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Should I buy an old Aluminum 80?

Discussion in 'Tanks, Valves and Bands' started by DanSinks, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    Sell a tank! :eek:

    Never can tell when you might need it, you will have two old tanks.


    Bob
     
  2. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC Divemaster

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    If the sole impetus is to have a yellow tank, just rattle can it with some safety yellow krylon and be prepared to spooge it off before viz every year if your shop gets uppity about it being painted.....

    I'd rather have a tank with known pedigree and than old tank with unknown pedigree just for the paint job.
     
  3. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

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    Paint the newer tank yellow.
     
  4. DanSinks

    DanSinks Nassau Grouper

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    My primary dive shop owner said he will not fill a tank that has been painted, I guess they want to see if there are dents etc.
     
  5. DanSinks

    DanSinks Nassau Grouper

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    I've decided not to sell the 2014 AL 80, so now I have 5 AL80 tanks (two of which are old AL6351 and can't be filled) and one steel 72 that my father used in the 1960's(I used it once).

    It might be time to take the two AL6351 tanks to the scrap metal dealer, they probably are worth $15 each.
     
  6. noj3333

    noj3333 Solo Diver

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    Or make one in to a bell...
     
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  7. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    @DanSi
    It might be time to take the two AL6351 tanks to the scrap metal dealer, they probably are worth $15 each.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Where you reside it snows. sleets and RAINS
    Cut the top off and make a umbrella stand

    SDM
     
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  8. Same here, just feels wrong to sell any of my tanks, I consider them 'bottles of FUN' not just 'tanks'. :)
     
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  9. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    Or:
    Reg display
    Dog dish
    LP compressor air bank
    Storm wind chime
    BBQ
    Umbrella stand
    And so on...



    Bob
     
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  10. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich Solo Diver

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    There were a couple of instance a long time ago where people were painting tanks with a very hard durable paint, but part of the process was to bake on the paint. Metals (I think these were steel)lose much of their strength when exposed to high heat. The tanks failed in the filling stations and people did die.

    Most shops have no way of being sure how a tank was painted and blanket rules about over filling or painted tanks or what ever are their prerogative. The shop I go to won’t do cave fills because a burst disk failed and shot across the room like a bullet. Fortunately, it didn’t hit anyone, but judging from the damage it did, and the trajectory it would have been a fatal head shot. I don’t really need a cave fill that badly.
     

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