guys, check that hydro date on your paintball tank, because your
Fiber wrapped HPa Nitro/air Tank and special 3HT steel
bottles must be hydro tested every 3* years and that 3AA Steel
or 3AL Aluminum bottle must be hydrotested every 5 years.
It's one of those DOT (Department of Transportation) Requirements. Hydrotest, hydrotester, hydrotest.
that's the bad news. The good news is, just send it to
HydroSmith at our Hydro Lab and we will hydrotest the bottle, give it a good visual
inspection, put on a small and attractive HYDRO sticker verifying it has been recertified
and have it in the UPS Van within 24 hours of
delivery. Return shipping, is just $5.95 any where in the US.
All this will meet DOT requirements
for hydrotest certification and get you back on the field.
- The other good news is we like paintball tanks at the HydroLab.
That means that your bottle won't
get lost, damaged and or regulator marred. But the best news
is that 99.9% of all paintball bottles pass the
hydrotest. Why? because you guys take great care of your bottles, unlike the SCUBA guys
and the fire department guys, so keep it up folks (yes, we test SCUBA and
Fire Department bottles too).
Get the Bottle Tested ..........Follow
these 5 easy steps
Name on Tank :
with your full name (tape and/or magic marker)
|2. No Pressure in tank:
all PRESSURE from
the tank. It's a must.
|3. Remove Regulator
Remove and keep the valve/regulator, Tape over the open end.
or better yet
Have us remove valve/regulator (extra $5.00)
Don't take the chance of damaging your regulator or tank
We use custom tools for damage free removal
|4. Fill Out Info Sheet:
|5. Ship to HydroLab:
5000 Burwell st,
Bremerton, WA. 98312
You re-attach regulator,
We will re-attach your regulator for $5.00. You will get a new O-ring, cleaned
threads, proper application of Loctite and torque..
PLAY IT SAFE, let HydroLab Re-Attach.
- Turn Around time: We will test and return the bottle to
you within 24 hours of receiving
it, bottles received on Friday will usually go out on Friday. You can usually plan on
getting a one
week turn around "door to door" or faster. Anywhere in the USA. If you want it
quick, check the
"second day air" and get it quick.
- We repair scratched, dented and
dinged bottles. If we cannot repair the bottle to pass a
hydro, we don't charge you for either the repair or hydro. Just
the $6.00 return shipping charge.
Call first for advice. The Hydrolab loves to talk to any player in the US and Canada. All
are $5.00. Aluminum bottles are never repaired... sorry. Just the HPA fiber wrapped.
and Replacing the regulator. One of the biggest reasons
failed is from the improper application of locktite subsequent thread damage. Know what
the manufacturer requires for your cylinder/regulator combination. Also know how much
required for your set up (not very much). Never use a strap wrench on the bottle and never
vise grips on the regulator. Yes, removal and replacement of the regulator very often
Anything over 300psi is high pressure!...
always treat it with respect
Testing Cycle: 3 or 5 year?Some newer Fiber Wrapped
cylinders now have a 5 year
test cycle. Drop us a note, we will check the DOT letters for you. We will need the
and the "E" number. Click here to go to "how to read fiber wrapped
bottles. We are happy to
figure out the test cycle for you. Send a note with the "E-........." number and
the original test date to Tank
Test Cycle Check.
Pressure Air: Sometimes called Nitro tanks (nitrogen or air). Peak tank pressure is
3000 psi and 4500 psi. They can be steel, aluminum and aluminum/fiber wrapped.
- Fiber wrapped: These
bottles usually need to be tested every 3 years. The Newer ones may be
tested every 5 years. They have a 15 year life. Drop us a
note if you are unsure at Tank
Test Cycle Check.
- Steel and Aluminum: Most Need to be tested every 5 years and have a
unlimited life. However
steel bottles that have 3HT stamped on them, should be tested at least every 3 years and
a life span of 24 years.
- CO2 tanks: 2 inches or less in diameter do not need
to be tested. They usually have a 1800 psi limit. Greater than 2 inches in diameter
or greater must be tested every 5 years. These bottles are
not fiber wrapped. These are considered high pressure too.
Proper care of your bottle includes
impact prevention, never over fill beyond the certified pressure, inspect each time you
fill and have a airsmith or hydro station to do a professional visual inspection inside
and outside annually (the scuba guys have been doing this for 40 years). Always play
Industries A great place to learn how to read the tag
on the fiber wrapped bottle, and a
whole lot of general information on paintball tanks.
- Luxfer Cylinders: Lots of great info on Luxfer
- Visual Inspection
Procedures (VIP) PSI Bill High's training program
for inspecting HP cylinders.
All Paintball store, parks and fill stations should endorse there
to read Aluminum Tank Markings This is a great site
to learn how to read tank markings on
steel and aluminum bottles. These guys play battle ship,
and love blowing up each others rc model boats.
- MRPL Maine Recreational
Paintball League. Suggested Refill Safety. These guys run a great
program and give some great advice.
- Hydrotester.com Home of
- How we
test paintball cylinders
- Firehydro.com Our SCBA Testing
FYI: Exemption Numbers That number on your tank that starts
with "E-" doesn't mean the bottle is exempt from testing,
it means the manufacturer is required to have a current authorization
on file with the DOT. These letters describe what requirements
the DOT and the manufacturers have placed on the bottle's use,
the testing requirements and other important information.
We have seen some stores and paintball web sites say that they
(the exempt bottles) are exempt from testing, they
are not exempt from testing, all "E" bottles must
be tested (requalified).
Who We are:
5000 Burwell st.
Bremerton, WA. 98312
Operated by Yodaworks, Inc. HydroLab is a D.B.A (Doing Business As.). HydroLab is a DOT
Hydrotesting facility in the Seattle/Washington State area. HydroLab specializes in
testing small bottles.
It is owned and operated by Geoff and Betsy Pentz. Our DOT re-qualification number is
D420. Some of
our customers include the Seattle fire dept, the US Navy, the US Coast Guard and 1000's of
Individual paintball and SCUBA Tank owners. We also provide wholesale services to many
paintball fields, shops
and airsmiths across the nation. "Established 1972"
www.sounddive.com, www.scubazone.com, www.sounddive.com/paintball_tank_testing.htm,
for all HPA Nitro/Air tanks
need to send financial Info Over the Internet
High Pressure Air (HPa)
Test every 3 or 5 years?
15 year life
contact us to know exact test cycle
HP/CO2 Aluminum Test Every 5 years
and 3HT Steel every 3 years (24 year life)
2 inches in diameter or less DO NOT have to be tested. Click here for DOT Regulations