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Welding used gas tank

Postby Bmuxxx » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:40 pm

Hey guys, I have to weld a gas tank that has previously had gas in it. Just wondering how I should prep it so I can safely weld it. I remember from school I could clean it out and then Purge it with dry ice or argon. Just wondering if there's an easier or cheaper way? Thanks
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Re: Welding used gas tank

Postby cj737 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:42 pm

Detergent and water depending upon type of gas.
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Re: Welding used gas tank

Postby rick9345 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:19 pm

This topic just beat to death in other posts with every voodoo trick and no,no explained.

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Re: Welding used gas tank

Postby Poland308 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:14 pm

I purge propane and natural gas lines with nitrogen.
I have more questions than answers

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Re: Welding used gas tank

Postby cornmuse » Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:10 pm

Pour a cup of vinegar & half a box of baking soda in the tank, in a minute it'll be full of co2, put cap on loosely & rotate tank so liquid is not where you wanna weld. Rinse out the tank when you're done, , , ,
 
 
 
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Re: Welding used gas tank

Postby tweake » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:16 pm

cornmuse wrote:Pour a cup of vinegar & half a box of baking soda in the tank, in a minute it'll be full of co2, put cap on loosely & rotate tank so liquid is not where you wanna weld. Rinse out the tank when you're done, , , ,

i thought rick was kidding when he said "voodoo trick", apparently not !
its things like this that tend to cause problems. fine in theory but if there is fuel still in there and not enough co2, its boom time.
afaik the pro's fill the tanks with water. fuel is easy enough to wash out. filling it with water as much as possible will reduce air space and most important leave the cap off !
the pro's do this all the time so there must be a procedure around for it.
tweak it until it breaks
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Re: Welding used gas tank

Postby tungstendipper » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:36 pm

Bets? I'll bet this goes to 3 pages!
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Re: Welding used gas tank

Postby Turbo » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:40 pm

Bmuxxx wrote:I have to weld a gas tank that has previously had gas in it.


Umm... No you don't!

When all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail right. You didn't say what kind of tank it is, so I'll assume It's a very rusty automotive tank.

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Re: Welding used gas tank

Postby tweake » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:45 pm

tungstendipper wrote:Bets? I'll bet this goes to 3 pages!

o yeah.
this is a reason why
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic ... d=11938652
http://www.employmenow.co.nz/2017/11/27 ... od-enough/
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Re: Welding used gas tank

Postby sedanman » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:19 am

A few users ago I modified a motorcycle fuel tank. I drained the tank and removed the fuel pump. I let it air dry then took my hand-held leaf blower and set the tank on my lawn with the output of the blower running through the tank. I burned a whole tank of fuel on the blower. When I was done there was not a trace of fuel odor in the tank. It worked. Your mileage may vary.
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