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dangers of a pressurized gas cylinder

>Excuse me, but I worked with pressurized gas cylinders for 12 years in the
>military.  They pounded every safety rule there ever was into our head from
>"duck when the enemy is firing" to "keep your thumb out from under a moving
>hammer".  They never mentioned to the best of my knowledge any danger
>associated with horizontal storage except the possibility of it launching
>itself when you break the valve off.  If it is stored safely in the tank
>cabinet, what is the likelyhood of that?  Is there some other problem you are
>refering to?

I have been told that the regulators used for CO2 tanks are not meant to
handle liquid, only gas.  When a cylinder is on its side (unless it is less
than half full) the liquid CO2 is going to get into the regulator.  Is this
not correct?

Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Association