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Phil Lapp
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Username: Phil_lapp

Post Number: 28
Registered: 06-2005
Posted From: 64.222.186.54
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I went down to the basement last night and heard my tank hissing. It is an old one, probably 25 years, and will have to be pressure tested the next time it gets filled. Since its a 20 pounder, that isn't very often. It appears that it is leaking not from the regulator, but from the valve handle.

Any ideas on how big deal this will be to get fixed? I figure I may need a whole new top put on. phil.
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1008
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 68.78.6.159
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 02:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There's packing at both the top and bottom, so you need to fully open the valve when using the tank.

Depending on the valve, you might be able to get it re-packed.

Might be easier/cheaper to swap it out for newer tank at your CO2 supplier. They'll likely charge you for the hydro test, but maybe not.

(Message edited by pedwards on April 06, 2006)
 

Phil Lapp
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Post Number: 29
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Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 02:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Paul. It was wide open, as it always is. Good idea on the swap. I will have to check into that.
 

Hophead
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Post Number: 2162
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.38
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 04:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Definitely swap it out, it's the only way to fly. Unless you have an aluminum tank that you're fond of... Switching from 10# to 20# tank was great. Twice the CO2 for about the same price...
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 2237
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 208.49.148.10
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 06:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Totally agree with Paul with one exception. It's best to open all the way and then back off a 1/4 turn. That way it doesn't get stuck in the wide open position after being that way for a year.

My welding supply recently just swapped an out of date 20# tank for a new one for no $ for the retesting. $12 for the 20# and I've been paying $11 to get a 10# filled.
 

Connie
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Post Number: 723
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Posted From: 24.98.248.244
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 07:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Vance, that the place you mentioned next to Kauffman tire.
I saw an ad where someone had two "five foot" CO2 tanks for sale...just what I need
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 2241
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 208.49.148.10
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 07:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Actually Bob told me about a new welding place in Cumming off the Pilgrim Mill exit that I've been using and it's cheaper (I think) than the one on 141 next to Kauffman. Seems like it's Smith's Welding Supply. The #10 for $11 was at the 141 place and the #20 for 12 and no test $ was at Smith.

5'? Is that a 50#?
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 1131
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 70.233.34.158
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 08:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a 5' tank. I think I picked it up for $25 and it cost about the same to fill it. I think it holds 55#. People complain about the size, but I havn't had much trouble moving it around. I just tip it over and it falls right in the back of my SUV.
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."
 

Connie
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Post Number: 724
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Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 08:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

don't know what size it is, but the ad said it weighs about 125# empty and you can bet they're out of date.
Smith's Welding is on Ventura Dr off GA400..exit Pilgram Mill Rd...wonder if they do AL tanks.
 

Geoff Buschur
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Post Number: 1132
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Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 08:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mine is a steel tank and it is heavy, you just have to know how to handle it.

Mine was out of date too. Just bring it in to Bob (Beer Necessities) or ask him where he takes his stuff and they'll swap it out for you.
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1009
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 70.236.22.105
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 08:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Vance,

Good point. But I don't leave my CO2 tank open for a year. I shut it off if I'm not drawing pints regularly.

Kinda the "suspenders and a belt" approach I learned from a safety engineer. I'm the sort of person that checks the water line shut off valves to all my plumbing fixtures every few months so they will actually shut the water off if I need to replace washers or something.
 

Connie
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Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 08:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hey Vance, Smith's is up to $21 inc tax for a 20# tank and they do fill Al tanks
 

Vance Barnes
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Post Number: 2244
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 02:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That's strange. I got mine swapped in Feb. and it was only $12. Did I just get lucky or has CO2 gone up that much in 2 months? I knew they would do AL but the one on 141 won't. Smith's doesn't fill them there, they sedn them off and it takes a couple of days unless you do a swap.

Hmmm, Bob told me to tell him that he sent me there. Wonder if that's why I got a deal? Might want to mention that if you go there and see if the $ goes down.
 

Geoff Buschur
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Post Number: 1136
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Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 03:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Homo Depot here in TX is swapping out 20# CO2 tanks now. You may check to see if they are doing it everywhere.
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."
 

Marlon Lang
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Username: Marlonlang

Post Number: 572
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 68.155.73.223
Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 10:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

FWIW,
Most CO2 that is available is a by-product of some process that uses natural gas. Natural gas is out the gizinki now (8$, Henry hub), so CO2 should be also.