Originally Posted by DaveBad
Looking for insights on refurbishing or replacing the propane tank on my GWV. It's a Manchester #6811. It is leaking when I open the valve after being closed all winter, probably the stem packing. The tank is about 13 yrs old and I was considering dropping it, cleaning it up and painting and replacing valves and such. New the tanks look to be about $600.
Any thoughts or experiences?
Don't have directly related actual experience, but unless the tank is "REALLY" rusty and pitted, I'm be inclined to do as you are thinking - ie clean, paint and change valve if needed.
Did you confirm with bubble test if the valve is leaking from the packing, or possibly due to corroded tank threads? If the latter, that could be reason to replace the tank.
If it is leaking at the packing, did you open the valve fully? Some cylinder valves have a "back seal" feature such that opening the valve fully will prevent stem leakage. I don't know if that applies to propane tank valves though.