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Anybody watch \"Mythbusters\" last night?

Last night's "Mythbusters" program featured what would happen if you plugged the T&P valve and disconnected the safety controls. Some cuts from "Danger Lurks", the old industry safety flick were shown along with their usual mayhem. They sent a 30-gallon electric waterheater 500' straight up, then built a shanty with a California code roof around a 40 gallon, of course, Buster, the crash-test dummy was seated beside this disaster-in-waiting, then they plugged the T&P, and disabled the safety controls. The heater "launched" at 300+ PSI, and predictibly demolished the shack, punching thru the roof like wet kleenex, and went over 500 feet straight up. Buster was thoroughly "steam cleaned". BTW, 300 PSI is higher than the standard boiler pressure used on most steam locomotives! Graphic demo of what a badly installed, tampered-with water heater could do.


  • nugs
    nugs Member Posts: 77

    yea itwas fun to watch ,though I still have and show the old WAtts danger lurks video to my class. No real myth to bust here though, water heaters have been blowing up for years. Wanna have some real fun, do it with a cast iron boiler sometime.
  • Anna Conda
    Anna Conda Member Posts: 122

    Too right - the locomotive I work with runs on only 250 psi :)))

    Wasn't that gorgeous? Mr. Conda was all "whoa!" My buddy phoned me up after and says likewise. I keep telling people, these things are bombs, maybe now they'll believe me :D
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,297

    Missed it ;~( Wonder if I can get a copy of that show? Thanks for the heads up!

    Yours, Larry
  • [Deleted User]
    Like this....

  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884

    Contact the show, they mention getting copys all the time.

    I sat with my sons and wife and watched it. The boys were impressed and my wife had no idea what goes on ion the basement.


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  • Glenn Harrison_2
    Glenn Harrison_2 Member Posts: 845
    Will be on again this morning...

    at 9:00 AM Central (10:00 AM Eastern I assume) on Discovery Channel According to my Cable Provider.
  • Aidan (UK)
    Aidan (UK) Member Posts: 290
    \"Water heater rocket\"

    Like this?

    Never tire of watching that.
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