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Metal safety plug is stripped and stuck in my 100 lb Propane tank. How to remove?

I have a 100 lb propane tank in a remote camp that was shipped out with a stripped safety (POL?) plug and the tool I have for removing it won't budge it. Someone has since tried to drill it out, but that has only done more damage. Anyone have suggestions on how to remove a stuck propane plug?

Please help! I am running out of propane, and this is our last full tank.
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Posted 2017-08-21T20:30:14+0000  by Deeble Deeble
 
Hi Debble,

Call a professional plumber or your propane distributor to repair the tank.

Mike
Posted 2017-08-21T22:12:33+0000  by Mike_HD_OC

Hi Debble.

 

So very sorry to hear of your predicament. Not a good thing to run out of propane when the weather gets cold. Your safest alternative will be to take your propane tank to your local propane service center.  


There are a number of business in your area. These are a few that I have found:

 

https://www.amerigas.com/propane-locations/amerigas-propane/ak/fairbanks

 

https://www.fairbankequipment.com/catalog/products/Propane-Equipment/dept-2D9

 

http://microqualitycalibration.com/request-price-quote.htm?gclid=CjwKCAjwrO_MBRBxEiwAYJnDLHZajf3s3cEpO28vlWpnmgkSKf7NYkYC-Eb-PDjgEG_maYSw7iGkSRoCoQEQAvD_BwE

 

https://www.suburbanpropane.com/location/anchorage-ak/?utm_source=yp&utm_medium=iyp&utm_campaign=yp_csc&utm_term=313


http://www.crowley.com/What-We-Do/Alaska-Fuel-Sales-and-Distribution/Overview

 

Crowley or Amerigas was recommended by Suburban Propane.

 

Time to make some phone calls to find the right repair center before it gets really cold!!

 

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

 

Rick_HD_OC

Posted 2017-08-22T22:36:14+0000  by Rick_HD_OC


Hi again Debbie.

 

I should have thought of this earlier but, you can also use a spray called "Blaster".  This is a penetrating oil that will dissolve rust and make it easier to remove your stuck/rusted safety plug. 

 

Remember that this plug is "reverse threaded, which means your turn it clockwise loosen it and counter clockwise to tighten it.

 

All of the POL that I have seen have been made of a plastic compound.  Worse case scenario, you may have to carefully pull it apart and then order a new one from your local propane supplier.

 

http://www.agrisupply.com/pol-plug-for-propane-tank/p/30833/

 

I hope this helps.

 

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.


Rick_HD_OC



Posted 2017-10-27T15:52:44+0000  by Rick_HD_OC
 
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