depending on the age of the vessel..I have welded many "vibration" cracks in compressor tanks. Just clean the area...stop drill it and tig it. But, if the tank is an older tank, as has been brought out, there more than likely are other stress cracks that cannot be detected and in such case the tank should be replaced.
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01-28-2009, 05:06 AM #21
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01-29-2009, 06:44 PM #22Senior Member
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Im my experience, linear cracks develop on old tanks, probably due to the expansion and contraction of the tank on a daily basis when in operation. Old tanks are out of the question, and I wouldnt even attempt it, but I would weld cracked new tanks all day long!
01-29-2009, 10:23 PM #23
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01-08-2010, 01:29 AM #24Member
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This thread makes me rethink my homemade sandblaster made from an old semi-rusty propane tank.
01-08-2010, 04:01 AM #25
How much pressure is going to be in your's ?
I Don't think I would worry about it !
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01-08-2010, 05:46 PM #26
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Kind of off topic, but tanks and explosions made me think of an item in the news just the other day.
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02-24-2010, 03:48 AM #28Senior Member
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Don't do it!
You are correct to have dirtied your shorts and ceased operation. The most dangerous thing in the world is people that base saftey on the fact that they have never seen something happen. I used to be an air compressor technician for a living. I don't have the pictures to show it but have seen the results of a ruptured tank; It was a mobile unit in the bed of a 3/4 ton truck. The failure destroyed the truck. just for details a gasoline powered compressor has a control called a pilot valve that unloads the pump and controls the engine idler. Pilot valves fail all of the time; That's why there is saftey relief valve on the tank to prevent an over pressure situation. The saftey valve had failed, and to save a couple of bucks the owner installed a pipe plug in it's place. The pilot valve failed soon after and the compressor ran until the tank ruptured. Had the owner not been 300 ft. away using a paint gun he would be STONE COLD DEAD!!! Compressor tanks are assembled using submerged arc process at the factory and hydrotested at 1.5 times max working psi. You cannot duplicate these conditions; Scrap that tank and buy an new one. Remember 175 lbs is pounds per square inch. Multiply 175 by the number of square inches in your tank. Whole new respect!
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02-24-2010, 02:07 PM #30
Build a smoker or a grill, do not attempt to use it! I just scored a 30 gallon tank from work that started leaking, when we cut it open there was crud in the bottom almost 2 inches deep the entire length of the tank. It had been drained but the drain was off set from the middle and there was always water left in the tank.
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