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Old 04-20-2007, 10:45 AM   #11
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Any fire extinguisher place can do the hydro too (like $15).
Scuba shops can as well, but they will charge a premium (like $25).

Its good for 5 more years.

P.S. the condition of your valve has no bearing on the hydro test.

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Old 04-20-2007, 01:59 PM   #12
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the valve can influence the quality of the tank though. with aluminum tanks in particular, they can develop microcracks around the valve area since that is an area of the tank that takes the most stress. i would say that for the welding supply shops, they look at the valve to see how well the tank has been taken care of, and if they are willing to swap with you.

sounds like some of you are really lucky with where you live. in austin, there was only one shop that didn't check certification consistently, and it depended on the person i was talking with. every other place checks the certification. i only swap though.

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Old 04-20-2007, 03:30 PM   #13
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Harv, my friend had an old 20# steel tank, well out of cert. He took it to CeeKay Supply and traded the old tank in and got a 20# aluminum tank in return. It cost $13.90 for the retest fee and $18.63 for the gas. CeeKay is all over the metro area.

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Old 04-20-2007, 04:13 PM   #14
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Harv, my friend had an old 20# steel tank, well out of cert. He took it to CeeKay Supply and traded the old tank in and got a 20# aluminum tank in return. It cost $13.90 for the retest fee and $18.63 for the gas. CeeKay is all over the metro area.

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yeah I meant to check them out, I found them on the BrewGas locator

Thanks for the info, sounds like that is where I'll be taking this tank after I pick it up this weekend.
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Old 04-21-2007, 11:04 AM   #15
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I recently had my 5 #er in for a refill and I was told it needed to be recertified.
I did know this and was glad someone at the supply place was on the ball enough to check.
I now have a 20#er that I got for $20 and it was 3/4 full and also came with a used regulator. I did have to buy and install a low pressure guage on it but for the price, I couldn't go wrong. I know I'll have to re-certify when it blows but I think that it would be in my best interest to have it done proper anyway.
It takes a while to do the test so if you need it done, chances are you'll have to leave it.

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Old 04-21-2007, 11:53 AM   #16
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Wow, this thread gives me hope. I've got a 20# tank in my storage shed that probably went out of cert a decade ago. Visibly it is in good shape. I just figured that it would cost an unreasonable amount to get re-certed. I suppose I'll try to trade it in and see what happens.

Yay, I've got my foot in the door for kegging.

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Old 04-21-2007, 03:40 PM   #17
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My local fire alarm/equipment place hydros any size tank for $12 and it takes two days. No big deal. Ask someone at the closest firehouse where they get their bottles serviced and go there.

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Old 07-11-2007, 10:40 PM   #18
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I have a 10 and 20 lb tank I got from a buddy who moved; both expired. I finally got around to having them hydro tested at a fire supply store. My 20# expired tank failed . Good news, no charge and they disposed of it for me .

10# tank just passed . Total charge $40 including the fill. Just bought my additional regulator etc and I can now carb the kegs in queue finally! Tis a good day for this homebrewer.


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Old 07-12-2007, 01:59 AM   #19
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Question:

Do any of these old tanks you are all talking about getting rec-ertified belong to a beverage company? I have an older tank that was still certified when my local gas supplier said nope to a refill. Seems that when the owner's name is stamped in the side (Willamette Beverage), it is illegal for anyone else to get it refilled. This tank was given to me about 8 yrs ago by a friend. Thought about grinding and puttying to cover the stamped name but never got around to it and it's expired now.

Has danyone else had this problem and found a way to overcome it?

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Old 07-12-2007, 04:27 AM   #20
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Both the 10 and 20 I think had pepsi or coke etched on them. My cert place didn't seem to care. The 20 expired in 1991 and the 10 1985. Maybe try another place?

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