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two large water heaters

Lyle C
Lyle C Member Posts: 96
I found the local mover who moves the soda machines for the local vending machine co. He can move some of those behemoths faster, cleaner, and cheaper than I ever could. And he's insured it !!!


  • michael siena
    michael siena Member Posts: 53
    two large water heaters

    Help I have to demo two water heaters that have 3/8 in thick plate. I have been burning with a torch for a full day and i have one skined. am i on the correct path or not thanks to all who post
  • Dave Stroman
    Dave Stroman Member Posts: 765

    Might be your only choice unless you can rent a stair climber dolly and take them out in one piece.

    Dave in Denver
    Dave Stroman
  • tim smith
    tim smith Member Posts: 2,752
    Tank demo

    Make sure you are using a good demo tip on your torch, talk to your acetylene supply house regarding this. Also when you are cutting, hit the side of tank by cut every so often with a 5 lb sledge to break free old rust and build up so cut goes smooth. Good luck.
  • Brad White_172
    Brad White_172 Member Posts: 53
    Please Don't Forget

    your hot work permits and FP coverage... I just have to ask, even if so basic. I would hate to see you burn the place down and lose insurance coverage.

    One time I saw a contractor working in an old wood factory building where hot work was prohibited, removing a process tank. They bored perforation holes (coupon plugs) about two inches apart then attacked the remaining web with a pneumatic hammer. Sort of a large "tear on the dotted line". It took some time but had less overall pollution.

    There was a cemetery about a half-mile away. The residents called to complain that they were losing eternal sleep, so be warned :)
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,109
    Are they glass lined?

    if so they are a bear to cut up with a torch.

    Worse yet are galvanized tanks they emit a very toxic fume when cut with a torch. I'd highly advise against torch cutting that type of tank.

    If they went in in one piece, they should be able to come out in one piece?

    I'd agree with the above, sub the work out to professional equipment movers.

    On the plus side... scrap metal is at an all time high!

    hot rod
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • Larry C_5
    Larry C_5 Member Posts: 10
    Stainless tanks toxic fumes too?

    I remember seeing a recent OSHA discussion about reducing Chromium exposure limits. Is that an issue when doing a demo on stainless tanks?

    Larry C
  • burning

    I would hire a local rigging outfit. They have the equiptment and insurance foir that type of work. If you want todo it your self try and rent a plasma cutter, it might be a little faster. Maqke sure you have a fan to help ventilate the fumes.

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  • Dennis
    Dennis Member Posts: 101
    Free tank removal

    Before demo of any large object, list it on Ebay for $1. I got someone to remove a number 94 Weil Mclain for scrap, I did not hold him to the $1 he bid.

    On another note, a good stair climber costs $2500, well worth it. Your body will thank you.
    Just do it, right.
  • Larry (from OSHA)
    Larry (from OSHA) Member Posts: 717

    it can be. As with most things - it depends -

    Since the hex-chrome standard came out, we have been seeing a number of over exposures and stainless steel welding or cutting is one place this can occur.

    Appropriate training and PPE is something to contemplate before risking exposure to bad nasty stuff. (and hex-chrome is bad nasty stuff)

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