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Old 12-05-2017, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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can the fiber wrap be removed from HPA tanks?

Can the fiber wrap be removed from HPA tanks ( with a reasonable amount of effort) ?

Why would he want to do that? , you ask..

Scrap aluminum.

The local fire dept is replacing their air packs and have pallets of tanks up for auction.
If the wrap can be removed, we can turn in the aluminum for scrap metal.
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How well is the wrap adhered to the cylinder?
Will it peel off like a banana or peanut shell or will I be trying ( and cussing) as I scrape the tank clean?

I can drive over the tanks with a bull dozer if that's all it takes to separate the two pieces.
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Should come off like a peanut shell, I remember my dad doing something similar one time. He cut a line vertically all the way around the tank then whacked it with a mallet and the shell just separated for the most part. Pretty sure he used wire wheels for stubborn residue. It’s basically fiberglass resin and the tanks aren’t textured so it wasn’t a huge pain to do. I remember him cutting the bottoms off first so he knew how deep to go without putting any holes in the sides, which was important because they were used to make a big wind chime. It’s been 20 something years so don’t take it as gospel.
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If you have access to the appropriate equipment, burn them... The epoxy will break down, and the carbon fiber/fiberglass will be easy to remove. One serious point... *TOXIC FUMES* epoxy breaks down into some nasty stuff, so make *ABSOLUTELY SURE* you have the correct equipment to handle the fumes and protect yourself. Please do *NOT* dump that crap into the air without proper processing.

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Old 12-06-2017, 10:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would take a look at scrap prices vs the labor it will take to get that off. Scrap, in general, is down right now.

My suggestion would be along the lines of what Ty is saying, except put them in a cauldron that you can melt the Al in, the other stuff will come to the top as slag.
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punkcat probably has an even better idea... Just remember... That is a lot of energy used, and the fumes are toxic as all get out.

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Time put into it would not be worth what you would get out of it. Unless you have nothing better to do.
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I may have to cut one of my 68/45 's open to find out the difficulty level.

The auction is for 400 tanks and its a long winter here in the NE.
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As a scrapper I'd go for it but I like finding excuses to keep my hands busy when it's cold.
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