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Old 05-04-2015, 07:32 PM   #1
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Disconnecting & Disassembling 120lb Propane Tank


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We have a great big propane tank sitting in our back yard - it's designed to feed a pool heater that no longer functions and we'd rather just not have it. Is there any particular science to disconnecting this thing? I think the gauge says it's actually 65% full which makes it mildly valuable - although it's covered in rust which is mildly alarming.


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Mildly tap on the side of the gauge with a plastic screwdriver handle. If the gauge needle mildly bounces with authority and comes back to its original position we can be fairly certain it is correct.

The valve knob turned clockwise closes the supply. The hex tubing nut that connects the tubing to the valve probably has grooves cut into it. This means the threads are left hand.

The other round object next to the valve is the pressure relief valve that pops off in case of excess pressure. They usually just pop once with a sound of about five 10 gauge shot guns. At 65 percent that won't usually be a concern under normal temperatures a human can tolerate.

My advise is to call around to suppliers to see if any are interested in purchasing it. To be used it will probably need to be re-certified. There is internet information on certification.

Your second picture is the pressure regulator to the heater but I suspect you knew that.
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Typically these tanks are owned by the propane supplier. Call them and ask them to remove it. They should give credit for the propane.
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Typically these tanks are owned by the propane supplier. Call them and ask them to remove it. They should give credit for the propane.
Interesting. We've been here three years, it has no label, and there's no information about it. But thank you - I'll be calling the local supplier anyhow to see if they're interested.
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