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Old 01-25-2020, 08:57 PM
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Default Tool to break the canopy

An old railroad spike is what I had lying around, it fit the hand well so I sharpened the tip on a bench grinder and painted it red. It’s going in my current build. Cool repurposed tool.
Also, a few years ago at Sun n Fun there was a vender demonstration where a guy used a Wave multitool to break a canopy with the pliers function. It has a particularly pointed tip.
Hopefully you’ll never need to use either.
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:35 PM
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If anybody listened to Patty Wagstaff's recent podcast about her flip over in her Bonanza she mentioned she recommended everyone have someway to break the canopy.

You will also notice her comment that the contents of the cabin went all over. So I am not only thinking which tool would be best to carry, but also how do I secure it #1 so it doesn't become a projectile, and #2 I can find it will possibly upside down.
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:50 PM
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Try this... https://www.harborfreight.com/automa...g+center+punch for a canpoy break out tool. Requires less than 2 inches of arm movement.

And these... https://www.harborfreight.com/pigski...rge-64173.html
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Old 01-26-2020, 01:17 AM
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Default Swiss Army Knife rescue tool

Another interesting option.

https://www.victorinox.com/ch/en/Pro...l/p/0.8623.MWN



I liked the video so much I bought one just now.

Still feels like some clever guys are going to come up with "the be all and end all of emergency egress from an RV" tool.
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Old 01-26-2020, 04:15 AM
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As much as I like to not carry extra weight around, the only thing that works quickly (assume fuel is leaking if upside down) is something with mass. All the punches and handyman type tools may work but they take time to chisel your way out. I have the hammer type, with seat belt cutter, as shown in this video. I do believe securing it, so you know where it is when hanging upside down, is important, as previously mentioned.
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Old 01-26-2020, 07:32 AM
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I have this:
Lifehammer Brand Safety Hammer

This appears to be what is used in the video, but not sure.

and this
Anti Splat Aero Snapper

it's a bit like a fire extinguisher that I haven't used yet, so I can't really comment on how well they work when I'm upside down, but I have tried both on scrap plastic and they work well for both cracking and breaking plastic. And the craftsmanship is excellent, (as are everything else I've bought from Allan and crew).

One tool to crack the canopy (if not already done from the roll over) and the one from Anti Splat Aero is a nice tool with leverage to finish breaking out.

The hammer came with a mount, so I just tethered my break-out tool to it, all within reach of me.
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Old 01-26-2020, 08:40 AM
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I have this Gerber LMF II knife velcroed to my side wall within easy reach (and it won't disappear in a hard landing or flipped airplane situation). US military helicopter pilots have been carrying these in the sandbox to help punch their way out of plexiglass if needed. Use the butt end and keep the blade in the sheath (obviously).

An observation about the Lifehammer: it's made for car glass, but I don't think it'll be effective on our thick plastic.
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Old 01-26-2020, 09:24 AM
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An observation about the Lifehammer: it's made for car glass, but I don't think it'll be effective on our thick plastic.
My personal experience is that it works very well. Just swing away. A couple good whacks and you will have a nice crack. A good demonstration is in the video posted earlier - here it is again for quick reference Cracking the canopy
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Old 01-26-2020, 09:31 AM
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Default Canopy break

I bought a HF survivor knife, has a hollow handle with goodies like compass etc. Ground the blade shorter and sharper to 3 in. Hope I don't need to use it! GL ben
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:57 PM
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An observation about the Lifehammer: it's made for car glass, but I don't think it'll be effective on our thick plastic.
Watch the video in Post #10.
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