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Re: CO2 fire extinguisher?
I've never heard that but my training may be lacking. you might want to call Kidde or whoever made it tomorrow and check directly with them, for that model.
I keep hearing FUD from extinguisher and hydro shops. Most recently the owner of one (extinguisher business that is a certified hydro test center as well) told me that in order to get a "plus" rating on a SCUBA tank he'd need special equipment and procedures so he didn't do them. Well...no. The DOT says all he needs to do is read a number and compare it to a chart, same as he does every time, every hydro. FUD rules! (Well, technically, yes he would need special equipment, one extra metal stamp punch, $25-$120 and good for fifty years, or one Philips screwdriver, whic would wear out a bit faster, to stamp the mark.)
Could be the vertical installation is required by fire or building codes, transport codes, etc. and the shop is simply confused, too. My understanding is like yours: CO2 comes out as a highly pressurized gas, turns into "snow" as it hits the low pressure outside. I didn't recall, but now see the instructions do say "Hold upright" on the label. I'd be curious to find out. Or to hear from one of the members that has had formal USN fire control training.
Last edited by hellosailor; 03-10-2013 at 11:51 AM.