I'm redoing a downstairs bathroom right now at my home. I need to cut some of the water pipe in order to reroute the hot and cold water (the idiot that put it in before I bought the house ran the pipe between the outside and inside wall of the bathtub so there's no way to remove the tub without cutting the pipe out!). I want to make sure that there's no debris in the pipes so before I shower I was thinking of pouring gasoline through the pipes to clear out any pieces of copper or whatever might still be in the pipes.
Sound stupid,right? So why is it the a standard operating procedure for plant work involves the use of highly flammable gases to purge new pipe work?
How is it that this practice hasn't been banned and stopped years ago, especially considering the number of people who've been killed and injured because of it?
Have a look at the new CSB video entitled Deadly Practices to see what I'm talking about. Oh… and next time you see work being done at work that involves new pipes being put in you might want to check and make sure that they aren't using flammable gases to purge them.