New House: When A Garage Can Be A Bad Thing

I haven’t written about this much, but back in January, Caroline and I moved from the apartment where we had lived for the past two years to a 3-bedroom house that we are renting.

One of the more pleasant benefits of our new house is that it has a 2-car garage. Being able to enter the house basically via remote control is nice, and not having to scrape ice of your windshield in the winter is completely awesome.

However, having never lived anywhere with a garage before, there are some things about having one which I’m learning as I go.

For example, back when we had the big ice storm in January, we lost power at our house, the garage door no longer worked automatically, and I didn’t know how to get the door up so we could leave. I figured it out eventually though.

Yesterday, upon returning home from work, I had another lesson in Garage Ownership 101. On the way home, I had been listening to some talk radio, and as I pulled into the garage, I was interested in what one particular caller had to say. Without thinking, I closed the garage door and sat there for several minutes with the car running, listening to the radio.

Of course, I’ve seen enough movies to know that leaving the car running in the garage with the door down is a popular suicide method, but that didn’t occur to me until I finally got out of the car and was assaulted by a garage full of my own exhaust fumes. I began to cough and even after entering the house, felt light-headed for a while.

So here’s the lesson: apparently filling up your garage with carbon monoxide fumes really is a bad idea. I don’t recommend it. If the radio’s really that interesting, turn off the engine and sap some battery power.


Anonymous 3/14/09, 12:27 PM  

Luke, I thought you were smarter than this! Congrats on the house; we love our 2 car garage, too.

Justin and Heather Bland 3/14/09, 7:10 PM  

glad your not dead.

Luke Dockery 3/16/09, 11:22 AM  


I thought I was smarter than that as well. I never cease to surprise myself.

Luke Dockery 3/16/09, 11:23 AM  


Thanks, me too.

Angela 3/18/09, 10:50 AM  


I'd appreciate it if you don't accidentally kill yourself while married to my sister.


P.S. I'm glad you're ok.

Luke Dockery 3/19/09, 9:14 AM  


I’ll make sure to take out a life insurance policy first.

Anonymous 3/26/09, 6:53 AM  

A new suicide method (MADE IN JAPAN!!!!) has been developed as an alternative to hanging suicide and briquette suicide (carbon monoxide gas poisoning).
You don't have to provide rope for suicide by hanging or make a fire for suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.
It is easier than suicide by hanging or by briquette (carbon monoxide gas poisoning).

Only mix 2 kinds of liquids those you can buy at drugstore or at gardening corner of homecenter.
[Hydrogen sulfide GAS] is a potent POISON GAS more than carbon monoxide gas, occur more quickly.
* It is sometimes misunderstanded with "chlorine gas",but it is [Hydrogen sulfide GAS],more potently. *
You can lose your senses in a second ( KNOCK DOWN : Painless!! ) if you inhale [high concentration hydrogen sulfide GAS] over 1000ppm!!!!
You can't "Knock Down" with "chlorine gas"!

Strong Acid + Calcium Polysulfides solution(Pesticides) = Hydrogen sulfide (H2Sgas)

* If in a bathroom or a car,enough with each 2 litters (about half gallon).
* You can use sulfuric acid of a car battery as strong acid, and you can use a pesticide lime sulfur as calcium polysulfides.

It reachs a fatal concentration over 1000ppm quickly.
(Please mix in a vessel, such as buckets)

Acid Sources
Lysol(R) Ready to Use Disinfectant (4-8 percent citric and hydroxyacetic acid)
Lysol(R) Toilet Bowl Cleaner (9.5 percent HCl)
Sno Bol(R) Toilet Cleaner (15 percent HCl)
**The Works(R) Toilet Bowl Cleaner (15-25 percent HCl)** coooooooooool!!!!!!!!
Blu-Lite(R) Germicidal Acid Bowl Cleaner (20.5 percent phosphoric acid)
Kaboom(R) Shower, Tub, and Tile Cleaner (5-7 percent urea-monohydrochloric acid)
Tile, stone cleaners (1-30 percent HCl)

Sulfur Sources
Artist oil paints (0-15 percent zinc sulfide)
Dandruff shampoos (1.0 percent selenium sulfide)
**Pesticides (5-30 percent calcium polysulfides)** coooooooooool!!!!!!!!
Spackling paste (1-2 percent zinc sulfide)
Some latex paints (6.6 percent zinc sulfide)
Garden fungicides (5-90 percent sulfur)


Hydrogen Sulfide: A Potential First Responder Hazard
Advisory New York State Office of Homeland Security September 26, 2008
Emergency Managers Advisory

Dangerous Japanese 'Detergent Suicide' Technique Creeps Into U.S.

Chemical TerrorismFact Sheet
Blood Gas Agents - Hydrogen Sulfide

Mujahideen Poisons Handbook

"La jodaso stiana."

Luke Dockery 3/26/09, 10:18 AM  

Apparently, this Anonymous character is trying to encourage me to commit suicide by providing me with an easier method.

Hmm. That kinda creeps me out.

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