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Old 01-20-2004, 02:10 PM   #1
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MAJOR gas spill in my garage...stunk up the whole house

And the garage STILL wreaks of gas after over a week has passed! I made the dumb mistake of not totally removing my gas cap while I had my TBI removed...I had already relieved the pressure prior to removal, but the system built up fuel pressure again and threw up at least a gallon of gas all over my new engine and garage floor . My wife and I got to come home to these wonderful vapors, which by then had spread through the entire house.

It has been about 1-1/2 weeks since the spill and the garage is still full of vapors, even though I'm pretty sure I have removed all sources of gas. I've left the garage door open for I don't know how long...doesn't hardly put a dent in the stench. Any advice on knocking out the gas smell?
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match..



sorry couldn't resist

i presume you are using a fan pretty much 24/7 in agarage to vent fumes?
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best thing is to get out the chainsaw and split some pine and put the shavings around the spill area...

worked for me
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Ha...I knew someone was going to mention the whole match thing. Funny...that actually crossed my mind

I'll try the pine shavings thing, though...anything's worth a shot. And yes, I ran a fan 24/7 for a while with no luck.
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Candles and maybe some baking soda here and there.
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You need to hit the parts store and get some liquid garage floor cleaner, mix it with water, take a mop and bucket, and hit it...

Gas is oil based, and will stick around till it's cleaned up. Takes some water & throw it on the spot where you spilled the gas, and you'll see what I mean. The water will probably bead right up.

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Candles and maybe some baking soda here and there.
Um, candles? Please tell me you were being sarcastic.

If you have a concrete floor, I'd use some kind of degreaser (dish soap or pine sol) in a bucket and mop down the floor, then hose it out. The porousity of the concrete probably sucked up a ton of it and it's slowly evaporating.
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Simple Green, and elbow grease

Worked for me. A cup in a bucket of hot water, and a stiff push broom that you won't miss. It's that Simple. Heh, I kill myself.

Keep the garage door wide open. That stuff is strong...

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Just be glad everything in your garage doesn't flow to the drain next to the hot water heater...

Yup.. and it was more than a gallon for me... Thankfully I was there though... RIP 1988 Firebird...
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LOL, I'm reponding just to laugh, with you not at you. I've have come home to the same situation, had my fuel lines undone and found a 1/4 tank on the ground. What even funnier is my dogs happend to be locked in the garage that day. Roll the car out and get a hose out, thats the only way.
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Glad to know I'm not alone...thanks for the advice, guys
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Cat litter and wood shavings might work to get the little gas soaked up in the floor. Lots of lysol might be good.
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Heh, you are VERY not alone.

I Simple Greened the RV pad after neglecting to reattach a QD fuel line after an injector swap:

"Hmm, why won't it fire? I can hear the pump...Better see if I have fuel pressure out there... OH ****!!!"

At least it was only the Mustang. The freshly restored Mustang. Ugh.

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I will only say this once, because it was a dark day and I wish to forget my stupidity on that day, but I dumped 5 quarts of oil into my motor and realized I forgot to install the drain plug. Now that's an F'in mess!!!
There's another deal that involves 5 quarts of transmission oil, and me on my back as a sponge. I'll save that for another day.

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How about letting some friends use your garage for an engine swap, and then finding the peanut butter jar full of gas wrapped up in the torch hoses...... while you are cutting leaf springs off of a truck....... WHERE'S THE D*MN FIRE EXTINGUISHER!!!!!!!!!!

More excitement than I really needed that day........

On a side note. DO NOT breathe the dry chemical stuff in the fire extinguishers. Makes for a nice long stay in the restroom......... 'nuff said.
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These stories are gettin' pretty good...starting to look like an "oops" hall of fame
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muriadic acid.. sorry on the spelling.. but thats the $%^ they use to clean a floor before they epoxy paint it, you can find it in your local paint supply store...
though cutting some wood would give you a nice wood smell
or better yet. spill some 80W90 .. no more gas smell anyway.

but check out the acid.. i think you just brush it on with a stiff bristle push broom. if you attempted this, id probably do the whole garage floor..
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Well, I tried the Simple Green on the spill today...also poured some cat litter on top after it dried once it dried for good measure. We'll see how it smells in the morning...
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Re: MAJOR gas spill in my garage...stunk up the whole house

Nice BOGUS AD *pretend forum post*

So, as an educated person (master's degree) with a physics and math major, I'm supposed to assume that your "product" transmutes gasoline (and presumably other flammable compounds such as alcohols and ketones) into ... something else?

Tell you what: use your "product" on about a quart of gasoline (doesn't even have to be a full gallon), run it into YOUR septic tank, wait about 3 hours without flushing a toilet or running any other water, toss in a match; tell me how well it works.

Until then, you're a troll, trolling car enthusiast web sites looking for terms like "gasoline spill" and taking advantage of the gullible.
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Re: MAJOR gas spill in my garage...stunk up the whole house

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Nice BOGUS AD *pretend forum post*

So, as an educated person (master's degree) with a physics and math major, I'm supposed to assume that your "product" transmutes gasoline (and presumably other flammable compounds such as alcohols and ketones) into ... something else?

Tell you what: use your "product" on about a quart of gasoline (doesn't even have to be a full gallon), run it into YOUR septic tank, wait about 3 hours without flushing a toilet or running any other water, toss in a match; tell me how well it works.

Until then, you're a troll, trolling car enthusiast web sites looking for terms like "gasoline spill" and taking advantage of the gullible.
Thank You , Sofakingdom for confirming my initial thought when I saw his posting . The guy is brand new , first post , has no car listed in his profile nor any seeming connection to anything third gen related , and bumps a 10 year old post trying to sell some miracle product .
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Re: MAJOR gas spill in my garage...stunk up the whole house

Been a bunch of spammers on here lately. Butttt...... One thing you're missing is septic tanks have methane in them. Not going to be a favorable result if the product works or not.
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Re: MAJOR gas spill in my garage...stunk up the whole house

Powdered carpet odor killer....sprinkle an entire bottle all over the floor and leave it down . ..I had a 65 gas tank leak in the middle of the night and it dumped approximately 2 full gallons on my garage floor overnight...it was amazing the garage didn't explode when I turned the fluorescents on the next day ...scary stuff if you think of it.......it wreaked of fuel .
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Re: MAJOR gas spill in my garage...stunk up the whole house

Detached garage.
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Re: MAJOR gas spill in my garage...stunk up the whole house

I am not a spammer, but I understand your concerns. All I did was share advice based on my personal experiences with gas spills in my garage, and I stand by it. I certainly didn't say "this single miracle product does this, this and this!" - just that professional cleaning products are good to have on stand-by if you keep a car in your garage or work in your garage. and I stand by that - SpillFix, MOP products, some NewPigg items have all worked much better than the DIY items I've had people recommend to me. Just my personal opinion.
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