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Recertifying your propane tanks

March 29, 2010

Did you know that per DOT regulations, no individual is allowed to fill a cylinder that is overdue for periodic re-qualification with a hazardous material and then offer it for transportation?

More on filling tanks: during a visual inspection, a cylinder that  has any of the following characteristics cannot be filled and offered for transport

  • a crack or leak
  • bulging
  • a defective valve
  • a leaking or defective pressure relief device
  • evidence of physical abuse
  • fire or heat damage
  • detrimental rusting or corrosion

Back to re-certifying.  There is a stamped date on your tank, after 12 years you need to have your tanks re-certified in order to have them filled.  After this first recertification, it’s a 5 year period until your tanks require a visual inspection.  At this point, your propane tank is 17 years old…and it’s probably a good idea to buy a new one.

Roofmaster sells (and can re-certify) all types of propane tanks, from a 5 gallon (20 lb) up to a 25 gallon (100 lb).  We can also fill your propane tanks in our Monterey Park branch

Propane Tank tips

March 1, 2010

Have you ever had trouble filling your 5 Gal LPG Tank?

5 Gallon Propane Tank

5 Gallon Roofmaster Propane Tank

Before you bring it back thinking it’s defective, you may want to try this trick:

Place a 2×4 board on the ground, grab the handle of the tank, and smack the bottom of the tank against the board.  These 5 gallon tanks are shipped without any air, and sometimes the OPD valve accidentally closes shut.  Quickly banging the tank down can usually solve this problem.  If the tank continues to refuse to fill, then it’s time to bring it back (if it’s new….if your tank is over 90 days old, it’s no longer covered by the manufacturer’s warranty)


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