Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by barefeetny, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    I did something completly Stupid today.....

    I stopped by a guys house to use his tig welder

    we got bsing and i lost track of time store was allready closed

    i had my wifes car and of course she never opens the hood ever!

    she was out of washer fluid so i ran back into his garage to borrow some washer fluid?

    anyone want to take a guess what i did?

    Driving down the road i spray the window.... i ride with the windows cracked or down so ...... smmmmmmsmm s nifff sniiff

    what the he!!

    I pull over and try to figure out what the heck happened...

    took a few but TA DA

    .I poured a gallon of 2 cycle mix into the reservoir

    he mixes gas for his chainsaw in old washer jugs

    had to take the whole reservoir out to empty it

    Figured you would all get a kick out of that

  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I got a similar one for ya...
    About a week ago I did an oil change on my car, then went on about life.
    Maybe a day later the engine's not idling right, little ways down the road the Check engine light comes on, and I could smell oil.

    So I pulled over, opened the hood, oil everywhere.
    Yup, forgot to put the cap back on the valve cover,
    and it was dark so I couldn't see enough to find it (if it was even still under the hood).

    But I had a bottle of oil in the trunk!
    Yup, 5w30 synth, stuff I always use.
    I got to pouring and it didn't look right so I stopped instantly!
    Put a little on my hand, hardly caught a whiff I knew it was GAS!
    Same crap, I usually keep a quart of mix fuel in the truck, this bottle evidently found its way around wrong.
    I only got maybe 2-4 ounces in there...

    Drove it home (scared to DEATH) since it was only 1-2 miles.
    Turns out it was only a quart low, oil seems fine but will keep an eye on it.

    Whew, and yes the cap was still under the hood.
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    Ive been riding around all winter with a gallon of mixed antifreeze. Well I needed it the other night and right before it spilled out of the bottle if realized something wasnt right. I looked inside and it was a gallon of used oil instead. This should teach us all a lesson about labeling our containers.
  4. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    i can see that happening...thats funny
  5. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    i painted my 2 cycle can bright green for just this reason

    heaven forbid someone around my house to do something.... they can't screw it up

    i never understood if blitz/others color coating kero/des/regular and not making a color for mix

  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    Hey at least you didn't grab your buddy's pee bottle!
  7. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    It should teach you all a lesson about not using empty containers from stuff to store other stuff that the material was not formulated to resist. If you're mixing gas and stuff in old antifreeze or WWasherFluid bottles and then using it, you're introducing leached chemicals from the non-gas resistant bottles into your equipment and just contaminating your fuel supply.
  8. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    I agree fully, thing was that the jug was meant to go to the local recycling yard. I guess since it had no residue on the outside it was somehow moved to the good fluid shelf and who knows how long it was there. In a hurry I grabbed the jug to put in a plow truck for roadside repairs and there it sat for months till I needed it. Im usually real good about labeling and proper storage, and only load fluids in containers when they are immediately destined for the recycler. Somehow this one missed the boat. As the title reads "Doh!"
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Washer juice is easy to spot or it is around here because it is blue in colour and in a clear 4 litre jug. I do check when I grab the jug to make sure it is wiper fluid.

    It is easy to grab a jug of fluid without thinking and dump it into where it is not supposed to go.
  10. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    Not only do i agree but had to pass a test on all this to get my osha cert last year

    That being said.... take a lesson from all this and don't mix in allready labeled containers... and don't allways assume something is what it is..

    2 cycle mix + gas comes in many colors... blue and green being the two most popular


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