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Old 9 oz. Tanks Do they have to be hydro-tested?

#1 User is offline   Shadowjackal 

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 09:08 AM

I keep getting conflicting info. The local PB store owner who sent my 20 oz. tank in for testing told me that 9 oz. tanks do not have to be tested. When I took some 9 oz. tanks to another local store the person working there said that he could not fill them because they were out of date. Do 9 oz. tanks have to be hydro-tested? Thanks all.
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Posted 26 October 2007 - 09:11 AM

From what i have heard that if the tanks are made of chrome molly steel then they do not have to be tested. But if they are made of aluminum they do because aluminum stretches more. Wait for more replies because i am not 100% my self.
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Posted 26 October 2007 - 09:38 AM

Here's a link to a thread discussing this over on MCB

http://www.mcarterbrown.com/forums/ask-exp...meter-rule.html
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Posted 26 October 2007 - 09:43 AM

In case you're lazy, quoted from above link ^^^ which comes from http://www.hydrotester.com

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CO2 tanks: 2 inches or less in diameter and less than 2 feet long, do not need to be tested. This is a DOT Rule. These CO2 bottles usually have a 1800 psi limit. Greater than 2 inches in diameter must be tested every 5 years. These bottles are not fiber wrapped. These are considered high pressure.

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 10:28 AM

Thanks Jackson and thank you all. So , I only have to worry about the groups 12 and 20 oz. tanks. That is helpful...
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Posted 26 October 2007 - 08:41 PM

yeah...the guy at the store that told you that told you the 9 oz was too old? is an idiot...

Print that page out and take it to him...and then ask the manager to post it where the fill station is.
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Posted 27 October 2007 - 07:02 PM

I thought I heard somewhere that the exemption did not apply to older tanks made before the exemption. In fact, I know I've seen that in a few places. New 9 ounce tanks do not have a hydro date printed on them. The older ones, that do, may not be exempt.

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 08:03 PM

If its old, why not test it? Better safe than sorry if sorry could mean a life.
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Posted 27 October 2007 - 11:40 PM

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If its old, why not test it? Better safe than sorry if sorry could mean a life.


If it's that old, why not just buy a new one that costs less than the test?
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Posted 28 October 2007 - 04:24 PM

View Postdruid, on Oct 28 2007, 02:40 AM, said:

View Post667675765, on Oct 27 2007, 11:03 PM, said:

If its old, why not test it? Better safe than sorry if sorry could mean a life.


If it's that old, why not just buy a new one that costs less than the test?


Very good questions. It is a simple answer of money. My group can field close to thirty markers, no joke. Of those only about eight to ten are mine and my friends personal markers. Anyway you look at it, rather hydro-testing or buying new tanks, it is a bunch of money! Before you start shooting me down, I go over the tanks very carefully, and have taken several tanks out of service. I have hydro-tested a few and have bought a few new tanks. When we field the guns I am the one to assemble and disassemble the markers and am careful to watch the older tanks. It is my plan (which I have started doing) to replace or test the old tanks.
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Posted 30 October 2007 - 05:46 PM

View PostShadowjackal, on Oct 28 2007, 04:24 PM, said:

View Postdruid, on Oct 28 2007, 02:40 AM, said:

View Post667675765, on Oct 27 2007, 11:03 PM, said:

If its old, why not test it? Better safe than sorry if sorry could mean a life.


If it's that old, why not just buy a new one that costs less than the test?


Very good questions. It is a simple answer of money. My group can field close to thirty markers, no joke. Of those only about eight to ten are mine and my friends personal markers. Anyway you look at it, rather hydro-testing or buying new tanks, it is a bunch of money! Before you start shooting me down, I go over the tanks very carefully, and have taken several tanks out of service. I have hydro-tested a few and have bought a few new tanks. When we field the guns I am the one to assemble and disassemble the markers and am careful to watch the older tanks. It is my plan (which I have started doing) to replace or test the old tanks.


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I wouldn't worry too much about 9oz tanks failing. If there are major dents/scrapes that make you scared, your best bet is to take 'em to Walmart. Not sure if they have given up on the program yet, but Blue Rhino would take your old tanks on trade and give you a new tank filled. Yeah, you pay about $8 or $9 for a filled tank but it is better than the alternative. The last few times I checked my Walmart, they didn't have the tanks but still had the locking rack for them. I believe they may have realized this program was a loser for them and dropped it but can't be sure.

I may be behind the times but they were doing this for 9oz and 20oz tanks.

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:00 PM

In both Canada and the Us 9 oz tanks are exempt from the 5 years rehydro. This is covered under the Transportation acts.

Note that I say the rehydro and not the revisuals - since nobody seems to revisual after each year.


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Posted 16 November 2007 - 01:57 PM

Chrome molly/Steel Tanks must be tested every 5 years regardless of size
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Posted 01 December 2007 - 07:48 PM

sry for this noobish question but what exzacly is hydrotesting? is it to do making sure your tank wont leak or something my tanks arent quite to that age yet.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 10:55 PM

Yes, it is used ensure that your tank hasn't developed any flaws over the period of its use. Environmental elements, and physical abuse can corrode or weaker even the strongest metals.

If you have a CO2 tank I would just toss it (or make something like a lamp out of it). It is usually cheaper to just buy a new CO2 tank.
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