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Tank Hydro inspection

Post by LowDrag » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:02 pm

Does anybody know where to get tanks hydro'd in Portland? The shops around here are charging $40. I don't have any tanks yet but I would interesting in figuring this out.

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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by Nwbrewer » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:31 am

That's not that far out of line really. Is that just the hydro, or is that a vip and a fill too?
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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by LowDrag » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:00 am

Nwbrewer wrote:That's not that far out of line really. Is that just the hydro, or is that a vip and a fill too?


I don't know for sure. All I know for sure is that a shop told me they pay $5.00 per hydro and charge the customer $40 per hydro (I don't think he BS'ing me). I know one shop I used to go to charged for both the Hydro and VIP, I don't remember what they charged but it was upwards of $45-$50 per tank. I am all for a shop making a living but if I owned tanks, $35.00 would be a few air fills or a couple of Nitrox fills. Being as the facility for testing is right here in town and I can take a tank there myself then why wouldn't I?

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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by BillZ » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:56 am

Just for reference - Fire King, the place that does most of the hydros for dive shops here in Seattle, charges $30 per tank. Typically a dive shop will uplift that by $10.

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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by Nwbrewer » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:53 am

BillZ wrote:Just for reference - Fire King, the place that does most of the hydros for dive shops here in Seattle, charges $30 per tank. Typically a dive shop will uplift that by $10.


Everett Carbonics is $25, right in the ballpark.
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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by bradmond » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:28 am

And for $30 you get just the hydro, no vis or fill.

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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by lynchpit2 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:30 am

Search fire and safety in any market as most of them do hydro's.
In the Portland/Vancouver area they are usually $20 per tank walking in off the street. :neener:

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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by CaptnJack » Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:35 pm

lynchpit2 wrote:Search fire and safety in any market as most of them do hydro's.
In the Portland/Vancouver area they are usually $20 per tank walking in off the street. :neener:


Many fire extinguisher companies only do "low pressure" which doesn't mean 2400+ psi it means max 200 psi in DOT lingo.

Here's the list of DOT approved hydrotesters by state:
http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/portal/site/PH ... d07898RCRD

You can call any of the high pressure ones. BEWARE if they are not accustomed to the "roundout" procedure required by some galvanized and 3442 psi tanks they will probably fail and you'll be SOL. That $40 will look pretty cheap...

Best thing to do is find out where your shop takes them and then just bring them there yourself. I doubt its $5. You will need a shop visual, a new tank to valve-O-ring, and a fill afterwards.
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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by Nwcid » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:51 pm

Local place in Yakima that does all the fire department hydros charges $20, just to give you a reference on price.
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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by LowDrag » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:48 pm

Thanks everyone. I am starting to get the feeling the shop guy I was talking to was either misinformed by the shop owner or full of brown stuff... :rofl:

I will have to double check with the boss and see what's up.

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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by lynchpit2 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:10 am

US Cylinder in Vancouver, Sanderson Fire and Safety downtown Portland and United Fire and Safety on MLK will all do hydro's for $20 and are aware of the special procedures for galvanized tanks as well as checking the REE # to give a tank a + rating on the hydro.

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Re: Tank Hydro inspection

Post by LowDrag » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:33 am

lynchpit2 wrote:US Cylinder in Vancouver, Sanderson Fire and Safety downtown Portland and United Fire and Safety on MLK will all do hydro's for $20 and are aware of the special procedures for galvanized tanks as well as checking the REE # to give a tank a + rating on the hydro.


Good info thanks.

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