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Old 07 July 2007, 18:40   #11
Country: UK - Wales
Town: swansea
Boat name: Too Blue
Length: 8m +
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Originally Posted by BogMonster View Post
Assuming you are interested in preserving whatever just caught fire why wouldn't you immediately steam clean it and spray with WD40 or some inhibitor - I assume the powder isn't hard to get off - what is in it anyway, in chemical terms?

I have been looking at ordering some extinguishers for the company vehicle fleet and found 2L AFFF ones for about 35 or so just using Google. 1KG dry powder I found some from just 8! Gonna add a couple on for private use I think...

Why not get them for 23 from Peter Lloyd Rallying - very reliable company that have been around for many years!!!

I was away in Spain at the time!!! Besides which the powder gets everywhere. Most of the older powders are ammonium or sodium bicarbonate - good old baking powder but the ABC type is Ammonium Phosphate. This corrodes aluminium and galv in record time - doesn't do steel much good either - literally straight away with the heat present.

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Old 08 July 2007, 09:57   #12
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Originally Posted by codprawn View Post
Why not get them for 23 from Peter Lloyd Rallying - very reliable company that have been around for many years!!!
Depends on the price of the powder ones... they are the main reason for the order! Not worth ordering just one from a different supplier, with the amount of paperwork hassle for shipment here (fire ext are classed as hazardous cargo - compressed gases - with all that entails with the bloody wonderful EU nanny state regulations you chaps have to live with!)

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