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Old 02-18-2014, 09:30 AM
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Default Warning to Those Using CA Over Certain Types of Foam

OK, this is wierd - I was not injured and my house did not burn down so you can laugh at my experience. That being said, this may be something to be aware of, hence a "TIP".

I like to use an ironing board with a cheap foam-backed cover as a work surface when ironing out wrinkles in new ARF's prior to assembly - it is portable and provides a soft surface on which to work. Over the weekend, I was doing just that and discovered a ply fuse part that had a slight crack in it. I decided to soak some CA onto the subject component when I spilled the CA onto the padded (foam backed) ironing board cover. Without thinking, I quickly grabbed some paper towels and tried to soak up the excess CA from the cover. Well, it stuck to my hand (DUH!) and I realized it was extremely hot! After dancing around a bit, I looked back at the ironing board and it began to smoke! I was ready to grab the fire extinguisher but as I watched, it slowed down and stopped smoking about a minute later. Not sure what type of open cell foam this is or if it would have caught fire, but it became very hot! Just something to be aware of. Now of course, the child in me is taking over ( I am 57) and I think I might take what is left outside and give it a good dose of CA just to see what kind of cool stuff happens!

Steve