using gas dusters indoor safe?

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  1. useroflaptops

    useroflaptops Notebook Evangelist

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    do you guys use it indoors in bad ventillation areas?
     
  2. ronnieb

    ronnieb Representing the Canucks

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    Are you talking about compressed air? Ventilation shouldn't be hard, just leave the door open.
     
  3. Lithus

    Lithus NBR Janitor

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    Canned air is just air. So if blowing into your computer is safe, then canned air is safe.
     
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    As long as you don't turn it upside-down when you use it or blow it into your nose, you should be fine.
     
  5. Mastershroom

    Mastershroom wat

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    Unless your heatsink fans and vents are clogged with radioactive material, you'll be just fine.
     
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    Actually "canned air" is usually a refrigerant called HFC-134a (1,1,1,2 tetrafluoroethane). It's a lot easier to compress into cans than actual air. It's why you can freeze things with it when it's turned upside down (which gives a risk of frostbite, so be careful!). It's also dryer than air, and thus is safer for your computer.

    On it's own, HFC134a isn't really toxic. However, the main danger is it displacing air. That is to say, it is heavier than air, and thusly, if there is too much, you will be breathing the HFC134a instead of the air that your body needs, leading to asphyxiation and death. However, given the amounts in a duster can, I don't think that it would present a safety issue, unless you were abusing it.
     
  7. Krane

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    You mean like inhaling it?
     
  8. Mastershroom

    Mastershroom wat

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    Yep, people actually get high on that stuff, it's pretty nasty. They deliberately make the chemicals extremely bitter for a reason, but I guess that doesn't stop some people:


    <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/e4qU57xPh5E&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" height="344" width='425'>
     
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    Yeah. There have even been deaths from people doing so. The cans that I buy from Walmart even brag about how their bittering agent works the best, and how it's unique to their product only. That kind of attitude disgusts me... If they really believed that their product was so effective at preventing abuse, they should make it an option for ALL air dusters, so that they would accomplish the true advertished goal of preventing abuse. Instead, they market it as some kind of "exclusive feature", with profits in mind. But that discussion is for some other day.

    And quite ironically enough, it's the same exact one in your video.
     
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  10. PurpleSkyz

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    :/
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