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Need some advice on a out of date bottle

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by 1shot1kill, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. 1shot1kill

    1shot1kill Well-Known Member

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    Looking to buy a divers bottle

    last stamp date is 0801 - August 2001

    Can this bottle be tested and used

    I know that there is 5 years test on the bottle from that date

    So how does it fair being outside of that 5 years

    any info would be a greatly appreciated ,,
     
  2. larryking28

    larryking28 Busy Member

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    Personally I would walk away.
    By the time you buy the bottle (unless they are giving it away) and then have the test done you are probably half way towards buying a new one.
     
  3. RichieRich

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    If you are looking at buying a second hand bottle, don't buy it unless it's in test.

    If you buy it and it fails test, you will lose the bottle.
     
  4. jesim1

    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    A hydrostatic test is typically around £40ish due to it's age, and if it fails the bottle is destroyed. If this has only ever been used for surface use it will probably be fine, if it's been diving it may have had a lot more use and be more likely to fail.

    It's your call, but it's a gamble. Unless this is very cheap I'd leave it alone and pay more for one in test.

    James
     
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    has the the cylinder been tested before? I recently had a bottle that was 15 years old tested for the first time and it passed fine! Depends on how much it costs to buy and what condition/life it's had.
     
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    My 12 litre breathing air tank was out of date by approx. 1 year when I purchased it, its passed it's test no probs, has been re-painted in industrial gas grey and has a 10 year test on it now!

    Shame you are not more local, my tester only charges £13 for a 10 year test including a powder coat of the bottle, stickers and refills of as many tanks as you like.
     
  7. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Gonads, round hairy spherical objects, nuts!

    A hydro test should be in the region of £25-£35! It is round my way! Secondhand bottles can be safely bought out of test, if the bottle looks good outside and is for surface use only there is no reason why it should fail a test!
     
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    Thats cheap, could you give me info, mine was out of test last year.
    atb.
     
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    I just bought load of diving kit included 3 bottles for £150 retest is £25 per bottle 10 year test worth every penny. I will sell the other dive kit so make most of my money back one of the bottles is a dumpy 300 bar. Do it it's worth it
     
  12. 1shot1kill

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    Thanks for the reply guys , I'll be calling a few dive shops this morning , the bottle is bright blue , would it also have to be painted ? To conform with the new regulations , white and black , ?
     
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    out of test is usually ok, so long as it has not been stored empty with valve open.
    this can cause internal condensation/rust....while they can be blasted clean internally , this costs more and reduces wall thickness each time its done (which itself is a test/fail item).
    so less than 10yr old and out of test...odds in your favour....the older the bigger the gamble.
    HTH .
     
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    Is that right, a 10 year test, I've read its every 5 and dependant on what valve then some need 2 and half yearly visual. Is that Idtest.
    Cheers Ade
     
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    Thats right zug69. Surface use 5yr between hydrostatic tests, with a visual check at 2.5 yr....dive use full hydrostatic test every 2.5yr.
     
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    What's this 10 year thing then?
     
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    That must apply to industrial tanks that spend most of their life stationary.
     
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    I wonder if that's dry air then, does anyone know any more on this as that's a good saving on test costs.
     
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    No such thing as 10 year test for breathing air cylinders...would guess ( from grey colour) that its been classed as a nitrogen cylinder( inert gas) and not air( reactive gas- o2)..not up on test regs for non breathing air cylinders....
     
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    I have seen grey bottles for sale quite regularly
     

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