Must've been some pretty poor fabric for working with molten metal.
ordinary cotton jeans will shed molten metal quite well when relatively
vertical.... horizontally almost any fabric can be a problem...... I've
had molten metal run down my leg outside my jeans many times when
overhead welding. leather of course is the best material for this sort
of thing, and some synthetics are downright dangerous as the metal can
pass through nylon and some others as if it weren't even there, and it
also melts, sticks and burns your skin. Heavy cotton, wool, leather,
nomex...... are the best.
Mike Beaty wrote:
> He didn't have his pants tucked into his boots.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Stone Tool <owly@...> wrote:
>> Only a fool wears his pants tucked in when working in this sort of
>> situation. You will find only dudes wearing wellingtons or western
>> cowboy boots with the pants tucked in. The only reasonable method is
>> to put the pants over the boot. Some horsemen wear boots with pants
>> tucked in....... but those who work in rough country wear their boots
>> inside their pants for exactly this reason.... It keeps sticks, thorns,
>> ticks and scorpions from finding their way down your boot..... The only
>> reason to wear the pants tucked in is to show off your cool boots!
>> Working people don't do this. A large percentage of my friends and
>> customers and neighbors are working ranchers and cowboys..... NONE of
>> them wears their pants tucked in except at a dance. It's just foolish!
>> your pants are the first line of defense...... steep.... the metal
>> down your pant leg rapidly, and off onto the ground........ or if you
>> are stupid enough to wear your pants tucked in..... into your boots!
>> Mike Beaty wrote:
>>> A supervisor in the Foudry I used to work in had on a pair of
>>> "Engineer's Boots", slip on boots similar to Wellingtons. One of the
>>> moulds started leaking iron, which flowed right into the top of the
>>> boot. Everyone started wearing boots with tight tops after that.
>>> --- In email@example.com, Stone Tool <owly@> wrote:
>>>> Where molten metal is rattling round, it will find any place to
>>>> and will burn through stuff like stitching...... you learn this
>>>> Most of us who actually work for a living and use boots for work
>>>> tuck the pant legs into the boots for reasons such as you describe.
>>>> Anything that runs or rolls down the outside of your gear will
> land IN
>>>> the boot...... that's one of Murphy's laws. No traps for
> material on
>>>> the boot, no flat toes with a seam round them, all lap seams in the
>>>> leather made such that the upper piece laps OVER the lower piece, a
>>>> "welt" (where the sole attaches) that is not designed to trap
>>>> and a decent sole material......... NOT POLYURETHANE spongy stuff
>>>> smokes whenever it comes into contact with something hot on the
>>>> floor........ Probably the best boot sole for working with hot
>>> metal is
>>>> the vibrum lug hiking boot sole. They are fairly hard, and do
> not melt
>>>> and burn easily, they have deep grooves that raise the main sole
>>>> the floor level. Slip on "wellington" type boots such as you
>>>> are good for the fact that stuff rolls off them... they almost never
>>>> have steel toes....... which I don't like anyway but are a good
>>>> Their only disadvantage is they have absolutely no ankle support
>>>> is not a problem as a rule in shop work......... and of course
> slip on
>>>> boots can be rapidly removed which can be an asset.
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