What do you do with old scuba tanks?

How do you dispose of old scuba tanks?

If you wish to dispose of your old scuba cylinder, The Dive Shop will do the dirty work for you. If you can’t or unable to drop it off at the store, call us so we can make arrangements to pick them up. Scuba cylinders just can’t be thrown away or put in your trash bin.

How much are old scuba tanks worth?

Scrap metal value of scuba tanks:

At current rates, scrap aluminum is worth about $0.75 per lb. So the current minimum value of an aluminum scuba tank (without the tank valve) is around $23. A standard steel 80 cu/ft tank weighs about 35 lbs empty. At current rates, scrap steel is worth about $0.17 per lb.

Are old scuba tanks good for anything?

Be Certain That the Tank Is Unusable

​Old tanks are not necessarily unusable as scuba equipment. If the tank’s hydrostatic test date is passed, send the tank in for testing. Steel tanks have a very long life and steel tanks from the 1950s can still be found in perfect working condition.

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Do scuba tanks expire?

In the US, the DOT (Department of Transportation) controls scuba cylinders. While wrong, many dive shops agree that a properly cared for aluminum tank has a service life of about 20 years. In reality, aluminum tanks by engineering can withstand the stress of 100000 refills or 10000 hydrostatic tests.

How often do scuba tanks need to be hydro tested?

Your Scuba Tanks need to have a Visual Inspection, “VIP”, done annually. They are going to need a HYDRO test completed every 5 years.

How much does it cost to recertify a scuba tank?

It’ll cost you around $40-50 to get them re-inspected/certified/filled, but new aluminum tanks w/valves will cost $170-180 these days.

How much does it cost to fill a scuba tank?

Did you know that there are many different grades of breathing air?

Standard Air SCUBA Cylinders Price
Standard Air Fill (Up To 3500 psi) $8.00
Tanks-A-Lot Fill Card (10 Air Fills*) $50.00
Visual Inspection (VIP/VCI) $20.00
Visual Inspection O2 Clean $25.00

What is better steel or aluminum scuba tanks?

Because steel is stronger and more ductile than aluminum, construction of a tank requires less steel than aluminum. This usually means that for an equal gas capacity, a steel tank will have a total weight less than an aluminum tank yet have better buoyancy characteristics.

How do I know if my scuba tank is good?

The permanent markings usually indicate the manufacturer, material used in the construction of the cylinder, the service pressure, cylinder serial number, size and the date of the cylinder’s most recent hydrostatic test. The hydro date determines if the tank is safe to fill and use.

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How much does it cost to hydrostatic test a scuba tank?

Federal Law requires a new hydrostatic test every five years for most SCUBA tanks. AHS will provide this service for $55 per tank and it includes the test, a visual inspection, and an air fill. Hydro with a Nitrox fill is $62. Please note that additional charges may apply if the valve requires cleaning or rebuild.

How long can you store a full scuba tank?

Do not store tanks that are full of air for prolonged periods of time (no more than 3 months. A tank should be stored with just enough pressure (200 psi) to keep moisture out.

How long does a scuba tank last at 47 meters?

At 47 meters even an experienced diver with a fantastic air consumption rate would quickly drain their scuba cylinder, probably in less than 20 minutes. An inexperienced diver swimming, talking and being harassed by sharks MIGHT make it five minutes at that depth.

Why are scuba tanks filled in water?

The reason why scuba tanks are filled in cold water is that a warm dive tank holds less air at a given pressure than a cool scuba tank does at the same pressure. This means that as the air inside the tank cools, the pressure of the air will decrease.

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