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Old 2019-12-02, 2:11pm
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Default Oxygen tank sound?

NOobie question here. I just got my oxygen tank refillled and was about to start up the torch but can hear a tiny hissing sound as if I can hear the oxygen leaving the tank. i checked it for a leak and it doesnt appear to be leaking. Is this normal to hear from a full tank and I just haven't noticed it before?
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Old 2019-12-04, 1:09am
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I don't think that is normal.

I have been told that oxygen tanks have seals on the valve stem that you open to get the oxygen to flow.

The seals are on the top and the bottom so you have to open them all the way until it won't open anymore or close them all the way closed.

Other wise you will get oxygen leaking out around the stem.

Use a spray bottle with slightly soapy water to find the source of your leak.
Spray everything until you find the bubbles.

I have heard of people loosing a whole tank because they did not run the valve all the way to the fully open position.

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