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  • Too much air in tube YIKES!!!

    My air checker was doing this tube today and has his regulator was set too high.

    Sounded like a bomb going off, I have seen alot of tubes blow up over the years but this one was the worst by far.

    He was checking the bottom of the tube when it went so he is okay, just a little bit jumpy now.

    And of coarse it was an elliptical because they take the longest to build and are behind.

    So if anyone ever talks about putting air in there tubes show them this, it was probably 10-12 psi did this, they are made to hold pressure from the outside in not the other way around.
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    GO IRISH!!!!

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    Wow! What happens to that tube now?

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    • #3
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      If I was putting air in tubes I think I would want some sort of pop off in the line.

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      • #4
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        Thank goodness no one was hurt. That would scare me slap to death!

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        • #5
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          ahhh..a little hammering and sweat I think it can be welded back together..

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          • #6
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            This should be posted as a sticky at the top of the PONTOON forum. The poster stated that a pressure regulator was installed in the line. It was simply set too high. That said -- in most manufacturing settings, things that present opportunity for human error are eliminated by having a non-adjustable fixture installed as would be the case here. A fixed pressure regulator would not have allowed an incorrect amount of pressure in the tube. All hindsight of course.

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            • #7
              Re: Too much air in tube YIKES!!!

              Wow, I have never even heard of that happening. Probably more than a few bucks there in scrap aluminum though.
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              • #8
                Re: Too much air in tube YIKES!!!

                I will look into a fixxed regulator but I have never heard of one that is set to 8 psi

                This only happens once in a great while and rarely as dramatic as this so it really isn't too big of a problem.

                We get asked all the time to weld air fittings on the tubes so people can put air in them and increase the flotation, this of coarse doesn't work.

                And yes this tube will be put in the scrap pile, on a good week we only scrap 1 tube on a bad week more than that, keep in mind at any given time I have 30 to 40 tubes in my building so it pretty easy to dent them although they are usually wrecked next door in the main building moving boats around, a 25'er takes up alot of space ya know.

                Just though I would show people what can happen when you get a little too much air in a tube.
                GO IRISH!!!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Too much air in tube YIKES!!!

                  Okay, I am more than confused.

                  Why would anyone put air pressure a 'toon tube? Doing a leak test?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Too much air in tube YIKES!!!

                    I work in the weld shop for Bennington and that is how we check for leaks, air and some soapy water.

                    Also the pressure finds problems like in the picture, if a tube can't take air pressure I don't want them in the field.
                    GO IRISH!!!!

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                    • #11
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                      Nice, I would not want any air pressure inside my toons....

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                      • #12
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                        Wow! Thanks for sharing...I have seen a lot of stuff about leak testing toons on the internet but most people don't realize the amount of pressure that they will handle. Glad no one was hurt!

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                          Wow, we just leak checked a toon on a shrimp boat last week to find a leak.

                          After patching it, it held 60 psi no problem and it's one old toon that never leaves the saltwater.

                          10 psi and your weld blew apart!

                          I just keep thinking I have retype that last line, cause you have to be kidding.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Too much air in tube YIKES!!!

                            I would say you are VERY fortunate it didn't blow.

                            60 psi would have really gotten someone hurt.

                            This tube had the top seam way off center which caused it to go but we have made 10,000s of tubes that don't blow, it is very rare.

                            As I said, this one had a defect and it didn't make it into the field so everything worked like it should.
                            GO IRISH!!!!

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                              Re: Too much air in tube YIKES!!!

                              Oh sure now in hind site we're figuring that we probably shouldn't have gone anywhere near that high. Maybe if I read your post I would have thought about it more. Guess that's what's so cool about this forum huh.

                              I knew there had to be something screwed up with that one cause it really came apart.
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