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Old 10-19-2007, 01:36 PM   #15
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Where can I get the valves changed. I have a LP company close to me...would that be O.K..or...is this something that I can do myself?
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:54 PM   #16
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Where can I get the valves changed. I have a LP company close to me...would that be O.K..or...is this something that I can do myself?
I would have it done, only costs a few bucks and they have the tools. Make sure you get the correct valve. The one for an aluminum tank is different then a steel tank (I think).
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Old 10-21-2007, 03:45 AM   #17
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Try a service cooperative

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Where can I get the valves changed. I have a LP company close to me...would that be O.K..or...is this something that I can do myself?
When I had mine done I went to a local cooperative. They had the special wrench (I tried to get the valve out with a buddy & we bent a 1 inch iron pipe like it was a pretzel). They only charged me for the refill, as I already had the valves.

Contact some of the larger coops that also do heating work, you will find someone that will change the valves & cert the tank for you. A few phone calls should do it.

In my area it was a former CENEX that had just left the franchise.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:47 PM   #18
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Hey Richard, I am starting my polish job tomorrow, any tricks I can use? Did you sand them or compound?
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I have dual 40# tanks on my Ambassador, but I am looking for 30# tanks. If anyone would like to upgrade from 30# to 40# tanks PM me.

By the way Melody, Shari, Richard...that is fantastic work!

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Mine were new and needed a little sanding especially where it had some weld splatter. I used very fine #400 & #600 wet paper. I then used a liquid polish from Lowe's that is used to shine up PU truck tool boxes called Truck Box polish. I also bought a bunch of work towels at Costco to polish with. You are going to use a bunch of towels. All of oxidation will come off black.

One thing that helped me was I built a stand out of scrap wood and some carpet and clamped it to a work bench. I think this made it a lot easier.

Gracie in the picture was no help at all, but she is cute...
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Very nice work. I bought 500, 1000 and 1200 grit wet/dry so I will start with that. Also, I am going to the restoration rally and was wondering if I could hook up with you or Brad prior for a check because this will be my first trip ever as an adult. My A/S is at 14th st and Dunlap, would you or Brad be closer?
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We are about the same distance. I am at Central and Union Hills and Brad is near Greenway and 40th Ave. We can set something up next week after the Dead Horse Rally and Brad gets back from Hawaii.

I thought you were in Surprise???
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I am, but my inlaws are in Sunnyslope where I grew up and that is where I have to keep it due to HOA. I have to wait till my axles come in, should be in about 2 more week.
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Nobody in NM has ever mentioned a need to have my tanks "recertified". Could this be a state reg that varies from state to state?
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Tank inspection is a Federal Mandate. Here is a brief description of how it works.
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Cylinders are subject to recertification (also known as requalification) twelve years from their date of manufacture and every five years after that. For example, a cylinder manufactured in January of 2000 will have to be recertified in January of 2012 meaning if you take your bottle to the propane company in April of 2012 to be refilled, it will have to be requalified by authorized personnel before it can be filled. The recertification process is simple and does not take too long to complete. Think of cylinder recertification as an inspection similar to that of your car. A vehicle has to be inspected annually so that it may continue to operate safely on the road. Similarly, a propane cylinder must be inspected so that it may continue to operate safely in LP Gas service.
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Nobody in NM has ever mentioned a need to have my tanks "recertified". Could this be a state reg that varies from state to state?
Nope, Federal since we all drive on Interstate Highways.
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Nope, Federal since we all drive on Interstate Highways.
Might as well be. In truth, the recommendations are written by the National Fire Protection Assocation, which puts out a manual covering all aspects of propane safety. The latest version is NFPA 58, with the next major revicion cycle scheduled for 2010. (This is not casual reading material!) The various states generally accept all or most parts of whatever the NFPA recommends, subject to their own revisions, additional recommendations, and so forth. In general, though, if it's in the NFPA manual, it's national, including especially the parts about recertification of and OPDs on DOT cylinders (e.g., the vertical bottles on RVs, barbeques, and the like).


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Nope, Federal since we all drive on Interstate Highways.
I have had 3 or 4 70s vintage tanks changed to OPD valves. Maybe they were recertified as a matter of course. Never had anybody balk at refilling. Are recertified tanks restamped? How can I tell if they are recertified?

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