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Scuba tank information

Discussion in 'Tanks, Valves and Bands' started by Alvin Slovinsky, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Alvin Slovinsky

    Alvin Slovinsky Nassau Grouper

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    If it’s painted over can I feel the stamp markings on it and then remove the paint to read it. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.
     
  2. swimlikethefish

    swimlikethefish Divemaster

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    I would not remove any paint. That is what protects it from corrosion. The stampings are difficult to see on painted tanks. Try a flashlight held at different angles to see if you can make out anything. Maybe some windex and a paper towel to clean the dirt off.

    The other option is to give me exact dimensions. Measure the height (floor to bottom of the valve where it meets the tank) and circumference. I could probably figure it out from that info.

    Also, if you turn it on its side and look at the bottom of the tank. Is it round or flat? I'm pretty certain you will see it is round. If so, it is definitely a steel tank.
     
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  3. diversteve

    diversteve always tired

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    An A in marker means nothing except someone wrote an A in marker on it.

    If you can get the boot off and it's a steel, check for rust. I doubt there will be any markings under it to make that worth a lot of effort.

    Thump it lightly with a wrench. Steels "ping", Al's have more of a flat sound - realize though that this is about as UN-scientific of a test as there is unless you have both next to each other.

    Read the linked post, it breaks down how to tell pretty clearly. Obviously if the other poster is right and it's a steel, it's a non-issue. My buddy dives old steels from the 70's and they work just fine.
     
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  4. diversteve

    diversteve always tired

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    This^^ is a definitive difference.
     
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  5. Alvin Slovinsky

    Alvin Slovinsky Nassau Grouper

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    I looked over the tank again and found this information stamped on it as well.
    DOT-SAA 2400- 89/ 9044 001 M8303 Faber Italy 07 89+ scubapro
     
  6. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

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    So it’s a Faber steel I believe. But the last hydro test was in 89?
     
  7. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    Thats the factory hydro, the pic in the first post shows the newer stamps, one looks like a 19+.


    Bob
     
  8. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

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    Send the serial number 89/ 9044 001 to Bud at Blue Steel who is the Faber importer for the USA: Blue Steel Scuba - Contact Us.

    You will get the specs but more importantly ask for the REE value so you can get the plus rating at the next equal (aka hydro).

    In the mean time what is the diameter, weight, and height?
     
  9. Alvin Slovinsky

    Alvin Slovinsky Nassau Grouper

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    I appreciate you help with this tank and the information you gave me it sure helped me out. I will contact the company as you suggested I will be taking it in for an inspection before using it hopefully my shop can do it or send it out. I’ll check diameter, weight, and height and get back to you with it. Thanks again
     
  10. Imla

    Imla Divemaster

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    Can you take some pictures of the tank neck?
     

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