tragedies #1: sealed with a trip

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 06-21-2009 12:46 PM 2566 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Let me show you why tonight’s shop-time sucked…

spilled Anchorseal on shop floor

Sigh… So I had a 2gal bucket of Anchorseal – prized wood end grain sealer for drying logs and planks. I was carrying it to a spot in the shop where I was to seal up a bunch of European olive bottle blanks I resawed and cut up from a large log tonight. My foot got hung up really well on something – maybe my rolling stand – and I lurched forward hard. Of course, I never trip like that, but since I was carrying a bucket of liquid wax emulsion… I hadn’t put the lid on the bucket properly – just sat it lightly on top – because I had just been using it, and was only bringing it over to use it closer to where I was working.

spilled Anchorseal on shop floor and my right foot

I should have capped it AND carried it by the pail handle. Alas, I absolutely launched its contents out of it. It was the same kind of 2-handed motion you’d do if you were trying to throw the contents of a bucket out a window, or into someone’s face. I emptied it entirely, while screaming ”NOOOOooooo!”, and it made the same kind of noise you get when emptying a bucket into the tub, a sickening splash and splatter. I recall closing my eyes and not wanting to open them ever again. You’ll note my shoe is rather well sealed now. I guess that new shoe purchase I keep putting off will get bumped forward on my to-buy list.

sealed European olive bottle blanks and me

You can see the joy in my eyes there. I’ll do a separate post soon on the bottle blanks, because the inside of that European olive log is just beautiful, and I got a lot of pretty pictures. The sealer on my arm is from the initial launch of everything out of the bucket.

In an earlier photo, you see a scrap of plywood coated entirely. I emptied it back into the bucket, then started using it to ‘lift’ the viscous sealer off the floor. I couldn’t just scoop it up, because the floor is a mess in my shop, covered in sawdust, screws, tree parts, labels, plastic strips – in short, it needs a hardy cleaning. So, I kept laying the sheet in the puddle, then picking it up and flipping it over quickly, and using a turning blank as a scraper to ‘shave’ the new surface of sealer back into the bucket. You can see the scraped ply board in this shot:

Anchorseal spill in my shop

I managed to get a pretty clean 3” high volume back into the bucket, enough to seal up the blanks. I’m normally quite dainty in my sealings, trying not to get any on my hands, because I don’t like sliminess. It was too late for that now, though, and I just ended up plunging my hand into the bucket with each blank in many cases. Way faster! My hands should be silky smooth tomorrow :) The worst part was that I was trapped in the garage, because my hands were now frictionless. Even after I wiped them down, I had a very hard time with the smooth brass doorknob. I could’ve starved in there!

Cleanup’s going to be fun. I imagined paper towels, sponges and a bucket, a steam cleaner to melt and suck it all back up, something absorbent and a heat gun to melt the dried stuff in, yanking it free like an eyebrow waxing, or just letting it dry out, and using a metal or plastic scraper. Shame the floor is rough concrete. That won’t help any. Here’s an example of how fruitless paper towels would be, in video form:

It’s so thick, sticky, and waxy, the paper towels just push it around. I’ve spilled a blob or three here and there on the floor before, and once they get dusted in sawdust, those spots become slippery like ice. This spill is going to pose some interesting problems for me, even after I clean it up.

I ordered the 5gal bucket last week, as I was nearing the halfway point on this, and now I’m going to be doing all this resawing. It arrives this week. Stay tuned for the MEGADISASTER I’m planning for that container once it gets here!


-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 06-21-2009 01:09 PM

Gary, I feel for you man. I’ve had similar accidents and it can be very frustrating. Glad you weren’t hurt.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 06-21-2009 01:17 PM

Sorry about that Gary! Pictures are one thing but movies with sound and no swearing or expletives…You must be a saint!
Can’t tell you all the times I have tripped in my shop!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 06-21-2009 01:19 PM

good chance to ” clean up ” the shop !

it’s allways in the details .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 05:34 PM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 05:44 PM

Did something similar with black stain just a week ago, the only good news for me was that I ended up not wanting to use the stain anyway, so lost the money but did not want the product, not for the current project. Was wearing flip-flops at the time, ened up with Ozzy Ozbourne black toe nail polish, so be thankful for the shoes.

Live and learn…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 05:54 PM

Oooooohhh… Anything but Anchorseal! Great photos though and thank you!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 07:45 PM

ouch!!! that hurts the feelings and the checkbook. It was a bad day but it could be worse, at least nobody got hurt!

-- flash=250,100][/flash]

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#8 posted 06-21-2009 07:57 PM

ouch I felt that!!! what a bummer.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 06-21-2009 07:58 PM

To bad man it’s happen to the best of use


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#10 posted 06-21-2009 08:40 PM

What a nightmare! I really feel for you. Isn’t there some kind of solvent that takes wax? Better wear spiked shoes in the shop til you’ve got it cleaned up.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 06-21-2009 09:54 PM

I know exactly how you feel, my oops moment involved a gal paint and new carpet. Replace the round door knob with a lever style, easy opening with elbows!!

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#12 posted 06-21-2009 10:57 PM

or dentures.LOL hey I have all my own.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Gary Fixler

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#13 posted 06-21-2009 11:27 PM

Thanks for the solidarity, folks! I actually did get hurt. When I tripped, I did something to the outer edge of my left foot. Almost feels like a fracture, but when I press on it and move it around, it doesn’t hurt, and I think a fracture should. I’ve had knocks like this to the feet plenty, though, with my long and storied soccer career years back. I’m sure it’s just a bruised bone, same as always. Hurts a little to walk today, but I’ll be back at full strength soon enough.

Thanks again, all! We are truly a bunch of clumsy people :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#14 posted 06-22-2009 01:25 AM

Sorry gary. A nice/bad mess.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 06-22-2009 01:30 AM

Gray thats got to hurt man sorry but i had to laugh i did the same thing awhile back with some paint for indoors but i never had the balls to show everyone

enjoy the clean up mate


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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