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How Many Times Can You Refill?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by GrkPranksta69, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. GrkPranksta69

    GrkPranksta69 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: NC, United States
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    Hey guys, just recently got certified in the past month and am starting to get a feel for gear and was wondering how many times can you refill a tank? I know it's a dumb question but trying to learn.
     
  2. pconsidine

    pconsidine ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Cornwall-on-Hudson. New York
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    you can refill tanks unlimited times- but a scuba tank should be visually inspected yearly and every 5 years a tank must be fydrostat tested according to D.O.T.
     
  3. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
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    Until you can't due to the tank not passing hydro, the compressor breaking, or some other catastrophe. Roughly 10,000 or so unless you do cave fills. Then it's like 9,995. Or if you get short fills about 12,000 times. I have some steel 72's from 1953 and 54. How many times do you think those were filled? And they used to be rental tanks in a busy shop.
     
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  4. mikeycanuk

    mikeycanuk Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: GTA Ontario
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    Just got us 6 new steel tanks. Bigger upfront cost but a HP100 is almost the same size as an AL80, slightly heavier and much better buoyancy characteristics. No to mention they have 30% ( or more) air. Fills cost the same. Loading and unloading 6 tanks several times a day for 3 consecutive days is hard work though.
    Diving the the Caribbean is so easy!!


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  5. daniel f aleman

    daniel f aleman Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Austin, TX
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    Your tanks should last you many years with thousands of fills. But, do not allow them to corrode, pay attention to prevent water entering them. Get them visually inspected yearly (you can take a short course to learn how to inspect them yourself). Tank maintenance is a small world unto itself, have fun learning about them. A detailed website to look through: Home Page
     
  6. Dr. Lecter

    Dr. Lecter Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC/Honolulu
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    Until it tells you ':censored: you, I'm done!' by blowing up the shop and fill monkey(s). That's pretty rare, though, so basically infinite.
     
  7. pconsidine

    pconsidine ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Cornwall-on-Hudson. New York
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    My short visual inspection class for Tdi/Sdi was 2 full day- 16 hours of hands on training.
     
  8. flots am

    flots am Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Wherever you go in life, that's where you are.
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    Our shop has a steel tank from before WW-II and it still passes hydro and VIP.

    If you take care of it, a steel tank will last as long as you want it to. AL tanks don't seem to hold up as well, but that might just be because they're softer metal and don't handle abuse as well.

    flots.
     
  9. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
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    I'm still using steel tanks from the 60's and 70's. I did have to retire my 1st steel tank that was my only tank for many years and was the work horse so it had many, many fills (thousands). Most tanks dive longer than most people do.
     
  10. heafhunter21c

    heafhunter21c Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Summer Shade KY
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    My al80's are from the late 1990's. But we have some oxygen tanks at work that were made around 1907 and they still pass hydro.
     

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