jack stands were sinking into the asphalt. Put boards under the stands if you aren't on concrete.

Yep - in all seriousness, a guy I knew got hurt pretty bad (he rolled out but got his arm cut up but good on a bolt) because the jack stands he had set up, that had worked just fine gods know how many times before, sunk into the asphalt in 95 degree weather.  Wasn't the stands' fault, the asphalt actually got that soft and dropped the stands a bit and tilted them, and down it all went

/30-some stitches, scar goes down a good piece of his arm, he was missing a nice chunk of meat out of there
//luckily his buddy was there helping him and he got him wrapped up and hustled his ass to the hospital
///he was eventually ok, but just as easily could have lost his arm/a lot of arm function or been dead if he hadn't rolled as fast


I have a ragtag assortment of sheet aluminum and plywood to go under the jack stands.  Also remember to chock the wheels, so the car doesn't roll off the stands.
 
2022-05-18 10:05:38 AM  

Zeroth Law: SwitchLord: The rescue company way..

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That's fine, multiple points of contact, even if a couple get knocked out of position the rest still hold it up, it's resistant to transverse loads, etc. Honestly that is almost as good as a single large object.


It's cribbing.  You'll see it used when they are lifting houses.
 
2022-05-18 10:16:07 AM  

Billy Bathsalt: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: natazha: I was helping  a high school friend do an engine swap on his Corvair and while under the car noticed the amount of space was decreasing. All four jack stands were sinking into the asphalt. Put boards under the stands if you aren't on concrete.

Yep - in all seriousness, a guy I knew got hurt pretty bad (he rolled out but got his arm cut up but good on a bolt) because the jack stands he had set up, that had worked just fine gods know how many times before, sunk into the asphalt in 95 degree weather.  Wasn't the stands' fault, the asphalt actually got that soft and dropped the stands a bit and tilted them, and down it all went

/30-some stitches, scar goes down a good piece of his arm, he was missing a nice chunk of meat out of there
//luckily his buddy was there helping him and he got him wrapped up and hustled his ass to the hospital
///he was eventually ok, but just as easily could have lost his arm/a lot of arm function or been dead if he hadn't rolled as fas
I have a ragtag assortment of sheet aluminum and plywood to go under the jack stands.  Also remember to chock the wheels, so the car doesn't roll off the stands.


I keep a 6x6 square of plywood in my saddle bags so the kickstand won't sink into hot asphalt.
 
2022-05-18 10:21:42 AM  
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2022-05-18 10:22:17 AM  
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2022-05-18 10:49:30 AM  

Fungal Infection: Billy Bathsalt: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: natazha: I was helping  a high school friend do an engine swap on his Corvair and while under the car noticed the amount of space was decreasing. All four jack stands were sinking into the asphalt. Put boards under the stands if you aren't on concrete.

Yep - in all seriousness, a guy I knew got hurt pretty bad (he rolled out but got his arm cut up but good on a bolt) because the jack stands he had set up, that had worked just fine gods know how many times before, sunk into the asphalt in 95 degree weather.  Wasn't the stands' fault, the asphalt actually got that soft and dropped the stands a bit and tilted them, and down it all went

/30-some stitches, scar goes down a good piece of his arm, he was missing a nice chunk of meat out of there
//luckily his buddy was there helping him and he got him wrapped up and hustled his ass to the hospital
///he was eventually ok, but just as easily could have lost his arm/a lot of arm function or been dead if he hadn't rolled as fas
I have a ragtag assortment of sheet aluminum and plywood to go under the jack stands.  Also remember to chock the wheels, so the car doesn't roll off the stands.

I keep a 6x6 square of plywood in my saddle bags so the kickstand won't sink into hot asphalt.


Hot weather motorcycling.  That and the continuous ripping sound as you ride through the parking lot that's just soft black topping compound, and hope it doesn't start peeling off onto your tires.  And sometimes it does.
 
2022-05-18 11:01:05 AM  
sensitive yet dangerous:
This. I think Harbor Freight issued a bunch of recalls for jack stands because the welds would split or something, causing total failure and sending your car down directly onto your head.

Then they issued a recall for the replacement jack stands for a similar, if not the same, reason.

Moral of the story: don't buy safety equipment from the lowest bidder.



Things not to buy at Harbor Freight (partial list):
Parachutes
Fire extinguishers
Pacemakers
Vaccines
Birth control devices
Elevators
Control rods for nuclear reactors
Bullet proof vests
Scuba gear
Ejection seats
 
2022-05-18 11:04:23 AM  

SwitchLord: The rescue company way..

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Good cribbing is safe. Good cribbing.
 
2022-05-18 11:08:24 AM  

jagec: sensitive yet dangerous:
This. I think Harbor Freight issued a bunch of recalls for jack stands because the welds would split or something, causing total failure and sending your car down directly onto your head.

Then they issued a recall for the replacement jack stands for a similar, if not the same, reason.

Moral of the story: don't buy safety equipment from the lowest bidder.


Things not to buy at Harbor Freight (partial list):
Parachutes
Fire extinguishers
Pacemakers
Vaccines
Birth control devices
Elevators
Control rods for nuclear reactors
Bullet proof vests
Scuba gear
Ejection seats


I'm checking my receipts for my reactor right now.
 
2022-05-18 1:06:15 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: jagec: sensitive yet dangerous:
This. I think Harbor Freight issued a bunch of recalls for jack stands because the welds would split or something, causing total failure and sending your car down directly onto your head.

Then they issued a recall for the replacement jack stands for a similar, if not the same, reason.

Moral of the story: don't buy safety equipment from the lowest bidder.


Things not to buy at Harbor Freight (partial list):
Parachutes
Fire extinguishers
Pacemakers
Vaccines
Birth control devices
Elevators
Control rods for nuclear reactors
Bullet proof vests
Scuba gear
Ejection seats

I'm checking my receipts for my reactor right now.


You get the fusion or fission reactor?
Their rebranded Mr. Fission are crap.
 
2022-05-18 2:22:23 PM  
One of my father's best friends died when he put the front wheels of his '66 Chevy 2 up on ramps.  He forgot to chock the wheels and when he dropped the drive shaft the car rolled off the ramps and one of the wheels hit him in the head and broke his neck as he was trying to scramble out from under the car.  He was a single guy and when he didn't return his mother's calls she went to his house and found him dead in the garage.

Always chock the wheels!!
 
2022-05-18 5:43:49 PM  
In the UK years ago a guy had some sort of dispute with a neighbour so the neighbour decided to cut his brake line one night. Crept under the guys car, a 1970s Austin Princess, and snipped the brake line. Or what he thought was the brake line. Did mention the Austin Princess had hydraulic suspension?
Owner found him dead under the car the next morning.
 
2022-05-19 4:22:45 AM  
2019 4th of July quake in the Mojave desert [Ridgecrest] was about a 6.0.  Thought to have no deaths.  Until a few days later in Pahrump, Nevada, they found a guy under his Jeep had been crushed to death. It was properly on jack stands.

That, and living in Los Angeles, has now made me put a full wheel under the car near where my head/torso are, even if I don't have to take off a wheel for what I'm working on. [e.g. oil change]

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