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Old 04-20-2016, 12:23 PM   #29
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Propane is something you must never compromise with. A proper repair is always the order of the day. If you can't fix it properly, shut down propane at the tanks.

BTW - You got lucky with the patch job. Even a tiny leak could've caused an explosion.

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Old 04-20-2016, 12:32 PM   #30
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Gas line emergency repair.

Lol, luck had nothing to do with it.

It was reason applied to a practical end.

I found the leak initially after the damage because I smelled propane....

LPG is not a mystical element, it is just a matter of keeping it confined until it is properly consumed.


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Old 04-20-2016, 08:07 PM   #32
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You did great! There are ninies on her that think everything is dangerous. These are the same people that tow with a honda! What you did was improvise on the road with a low pressure gas line (after the regulator), that was probably stronger than the original copper. I don't know why people are more afraid of gas than they are of electricity! And you pressure tested it! No bubbles!
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:52 PM   #33
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[QUOTE=enived2;1779625]You did great! There are ninies on her that think everything is dangerous. These are the same people that tow with a honda!

I don't think you add value by calling those who take the time to give their opinion by calling them names and adding judgement

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Old 04-20-2016, 11:27 PM   #34
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Hi, other options would be to shut off the propane tanks, run the stove until it shuts off, and solder the hole in the copper tubing. Or; a short sheet metal screw with a dab of silicone/glue on it, screwed into the puncture hole.. Nothing wrong with making do with whatever you have to work with.


Maybe I shouldn't admit it, but I have changed many light switches and outlets, in my old house, without shutting off any circuit breakers.
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:59 AM   #35
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I found out tonight that I am an ENTJ personality, that might explain some of my rebellion toward conventionality...

Low pressure gas does not scare me much, and neither does 120v electricity, but man I hate being shocked...

I turn the power off before working on it. (Although I did find a live one when I was changing out all of my household electric sockets a while back... I misjudged the daisy chain..... )


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Old 04-21-2016, 02:51 AM   #36
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I was wiring new ceiling fixtures in the basement of our new house with the lights on. Of course I was using an aluminum ladder. One crimp fitting did not work as planned and I was bounced off the ladder by the 120Vac.

I was putting up the aluminum awning on our mobile home (in the Navy in 1967). I had a metal encased Sears power drill of the day with a three prong plug but the extension cord was two conductor. The concrete was damp. Pulled the trigger and could not let go. I spun around and my arm hit one of the awning uprights and the drill was knocked out of my hand. My wife asked why the funny face. I told her she was lucky I could answer the question now. I acquired a three conductor cord before continuing.
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:55 AM   #37
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I know it is wrong for me to laugh about that, getting shocked sucks, but I couldn't help it.

I remember my first shock at about three years old when I put my finger in a light socket.... I have had a few "buzzes" by household current since, and lots and lots of auto ignition shocks... I hate that feeling...


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Old 04-21-2016, 10:12 AM   #38
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Although I am sure it would never be recommended by any professional in the field, I likely would have done just as you did - as a temporary measure.

No doubt it would have lasted much much longer!

If memory serves, the standard pressure after the regulator is very low - measured normally in "Inches if water" using a manometer.

I believe the nominal pressure setting is around 11 inches water which is less than one half of one psi, so not a whole lot of stress on your patch job!

If my numbers are not correct I don't think they are far off!

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Old 04-21-2016, 05:37 PM   #39
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Not trying to hijack the thread but I have a hair raising Propane leak story for you...
Last October I had my 84 Excella 270 motorhome at a festival in NY. I was in a farm field and a old Travco motorhome settled in about 20' parallel to my rig.
The owner (who will remain anonymous) was an old friend and he just bought the Travco as his first motorhome. He barely had enough money to put gas in this thing, and he was planning on living in it at festivals in the North East, this was his maiden run.

We chatted for a bit and I went to bed that night and the next morning there was a lot of commotion outside.
I heard calls for fire extinguishers needed, so I got up to take a look and black smoke was coming from the Travco.
Everyone was out of the smoking Travco, and since I was only 20' away, I decided it was not a good place for my Airstream so I disconnected everything keeping me from moving and I pulled away from the problem.
Next I brought my 6 pound dry chem extinguisher to help. There was a pile of empty one pound extinguishers in front of the fridge compartment of the Travco. Someone came with a pry bar and pulled the fridge grill off and I used my 5 pounder to kill the bulk of the fire.

Fast forwarding to the cleanup;
The Travco mostly had smoke and dry chem powder residue, the guy made out fairly well, considering.

It turns out this is what happened: I guess the RV fridge died in his new wheels so they replaced it with a mini electric fridge. (Many of you can guess what comes next)
In the morning they wanted to cook some eggs on the RV stove, so he went out to turn on the propane tank and then went back inside to light the stove. Now you can picture a surprised Travco owner, as everything went POOF!
So, leaving out the remainder of the gritty details, he had a lesson that, if you do not plug the gas line that went to the old RV fridge before you turn on the gas and try and run other propane appliances, you may experience extreme embarrassment, or even death.
Fortunately it was only embarrassment and not death or total loss of his motorhome.
Just to be safe, I will not let him park near me again, and maybe I will upgrade to a 10 pound extinguisher, just in case?
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I had a semi truck catch on fire once due to improperly routed battery cables. It took a 2 1/2 pounder, two five pounders and half of a ten pounder to put it out.

I recommend a 5 pounder AT LEAST for any RV.


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Amen. And keep in mind that the best place to be fighting an RV Fire is from the outside. My use of the fire bottle on the inside is to get the family and dogs out as an escape only tool.

Don't be trying to save 'stuff'. Only lives matter, stuff does not. In case of fire, get out and stay out.


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