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!Very important safety Question!

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06-18-2002 05:49:16

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I've worked with oxy acetylene before, i am getting a small rig of my own for working on stuff on the farm. My shop is not heated, is there a problem w/ leaving the tanks in the shop thru the winter? I hate to bring them in the house, can someone let me know if it they need to be kept at room temp or what i should do with them....

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JD 4000

06-19-2002 12:28:41

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 Re: !Very important safety Question! in reply to Bandit, 06-18-2002 05:49:16  
putting them in house will make them a nice bomb house will go up in sky... I always keep in garage and turned off. (garage not heated) same where you keep the LP out side all time not in house!

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06-18-2002 20:07:49

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 Re: !Very important safety Question! in reply to Bandit, 06-18-2002 05:49:16  
Here's a couple more 'common' safety pointers.

For tank storage, it's important that they are secured in an upright position whenever the safety caps are off. Usually in a cart or chained to a wall.

If a fully charged Oxygen tank falls over and knocks the valve stem off it becomes a lethal rocket. If an actelyene tank falls over, there's enough fuel there to turn your shop into a nice bomb.

Always use an acetylene tank in an upright position. If layed down for transport, stand upright for several hours before using.

Never use copper tubing for acetylene. Acetylene and copper react to form copper acetate, highly explosive.

Never use oil on your oxygen gauges, torches, fittings etc. Oxygen + Oil = explosive mix.

Read and understand instructions for torch use.

-- bbott

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06-19-2002 07:39:09

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 Re: Re: !Very important safety Question! in reply to bbott, 06-18-2002 20:07:49  
Good safety list bbot,

I like to include not to lay down cylinders for storage as under "some" circumstances the valves can blow off during cold weather when the cylinders are stood up right. This applys to all cylinders.


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John - NY

06-18-2002 13:53:45

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 Re: !Very important safety Question! in reply to Bandit, 06-18-2002 05:49:16  
It's OK to leave them in the cold. Just be sure to back off the adjustments on the gauges so there's no pressure on the diaphram when not in use when it's freezing outside.

That's the only precaution I've heard about!

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Darrell C.

06-19-2002 03:44:43

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 Re: Re: !Very important safety Question! in reply to John - NY, 06-18-2002 13:53:45  
I've been leaving mine in the unheated garage for years without turning anything and they work as good as new still today...(It gets 30plus below zero here in winter) and they never failed me...... Darrell C.

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06-19-2002 07:48:17

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 Re: Re: Re: !Very important safety Question! in reply to Darrell C., 06-19-2002 03:44:43  
Hi Darrell,

If you slowly open the the high pressure valve then there's less chance of a low pressure diaphram rupture but that doesn't mean a rupture can not occur. Thats why all gauge mfg's suggest backing out the low pressure adjustment screw upon shut down.

Somewhere along the line seams new students are not be advised to "slowly" open the high pressure valve.


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06-18-2002 06:11:37

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 Re: !Very important safety Question! in reply to Bandit, 06-18-2002 05:49:16  
#1, "dont" put them in the house. Place where I used to work, we stored both on the outside, winter and summer. Seems where I get my refills, they are always stored outside also. I keep my units in an unheated garage.

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06-18-2002 06:13:42

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 Re: Re: !Very important safety Question! in reply to Mac, 06-18-2002 06:11:37  
OK, I kinda figured it'd be ok.
I was definately not keeping them the house....

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