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    Sad news for a man and his family in Canberra over the weekend. Does not seem to be a Froggy, but a reminder to us all to ensure the vehicle you are working on is SAFELY supported. The single photo showing stacked pieces of timber does not engender confidence.

    Man, 70, dies under car in Chapman'

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    Perhaps also a reminder to read this thread - whatever car you are working on

    Hydraulic Citroen Safety - also applies in part to other cars
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    thanks for this Craig, a timely reminder. I had reason to be reflecting
    on this matter a few days ago, remembering introducing negative camber
    to the rear of my 57 Beetle in my youth with just one jack and a few bricks.
    and over the years I've seen very experienced mechanics take very silly risks.

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    I have witnessed hydraulic Citroens fall from the highest position to the ground in a split second on several occasions. Here in the USA we have a DS known as "the death car" because it came down and wiped someone out.
    Always set safety stands. Always.

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    That's so tragic and avoidable.

    I'm always apprehensive about working under a car. As well as stands etc I always put a wheel or two under with the gap taken up with fence posts I've cut to size. If it does fall I'm fairly confident the wheel-post combo will catch it.

    Rather have buckled sills and floor than a dead me.
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    Looking at it closely, there's a jack holding the car behind the wheel arch with a piece of wood on it. There are two large chunks of 100x100 or so, and a 50 piece of timber under the sill, presumably acting as stands. This hasn't failed. I think the jack handle we see belongs to the rescue service. The collapse probably occurred out of the picture.
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    I've had jacks collapse on more than one occasion......ALWAYS use a stand!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugnut403 View Post
    I've had jacks collapse on more than one occasion......ALWAYS use a stand!
    G'day,
    not a cheap Chinese or Asian one though.
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    Some of the best stands I had with my first CX were sawn timber logs. The logs were about the diameter of a telegraph pole and close to a foot high. Heavy, but placed on their sides you could roll them to where you wanted them. Nothing to break. They couldn't fall over. They stored one above the other.

    The only negative was the risk of a hernia when moving them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post

    The only negative was the risk of a hernia when moving them.

    John
    that must be why they went on to invent steel, made-for-purpose, axle stands.

    personally, i am with dvr in putting the tyres under the car too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pug206gti View Post
    G'day,
    not a cheap Chinese or Asian one though.
    Especially those rack type. I tend to only use screw type stands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamma View Post
    Camden bypass yesterday.
    I don't see a problem, they have been safety conscious and used bricks
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    They expect they stole the bricks from the new home being built just down the road.

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