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Old 11-14-2009, 06:43 AM   #1
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got the fright of my life today

I was driving home from swapping over my co2 cylinder for a new full one. I stopped at a roundabout, waiting for the traffic to clear so I could go.

.......and as I'm waiting *BANG*. It was the loudest sound I have ever heard... The cylinder popped and depressurised gas sprewed into the car's cabin. I could feel the change in the air immediately.

Got myself and the cylinder out of the car and put it on the footpath. By now a queue of cars were behind me so I got the car out of the way. Cylinder stops expelling gas.

I drove home and (slightly embarrased to admit it now) burst into tears. I was so shaken up that Hubby had to drive us both back to the shop to show them the cylinder and tell them what had happened.

He said he'd never heard of that hapeening. He guessed the valve must have been faulty. the guy gave me a new cylinder and a credit for the next one.

Got home and poured myself a whiskey.

Seriously, the things I go through for this hobby.

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Old 11-14-2009, 08:08 AM   #2
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Got home and poured myself a whiskey.

Now THAT's my kinda girl !

Glad no one was hurt... and welcome back, not sure I've noticed you online since your trip to the states (or the post after you got back)

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Old 11-14-2009, 09:42 AM   #3
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yikes. lucky you werent killed and i hope nothing was damaged.
Nothing to be embarrassed about. you had it together long enough to be safe and get home. a lot of ppl would have just broke down on the side of the road. dont they go through testing to make sure the valves arent faulty?
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:35 AM   #4
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is this the same cylinder you have had hooked up and having problems with? wonder if that explains the issue with your co2 emptying too fast? glad you werent hurt or actually driving when that happend

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Old 11-14-2009, 10:45 AM   #5
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Really glad you werent hurt. Nothing at all to be embarassed about.

A note on Co2 saftey, I use to work where we euthanized animals wth this gas. It would take upwards of 30 minutes for the gas to fill your car and the cylinder that your have (you didn't mention the size) probably is enough to just make you dizzy and nauseous. The gas is usuallly very cold when it comes out at high speeds and is heavier than o2. You are very lucky that the cylinder didn't project itself through your car and injur you or break a window. If the shop didn't do it already, have your cylinder pressure tested and certified, and after they refill the cylinder for you, ask them if they checked everything. If it was only the valve, the shop is liable for faulty service, they are supposed to check these things when they fill them.

Congrats on getting a new cylinder and free refill on it
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:48 AM   #6
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Wow, I would have been just as shaken up....glad everything worked out ok...maybe make hubby go get the next one??
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Man....I would have been scared too! The place I exchange my co2 cylinders at has signs up saying they won't load full tanks in an enclosed car. I drive a car and while my dad has a truck, he isn't home when I need my cylinder refilled. So usually, they do load it into my trunk after I sign my life away in a waiver. They give me a speech every time I go about it being dangerous...and while I know they have to and that it is dangerous, I hate hearing the same speech every time!

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Glad your ok.
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Old 11-14-2009, 04:21 PM   #9
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Wow, glad to hear no one was hurt. I'm sure you will be a little timid towards any tank from now on. I guess you can look at it like what are the odds of that happening twice to the same person.
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Maybe this explains the co2 problems! Glad u are ok. You have really been thru the ringer on what should be an easy addition to your planted tank!

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