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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-05-2017, 04:43 PM
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" I know you have to have them recharged occasionally" !!!!!

Good luck with that-- I tried recently to get some recharged with no joy.

NO professional company would do it to plastic handle units
& it was cost prohibited to recharge metal handle ones.

Checked with the local fire department & nobody does it. Used to be that firemen did it as a side job--no more---to much equipment is involved. So they say.

Then it became an issue to properly dispose of old units that were still showing a charge.-Don't throw them into the garbage truck. When crushed they can explode.

So I tried the town.The town clerks drew a blank--- had to get the county involved to lean on the town to take them .

so again --good luck
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They can be easy to dispose of. Tip the extinguisher upside down, pull the handle, discharge all the propellant. When the pressure is gone, it is no longer a pressure vessel and is safe to toss. The plastic nozzle unscrews and you can even recycle the metal. Or discharge the contents into a garbage can (wear breathing protection and do this outside!) It's always good to think of the waste management folks when disposing of potential hazardous materials! When I taught a lot of fire extinguisher classes for businesses, they would use their outdated extinguishers to do live fire training, which is a great way to use up the extinguisher before it needs to go in for it's 6 year/12 year service. A lot of businesses have an OSHA requirement for fire extinguisher training, and there's nothing better than pulling the pin and extinguishing a real fire!

Fire extinguishers used in a commercial application/business have to be discharged every 6 years and checked/refilled/resealed. After 12 years, the extinguisher has to be hydro-tested. That only makes sense if the extinguisher was a good one in the first place. Here, it's about $15 bucks to refill a 5 lb extinguisher. That same extinguisher new costs between $50-75 bucks, so it makes sense to get them serviced after use.

CO2 extinguishers have to be hydro-tested every 5 years for steel bottles (same as SCBA) as the bottles are rated to about 1800 psi.

My fire dept. used to refill extinguishers for the public many years ago, but because of the liability and the change in rules that requires much more extensive testing of the extinguisher, we quit doing it. The equipment isn't cheap, that's for sure! Plus, our department did not want to be considered to be in competition with a private business that was trying to make a living.

Extinguisher places won't take the plastic nozzle ones after discharge because there's almost a 100% chance the extinguisher won't seal after it's refilled. They really are junk.
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Originally Posted by harrysin View Post
Talking of extinguishers, When I was serving my two years in the RAF one of the lads emptied the contents of one of the extinguishers, the type filled with Carbon Tetrachloride, and filled it with petrol to light the barracks stove!!!! I survived.
Our Navy sailors were notorious for using extinguishers for cooling beer really fast ( until the CO stepped in and spoiled the fun)
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That would be the CO2 extinguishers... sure makes a REALLY loud noise when you try to do that...
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Thanks for the notice... I have extinguishers on every floor of the house and one in the shop as well... Good news is that I am unaffected. Some of my units are over 20years old. I wonder how long a shelf life these things have... OK needs some research

"I know well that it is not the custom to do it this way, but we must never attach ourselves to ancient customs when you find ways of doing things better."
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