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Test date on dive bottle ?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Hoodster, May 27, 2014.

  1. Hoodster

    Hoodster Engaging Member

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    I can only find one date on my bottle 2012/13 is that the date the test started date of manufacture ?

    And if so how much test does my bottle have left ?

    Thx :)
     
  2. ratman60

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    take it to your nearest dive centre and let them look, i would say none
     
  3. Hoodster

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    l only got it the beginning of last year new so I would hope it isn't out of test yet :confused: how long a test does a bottle have ?
     
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    Depends on the type of bottle/valve setup.
     
  5. ratman60

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    ah ok so that is i would think manufacture and start date. i had a bottle tested march 2012 and states to re test after 5 years, yours early 2013 so just over 1 year 4 to go.
     
  6. Clubshot

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    Date on New Bottles is Manufacture - Test Date is from Manufacture - Not Sale

    If it can be used in Water - Din / A Clamp every Two years - Air Gun Head - can not be used in Water - Five years Test

    Price depends if done in House or sent away - From around £40.00 per test - including Fill.

    Retested Bottles are Stamped on bottle or plate attached to Air bottle -

    Steel Bottles - should last a Life Time plus - Laminated - Fibre Glass have a limited Life 5 - 15 years

    BOB/R
     
  7. oliver13

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    The date you quote has me puzzled, it should be year/month - any chance its something like 2012/12?
    Tyres are date marked with year/week, but I thought cylinders had to be year/month.
     
  8. ratman60

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    hello, i would suggest manufactured in 2012 tested and sold 2013 but then what do i know :rolleyes:
     
  9. stevemandm

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    usually, if it's only got 1 date on, that's the date of manufacture, and the retest is needed after 5 years. when it's retested, the old date is removed or crossed out, with the new date stamped on.
     
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    The date on the bottle was infact 2012/12 in my defence though the top of the bottle is painted black and it's flooded the stamp so it's barely visible but thanks for the help :)
     
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    No defence needed, sometime there's so much paint you cant read anything, let alone the date.

    OK, so if it's configured for diving, the 2.5 year test (thorough internal inspection, not hydrotest) is due in June 2015, if it's configured for surface use only then it's due a 5 year hydrotest in December '17.
    If it's got a gauge as an integral part of the cylinder valve then it's surface, but if the gauge a separate component it's classified as diving - even if it's never got wet in it's life...
     
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  12. stevemandm

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    as above, if it was bought from a rfd, and used solely for filling pcp`s, then it's due for test in December 2017, then 5 yrs after.
     
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    How does a Filling Station know it was Brought from a RFD ? and used soley for filling a PCP ?

    At My Local Dive Shop there is a Newish bottle that Blew up while being filled - As it had been used in Water and for diving
    And had had water inside the Tank -

    Hence the Safety Tests -

    BOB/R
     
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    A dive shop will judge it on whether it could be used for diving or not, & if it has a pressure gauge as integral part of the cylinder valve it will consider it surface use only.
    This is an integral pressure gauge in the cylinder valve: http://www.bestfittings.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=312
    This one is separate: http://www.bestfittings.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=162

    That's not completely satisfactory, the integral pressure gauge isn't very integral if you've got the right spanner, & anyway it won't stop you diving with it, it's just bad for the gauge. Also some places will fill cylinders whatever the situation because they know you, or don't know the rules, or don't care...
     
  15. stevemandm

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    I assumed that the rfd that you bought the cylinder from would fill it ... like ours. If they don't know you, it's up to you to answer truthfully that it's solely for pcp use (if they ask)
     

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