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Prest-O-Lite Acetylene Tanks


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Hello All,<P>I was wondering how the DOT and others who regulate the transport of compressed flamable gases treat Pret-O-Lite acetylene tanks. Is the quantity of both acetylene and acetone in the tank so small that it is of no concern or should we all have hazardous material placards on trailers and cars.<P>Can the tanks even be filled without violating some law or regulation?<P>Acetylene reacts with copper and brass to form explosive salts. Can this occure in the normal lighting plumbing in the gas phase or is it only a concern in the liquid (or supercritical) phase.<BR>thanks,

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With regard to your 1st paragraph --- Dont ask, Don't tell. rolleyes.gif" border="0 If it's good enough for the US military, it ought to be good enough for the DOT. ~ hvs

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Acetylene tanks can be refilled, if they are not out of date. It is safe to assume that any tank that looks OK on our cars will be out of date, hence non-refillable. One might be tempted to cross connect to a modern full tank and perform a do-it-yourself refill. DO NOT DO SO. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Rather put your lovely empty nickel tank with the end gage on your running board or body side and hide a small MC tank under the seat and pipe to your lights for gas light parades. Tom Reese

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