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Old 03-10-2012, 02:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I've talked to the local hydrotester before about paintball. He does scuba, fire, paintball, soda, etc. And he says that only paintballers treat their tanks well.

He rarely fails paintball tanks from the expansion test. However, he fails MANY tanks because they used loctite, and the threads were ruined when the valve was removed. Loctite is never supposed to be used becuase of that, and because it can make the tanks MORE likely to be rockets if it clogs the safety vent.

Personally, I've seen many co2 tank rockets. All back in the late 80s, early 90s. This was back before the valves had vents.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:14 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I've never seen one fail personally. At Wayne's World, there's a tank they had blown up on purpose to show what it would look like and to always be cautious when filling. My local Pro/ Scuba-shop does the following when filling:
  • Remove Cover
  • Visually Check Tank
  • Submerge tank in water and place into steel cylinder
  • Fill tank slowly and allow to cool. Repeat until full.
I always feel like I get a good fill there.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:38 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I wasn't there for it but we had it on the security cams.. We sent a tank to get hydro'ed and they may have messed up the threads.. well at 1000PSI the threads failed and launched the tank. Nobody was hurt and the wall had a comical Willie Coyote style tank shaped hole through it.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:15 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Pics of exploded tanks.

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Old 03-12-2012, 03:08 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Pretty sure hydro testing involves submerging the tank and overrunning it, and making sure it doesn't displace ANY amount of water due to change in shape or volume externally.

I've seen plenty of burst discs fail, regs and valves unthread and the tank starts leaking, I've seen pin valves fail in an ASA with no vent hole, so the tank kicks off the gun hard enough to bruise your ribs pretty badly. I've only seen video of the one time a tank failed at the field. It was in the proshop, so a security cam caught most of what happened. Guy was holding the tank and filling it, the the tank just disappeared and was bouncing around the shop so fast the camera couldn't record it, stuff was just getting dented and falling off the walls. When it stopped you could see the tank had failed at the neck and was peeled back like a banana (as others have described). The reg was still connected by the nipple to the fill station. Amazingly the employee was uninjured.
ugh as if I wasn't jumpy enough. I Disqualify tanks all the time from visual inspection.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:16 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Timmy: that incident was long ago before either of us were employed there, please don't reshare that story outside the semi-anonymity of the Internet.

Ta2maki: thanks for that vid, it cleared some stuff up for me and taught me even more.

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Old 03-13-2012, 09:03 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Oh bjezus....yeah, thank god those things are build to last. Besides the tanks being made out of fibre they usually put some extra 2-3 layers of special stuff to make sure it can hold stress. If that hapenned at the indoor paintball pace I play at you would get REALLY easily injured. But to answer, no I have not.
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Heard a steely split at wannaplay a couple years back. Tank itself failed. Man, that was loud.

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... Besides the tanks being made out of fibre they usually put some extra 2-3 layers of special stuff to make sure it can hold stress....
What's 'special stuff'? Unicorn hymen? Leprechaun pubes?
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