Questions and Answers
- Do I have to remove my Regulator?
Answer: No, in fact it is best that you allow Hydrolab to do the
removing. 9 out of 10 Bottle that fail "Hydro," fail
due to damaged threads. We see many expensive bottles/regulators
arrive that have been damaged by using "vice grips"
and "strap wrenches." We at HydroLab have special tools
to remove these regulators. Besides, it's only $4.00 to have it
- How often do bottles fail hydro? Answer:
Very few fail. 99.9% of the bottles we receive, pass hydrotesting
and the visual inspection? Why, because the average paintball
player who spends $200-$300 or more on a HP/Nytro Tank, takes
really good care of them! The SCUBA Divers and the Fire Guys take
terrible care of the bottles.
- My bottle is 2 years "Over
Due," can I get it tested, or should I toss the bottle?
Answere: Don't toss the bottle. If the bottle
is "out of hydro." Get it tested and start using it.
Remember, fiberwrapped bottles have a life of 15 years, Steel
bottles (3ht) have a 24 year life, and aluminum (3AL) are usable
for as long as they pass hydro and visual!
- My Bottle once blew up, can I
fix it? Answere: If your
bottle blew up, half the building wouldn't be standing, nor would
you or the people around you be alive. What most people consider
"blowing up," is actually the HP burst disk failing.
Those little nuts on the side of the regulator, have a small copper
disk that will "fail" before the bottle fails. If you
have a full bottle in your house, and the house catches on fire,
the air in the bottle will expand, and the disk will fail and
the bottle will not truly blow up.
- What do you do to the bottles that
fail? Answere: We are required by the DOT to notify the owner
of the problem and to "disable" the bottle so that it
will not be used every again. Usually a hole is drilled in the
bottle and the threads are cut!
- How long does it take to Test? Answere:
We will test and return the bottle to you within 24 hours
of receiving it, bottles received on Friday will usually go out
on Friday. You can usually plan on getting a one week turn around
"door to door" or faster. Anywhere in the USA. If you
want it quick, check the "second day air" and get it
quick. We see most bottle take a week "door to door."
- How do you Hydrotest a PB Bottle?
Answered: Go to our sister site: http://www.sounddive.com/hydrotest2l.htm
this is an example of how we test a scuba bottle in our Old Facility.
We will have new pictures of our New Lab soon.
- Couldn't I just go to a Fire Station
to get it tested. Answere: Fire stations don't test bottles
any more. A few did many years ago. They now let the private sector
do the testing.
- Someone said to go to a SCUBA place
and they could test it? Answere: The 99% of SCUBA Shops send
the bottles out to large commercial Hydro testers. The same ones
that test the big Oxygen bottles used for welding. These "Big
GUYs" DO NOT like little PB bottles, the regulators or their
owners. The bottles (mostly scuba) usually get picked up once
a week. They are transported in large trucks, were they bang around
for most of the day in the back on the flat bed. Most bottles
come back dented or scratched and the regulator dinged up. A two
to three week turn around is the norm.(Did I say they don't like
removing valves either).
Shipping, how do I
ship a PB Bottle? It's really quite simple. Just pad the
regulator and wrap the bottle with bubble wrap or similar padding.
Be sure to protect the top of the regulator. That is the weakest
point. MAKE SURE ALL THE AIR IS OUT.
Making Payment, what
is the best way? Answered: Checks, money orders, credit
card or even Cash will work fine. Just follow the directions
on the "info sheet." No financial information is required
over the internet. No need for paypal or sending anything on
the internet. Just enclose the funds with the bottle to be tested!
Who We are:
5000 Burwell st.
Bremerton, WA. 98312
is Operated by Yodaworks, Inc. HydroLab is a D.B.A (Doing
Business As.). HydroLab is a DOT Hydrotesting facility
in the Seattle/Washington State area. HydroLab specializes
in testing small bottles. It is owned and operated by
Geoff and Betsy Pentz. Our DOT re-qualification number
is D420. Some of our customers include the Seattle fire
dept, the US Navy, the US Coast Guard and 1000's of
Individual paintball and SCUBA Tank owners. We also
provide wholesale services to many paintball fields,
shops and airsmiths across the nation.
24 hour turnaround
We test all Bottles
877-493-7652 toll free or
email geoff @
5000 Burwell Street
Bremerton, WA 98312