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Old 12-15-2016, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil in HPA tank

HYPOTHETICALLY: What do you do with a tank that is confirmed to have oil in it?


I've accumulated a bunch of spare HPA tanks over the years (which is great, who doesn't love having a couple loaners), but this morning I started feeling paranoid.

I know better than to put oil in the fill nipple of my HPA tanks, but I can't speak for the people I bought these tanks from. Now I'm worried, am I lending out a potential bomb?

I've swapped regs and bottles before, so I'm planning to pull all these apart and see if there's any residue inside... but is that enough? And if I DO find anything suspicious, dare I try clean it, or do I just condemn the bottle and reg?

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Old 12-15-2016, 01:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Fill them till they leak. Fix the leak. Lather, rinse, repeat.
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Old 12-15-2016, 02:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have had a lot of tanks over the years, and have not had a problem. Most of them were bought used also. I have had to replace a burst disc on a c02 tank before though. If they were mine, I would not mess with them unless there was a problem.
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Old 12-15-2016, 03:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Fill them till they {explode}. Fix the {you're dead}. Lather, rinse, {still dead}.
The issue with all this, "use it until it's a problem"... is if there is THIS problem, then it's too late. Somebody gets hurt. I know the occurrences of injury/death via ruptured tanks is rare, the odds any of the tanks I bought have oil in them are low and I shouldn't worry about it... I also know I'd be devastated if my negligence caused the injury/death of a friend.

EDIT: The question here isn't "should I or shouldn't I check them." I'm going to, that's easy - whether or not anyone thinks it's worth while. I guess hypothetically I should have just asked:

"What do you do with a tank that is confirmed to have oil in it?"
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Old 12-15-2016, 04:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I usually do my own visual inspection of the reg and inside the tank with a light for abuse if I obtain a used tank (speaking of which, I have one I need to check!). 50% of the time the regs need a rebuild anyhoo.

If you have a tank confirmed to have oil in it, junk it! My health and those around me is worth more than saving $50-$200 on some gear. Gear is replaceable, I have trashed a few tanks in my time.
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Wondered the same myself. All of my CF HPA came to me used. It makes me a little nervous every time I fill them even though they've never blown up in the past - 4500 PSI is a ridiculous amount of potential energy. My hypothetical solution would probably be a half dozen rubbing alcohol rinses. My real life solution would more likely be to wimp out and scrap it. I have no wish to die for my fun.
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$13.00 + Time Spent Pulling the reg = peace of mind
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$13.00 + Time Spent Pulling the reg = peace of mind
Dang, those are cheap! I had no idea, would be handy for lots of stuff.
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Fill them till they leak. Fix the leak. Lather, rinse, repeat.
That is possibly the most irresponsible advice I've seen on this forum.



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That is possibly the most irresponsible advice I've seen on this forum.
It's not like it sounds, I changed the phrasing of the original post. Before, it was a vague "should I be paranoid about the safety of tanks acquired used." That is up to individual discretion, unlikely as it may be.

Now the discussion has swung in a different direction. Apologies to Coyote and Smokin Gunz for changing the context after you'd commented.
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