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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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HOLY %$%^#%!!! CO2 Safety Valve Just Blew

Wow, I just got scared out of my shoes.

I refilled my 5lb Co2 tank a few hours ago and had it sitting in my kitchen to get up to room temp (not in the sunlight/near heat etc.) and it blew with no warning.

The fill station actually under filled it at 3lbs but the valve still blew... Not sure why it happened.

Can I replace the valve or do I have to buy a whole new tank?

For a second there I thought there was a missile attack launched from my kitchen... Never heard a sound like that before, and my cat refuses to come out from under the bed.
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Did you get it refilled or swapped? It shouldn't be happening if the tank has been tested. Obviously, you should return the tank if you swapped it.


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It was just a refill, either the 3rd or 4th time I have filled this tank. Bought it brand new from GLA... I'll probably reach out to Orlando, but does anyone know if I have to replace the whole tank?

Heart rate finally slowing down...
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It was just a refill, either the 3rd or 4th time I have filled this tank. Bought it brand new from GLA... I'll probably reach out to Orlando, but does anyone know if I have to replace the whole tank?

Heart rate finally slowing down...

I would probably contact GLA to see if you can get a replacement. I don't believe this is something you should do it yourself. That's just me. Or you can take a trip to Liberty Gas in Brooklyn to see if they would swap a new tank for you. Of course, you have to pay for the CO2. Let them know there are some issues with the tank. Maybe they don't care and won't charge you extra. I am sure they know how to fix it.


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You don't need a new tank it just needs a new burst disc installed. If there is somebody local that hydrotests co2 tanks they should be able to replace it. I dont like trade ins because you never know how somebody else treats there stuff. If you know a tank was just tested and has a new burst disc installed then where can you go wrong.
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You don't need a new tank it just needs a new burst disc installed. If there is somebody local that hydrotests co2 tanks they should be able to replace it. I dont like trade ins because you never know how somebody else treats there stuff. If you know a tank was just tested and has a new burst disc installed then where can you go wrong.

Swapping is not bad. These welding business has to be reliable. They can't sell you a broken tank because it can be dangerous. Treating their stuff? Well, is a CO2 tank. How are you supposed to treat it? Throw it around? Hitting it with a hammer? Of course not. Why would anyone do that to their CO2 tank???


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I had a paintball bottle safety valve go on me in the back of my car ....scary stuff .

Should be a free valve fitted and a refill for you .

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Thanks all for the input. The shop I got it filled at is a combination paintball/scuba shop (Stingray Ops). Not too sure they would be able to fix the burst disc so will probably end up at Liberty for a fix.
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Where do you get your tank filled in NY?
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Thanks all for the input. The shop I got it filled at is a combination paintball/scuba shop (Stingray Ops). Not too sure they would be able to fix the burst disc so will probably end up at Liberty for a fix.
Stingray?? I used them few times when I was using paintball CO2. $6 per lb. Get it refill or swapped from a gas welding store. Liberty Gas charges about $25 for my 10lb swap. Initially I thought it was too much from my usual place ($18), Clinton Welding in LI. I like the fact that Liberty Gas actually "overfills" the tank a bit. It gives me an extra 2 weeks or so of CO2.


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Where is the safety disc typically located?

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It's (1/4" NPT?) brass fitting directly opposite the outflow. If you have the part, takes 2-3 mins to swap it out.

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Remember that if you do swaps, you can always start going to a refill place if you find that you really love your new (swapped) cylinder
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