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Old 09-13-2015, 03:17 PM   #15
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I bought new valves and had them replaced then recertified at the "LP" dealer. one of the valves tore threads as it came out. LP dealer tried to remove the valve while there was still LP in tank.... I have a friend who is an 'experienced(old) plumber, former Navy Boiler operator... and he fixed the threads and installed new.. no problem..

Our 'new' LP hoses have a 'check valve' built in keeping LP from leaking out of the hose...
I don't mean to sound negative, but you should not trust a check valve to do the job of a standard valve.
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I don't mean to sound negative, but you should not trust a check valve to do the job of a standard valve.
Thanks! Sorry, I may not have been clear. The "valves" I installed ARE the current technology. I appreciate keeping a watchful eye!
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Propane tanks are only certified for 12 years after manufacture. You can have them re-certified, but the certification only last 5 years (wash, rinse, repeat). . .
I tried this at a Full Service Propane Distributor on a recent trip. He didn't have any problem refilling an expired 20# tank. I think he was more concerned that I asked him to check the date stamp.
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I tried this at a Full Service Propane Distributor on a recent trip. He didn't have any problem refilling an expired 20# tank. I think he was more concerned that I asked him to check the date stamp.
I got away with out dated tanks till the o-rings failed! There are some park personnel that think they are prison guards and we are all inmates! They're the ones that tell you "ah ah ah..." bad boy, you're tanks are out of date! It's bathroom detail for you, no propane and NO SOUP! So upon arrival at the new campground I filled up...
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"inspection" was basically visual for us, then stamped with a new date...

I was at a Florida campground where a member of the Military showed up with a 'rental' SOB from their 'base recreation' department. The thing was spewing LP gas! I helped disconnect the tank and we hauled it off into the surrounding woods where the prevailing wind could dissipate the gas..

When we contacted the 'keepers' at the park about that, they did not know what the proper procedure was ....

Not trying to derail the thread.... but, anyone have other 'suggestions' other than abandoning the area and letting it blow?

We tried several things to 'shut down' the flow, but it seemed the 'relief' in the valve was not sealable...
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Had to deal with a leaker in a Scout Camporee. Get it well clear of any ignition sources, and let it dissipate is the only safe way. Remember that propane is heavier than air and will pool and flow to low spots. Ignition will flash back, so stay well clear of the area.


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When I changed the OPD, I loosened the valve took it down to the beach, in front of a 15' sea-wall, took the valve off and let it boil dry, gauge read empty but there was about a quart left, took about 15min, with a stiff lake breeze.

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