Kids stealing freon!

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by vaplumber, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. vaplumber

    vaplumber Guest

    Just seen something interesting on the late news. Seems like kids are sneaking onto property, cracking open valves on central units, and snorting the freon. The reporter said that the kids usually close the valves and re cap fittings, leaving the homeowner with a mystery leak. Just found this interesting and thought Id share. Dont know whats coming to our world now days!
  2. PEW

    PEW DIY Senior Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    We also have to keep our NH3 under tight lock down. They like to steal it, if they survive, to make meth.

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  4. Pewterpower

    Pewterpower New Member

    Jun 25, 2006
    That happened in our neighborhood about 3 yrs ago. Who the hell thinks this stuff up. I wish they would try huffing a car exhaust instead.
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    On a national level, theft of entire condensing units is epidemic!. Between the price for scrap copper, and the black market which has developed for 10 SEER units, better get a watchdog!
  6. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    B4 I moved to OH 2 kids broke into a dentists office and stole a whole tank of laughing gas. They got it into their van and turned on the tank while sitting in a remote culdasack. About 8 hours later the cops found them in the van dead with the engine running. Freon basically does the same thing. It displaces the oxygen in your lungs and you suffocate. We had an incident here in OH where 2 men were cleaning a tank with freon and they didn't have the fans or something running and 1 was overcome with the gas without knowing it and died in the tank.

    While this may seem bad the number of deaths from freon type gases pales in comparison to the number of deaths from Ethyl Alcohol.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2006
  7. Rancher

    Rancher Guest

    As it turns out, you can huff anything other than Carbon Dioxide and your body & brain will be fat dumb and happy, CO2 is what causes you to inhale/exhale, you can breath as much Argon or Helium as you want, and you will die, because you don't know you need Oxygen.

  8. viennamicro

    viennamicro New Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Executive Officer, 7th ID, USAAC, 11th ACR, ALMC,
    Vienna, WV

    I remember the good ole days when the kids would smoke anything - an I don't mean that wacky tabackie.

    Then the only real danger was what Dad would do if he caught ya.

    I recall Gramps catching me once and he made me finish the whole pile I'd rolled. Never had a puff since . . .

    HANDYHACKERinFL New Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    I'm sure Ethyl alcohol is responsible for a lot of deaths, but to clarify its only slightly toxic, death occurs from overdose. Its the alcohol thats drank to get drunk. In contrast, Methyl Alcohol is extremely toxic, exposure to small amounts, even the vapors, can cause blindness and death. Ethyl alcohol is often denatured for industrial use, where methyl alcohol may be added to render it undrinkable.

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