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« on: November 02, 2017, 11:57:47 AM »

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/ki...discharge-and#

One of my shop extinguishers is on the list. I followed the link to kidde.com, clicked on Product Recall, filled out the form, and will be getting a replacement unit "in 15-20 days."

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 11:23:11 PM »

Thanks for posting the link.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 11:33:10 PM »

Wow - yes, mine was affected by the notice.  They say I'll be receiving a replacement in 15-20 days.

It's been my tow car companion on 3 trips to Bonneville, a trip to Maxton, and sat "at the ready" in my garage for 8 years.

Or so I thought . . .

Glad I didn't need to use it!

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2017, 04:58:02 AM »

Fire extinguisher tangent:

The guy that used to run my shop was a mine safety inspector before working for me, and he always insisted on at least once a year -- taking down the powder-type extinguishers, turning them upside down and gently rapping the bottom (now on top) with a rubber mallet a few times.

He claimed that the powder naturally settles to the bottom of the canister and that the gentle yearly taps keep it more ready to disperse when used.

Anybody ever heard that one?  I do it with the extinguishers I've got - they've worked when needed.
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2017, 11:29:25 AM »

Wow - yes, mine was affected by the notice.  They say I'll be receiving a replacement in 15-20 days.

It's been my tow car companion on 3 trips to Bonneville, a trip to Maxton, and sat "at the ready" in my garage for 8 years.

Or so I thought . . .

Glad I didn't need to use it!

Thanks Mike - I owe you a cocktail.
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2017, 07:31:59 PM »

Thanks ,going to check mine tomorrow .
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2017, 09:55:31 PM »

Fire extinguisher tangent:

The guy that used to run my shop was a mine safety inspector before working for me, and he always insisted on at least once a year -- taking down the powder-type extinguishers, turning them upside down and gently rapping the bottom (now on top) with a rubber mallet a few times.

He claimed that the powder naturally settles to the bottom of the canister and that the gentle yearly taps keep it more ready to disperse when used.

Anybody ever heard that one?  I do it with the extinguishers I've got - they've worked when needed.


     Yes.  

     Common for the powder in 20 pounders on locomotives to settle down and pack into the fitting where the discharge hose screws into the  main body due to vibrations rendering the extinguisher inoperative.

    More complete inspections included first checking to see the CO2 cartridge seal hadn't been pierced then unscrew the hose, check for an unblocked fitting and loose powder in the bottom of the  extinguisher, then knocking out any powder that had worked it's way into the hose before replacing the hose and doing a final powder level check.

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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2017, 11:47:25 AM »

Anyone receive their replacements yet?
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2017, 12:43:55 PM »

Anyone receive their replacements yet?


Of course, not.   sad
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2017, 01:34:08 PM »

I received 3 replacements this past week with return shipping for old ones.
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2017, 04:07:29 PM »

I got mine and sent the old one back.

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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2017, 12:06:14 AM »

Two units on my buddy's shop were also included.
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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2017, 07:26:46 PM »

Mine arrived today, metal handles instead of plastic.
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2017, 10:12:38 PM »

Called FedEx for pickup today, the agent said they have had hundreds of pick up calls for fire extinguishers.  Must be costing Kidde a fortune.

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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2017, 11:45:00 PM »

No muss, no fuss - mine arrived two weeks ago with instructions and a call tag to return the old one.  Super easy.

Called FedEx for pickup today, the agent said they have had hundreds of pick up calls for fire extinguishers.  Must be costing Kidde a fortune.

Andy

Probably so, but you know what?  Even if this was an issue forced upon them by the government or their lawyers, I think it speaks to the character of the people who run the company that they would actually implement and follow through on this program with no undue headaches to the consumer.

I'll buy their products again - and along with their smoke alarms and CO detectors, hope I never have to send them a "thank you" note.
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