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    Under the weather

    Ok, so I am just looking for some feedback. I have been toying with scrapping and using it as a source of "spending money" for the last year or so. Also, over the last 6 months or so I have come down with the flu, the stomach flu, bronchitis, and now a sinus infection. I am normally a very healthy guy so all these sicknesses have been a bit of a surprise. Are these 2 things going hand in hand or just a series of unfortunate events? I break down anything I can find, and seem to do a good amount of CRT tv's. Anyone had any issues like this from breaking down anything? Low grade board flu perhaps?

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    Can't see I see a tie in but I'm not always the brightest color in the crayon box. I do a lot of crts myself and have been doing so for the last year or so. Never any issues. Only been sick when we had the flu raging through my sandbar. But..70 degrees one day and 30 the next with 40mph winds will getcha sick right quick!

    You doing your breaking down outside? If so that could be the reason. I do mine in my shop with windows open some, etc. Also..could be picking up germs from the crts..maybe have some hand sanatizer on hand or use gloves if you don't already. I use a cheap pair when messing with crts and such.

    Hope ya feel better, and stop getting sick man!

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    Oh, haha, I see what you did there DumbD. Good one. The way you made it look like I'm a worried little girl. Oh man, you are funny. Boy, I wish I could hear wacky lines like that all day. *rolls eyes* Thanks for your input Sirscrapalot!

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    Also remember you are coming into contact with a lot more people if you are going into homes, businesses or garages to get scrap or whatever. Plus I usually shake someones hand when I meet them and God only knows what they were touching before you came along. Keep a small hand sanitizer in the glove box or you can get ones that hang on a key chain. Feel better.
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    Your welcome.

    Hope ya feel better.

    Sirscrapalot - Being sick sucks.

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    do i be leive scrap made you sick not really but tehre has been crazy weather and like others have sadi secondary resources that go withit which could be a culprit
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    Wear gloves and wash your hands often. Ya never know where or what happens to items you pick up from the curb and such. I found a six foot stand up lamp one night and when i got to a gas station I saw the base of the lamp and cord was covered in dog crap. yuck!!!

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    If you're doing lots of TVs, the dust from inside them might be kicking your butt. I noticed that a couple of times when I did a bunch, felt like crap for a couple days.
    Last edited by zito; 03-22-2013 at 12:45 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zito View Post
    If you're doing lots of TVs, the dust from inside them might be kicking your butt. I noticed that a couple of times when I did a bunch, felt like crap for a couple days.
    I have noticed that with computer power supplys. Inhaling a bit of dust & getting that sick feeling, sweating around the eyes/face & sore behind the eyes too.
    From now on I plan to dunk the power supply into a bucket of warm soapy disinfectant containing water before scrapping them out. Theres too much copper not to scrap them, for me anyway.

    And getting 'the ****z' after scrapping out a slimy fridge... Thats happened too many times.

    The worst was when I was walking home with a bag of hot chips & saw a 'wheelie bin' (120 litre plastic, council supplyed, rubbish bin) full of water.
    So I tip it over using one had, deciding not to use that same hand to eat the chips. Hell the rubbish stunk, like vomit... ugh.

    Five minutes later I forget not to use THAT hand. Ugh, yeah I got sick, badly stomach sick. Took ages to get right again. I brought some yogurt & that helped a bit. Probiotics should have been my choice.

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    I break down as much outside as I can, use paper masks, gloves, keep hand sanitizer in the truck...etc.

    The can kick your butt.

    I have asthma, so I'm pretty careful because I end up with respiratory infections fairly easily if I'm not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eesakiwi View Post
    I have noticed that with computer power supplys. Inhaling a bit of dust & getting that sick feeling, sweating around the eyes/face & sore behind the eyes too.
    From now on I plan to dunk the power supply into a bucket of warm soapy disinfectant containing water before scrapping them out. Theres too much copper not to scrap them, for me anyway.

    And getting 'the ****z' after scrapping out a slimy fridge... Thats happened too many times.

    The worst was when I was walking home with a bag of hot chips & saw a 'wheelie bin' (120 litre plastic, council supplyed, rubbish bin) full of water.
    So I tip it over using one had, deciding not to use that same hand to eat the chips. Hell the rubbish stunk, like vomit... ugh.

    Five minutes later I forget not to use THAT hand. Ugh, yeah I got sick, badly stomach sick. Took ages to get right again. I brought some yogurt & that helped a bit. Probiotics should have been my choice.
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    I just relised I'm probably ghetto immunisating myself against every germ & diease thats ever been thru that power supply............

    Oh, I got that 'sik' feeling in my guts again. I was out shopping & the first dunny I got to was being used, so I found another one & if I was 30 seconds later..........

    Well I even had to use the females as the males was locked at the time. I'm starting to wonder if I'm picking the germs up at home too.

    Oh, I sometimes use a 'headlight'. One of those strap on torches you can use at nigh & keep your hands free.
    So I used it again. Next day I see a few blackheads on my forehead, didn't think about it...
    Thenext day theres a bunch & they won't heal & so I poppem & that clears those ones up but theres still more comming. Well after 5 days its all died down again, but I'm not forgetting to sterilise my headband next time I use it.


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