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Old 01-02-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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Default What to do with old fire extinguishers?

The former owner of my home left (2) Kidde "Fire Away" extinguishers in the garage. They look like they've been used and recharged in the past. The safety pin has been replaced with a piece of wire and they both have a paper tag on them that says they've been inspected by the fire marshall in 1994. Obviously the pressure gauge on them shows they are flat.

Is it worth seeing if these can be recharged? Where would one go for that?

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Old 01-02-2012, 12:30 AM   #2
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I would take them to a welding supply store and see if they are rechargeable
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:56 AM   #3
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Id take em in and see if they can re-charge them. be cheaper then buying new ones too..
always a good idea to have some around.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:15 AM   #4
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Do those used FX have the plastic valves? If so toss 'em. If they have the metal valves, maybe someone will recharge them. We do not recharge Kidde extinguishers. The failure rate is 20 to 50 %.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:27 AM   #5
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I'd chuck em and get some good ones. Which reminds me that the 1st of the year I take all 7 or 8 in my kitchen, garage, project car, reloading room, strapped to the oxy/acety cart, etc. in for their yearly certifications.. The local fire place by me sells new and also some used but re-certified extinguishers for affordable prices. To find out where to go, just look at the tag on the fire extinguishers at your local stores or work. That'll tell you who certifies them and they're usually happy to certify private extinguishers too. the place I deal with local to me is valley fire control. http://www.sac.to/index-v.html
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:32 AM   #6
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with the right ingenuity you can make dandy air horns out of em!
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:34 AM   #7
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I get mine recharged at the local fire extinguisher place. WAY cheaper than new, runs 20-45 bucks depending on what you are filling.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:50 AM   #8
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The former owner of my home left (2) Kidde "Fire Away" extinguishers in the garage. They look like they've been used and recharged in the past. The safety pin has been replaced with a piece of wire and they both have a paper tag on them that says they've been inspected by the fire marshall in 1994. Obviously the pressure gauge on them shows they are flat.

Is it worth seeing if these can be recharged? Where would one go for that?

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Being that old, unless they're valuable to you (i.e. metal tank, nice look,... etc,) it is quite often cheaper to buy new one.

Don't forget that the regulation (at least here in Quebec) request an hydrostatic pressure test every 12 years after date of manufacture. Plus you need to pay for recharge too.

I just did mine, a 5lb one, which needed all that. It costed me $35. New ones (plastic tank), on sale, go for the same price. But mine being a metal tank, looking more rugged, and it was in perfect shape (never used) bearing all the original components and pins etc, so I decided to keep it. Otherwise I would have replaced it.

So in recap, consider the need for hydrostactic pressure test fee plus the recharge fee.

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That reminds me, I've got an old antique one up in the attic that I need to bring down and display in the garage..
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I get mine recharged at the local fire extinguisher place. WAY cheaper than new, runs 20-45 bucks depending on what you are filling.
^^^^This.

Look up "fire extinguisher" in your local yellow pages or online.
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the 1st of the year I take all 7 or 8 in my kitchen, garage, project car, reloading room, strapped to the oxy/acety cart, etc. in for their yearly certifications..
And what do you do when the house or shop starts on fire?


I think unless they are really old ones, they will be junk. If they have the metal valves you might have a chance, but the plastic ones are junk right out of the box.
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Do those used FX have the plastic valves? If so toss 'em. If they have the metal valves, maybe someone will recharge them.

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^^^^This.

Look up "fire extinguisher" in your local yellow pages or online.
yep, yep
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dump them go to home depot and for like 30 bucks get a new one.
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buy a new one, just call around for the best price. at work we turn the old ones in and buy new ones because we get a better price on the new ones versus having them tested and refilled.
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im actually interested in what someone has built out of them.... i have an old water extinguisher that i believe is made out of aluminum. i might just put on my shelf in garage as an antique....
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The former owner of my home left (2) Kidde "Fire Away" extinguishers in the garage. They look like they've been used and recharged in the past. The safety pin has been replaced with a piece of wire and they both have a paper tag on them that says they've been inspected by the fire marshall in 1994. Obviously the pressure gauge on them shows they are flat.

Is it worth seeing if these can be recharged? Where would one go for that?

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They are JUNK!! Too old and will need tested and charged which will cost much more than new ones. A good responsible Fire Extinguisher Service Contractor probably will not touch them and recomend new.
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I would retire them and get some proper serviceable extinguishers.
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If you can find them I would buy a Halon tron(sp?) extinguisher.
They are more expensive than the dry chemical but don't leave a mess.

They consume the oxygen in the fire and leave no residue

Can be used on a running engine and start right back up
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If you can find them I would buy a Halon tron(sp?) extinguisher.
They are more expensive than the dry chemical but don't leave a mess.

They consume the oxygen in the fire and leave no residue

Can be used on a running engine and start right back up
I like putting those in my hot rods with the line kit going to the fuel tank and engine bay with a pull pin under the dash. Expensive? Very. Worth it? I have had to use it once due to a piece of shi$ fuel filter that sprayed gas on the headers. I also keep a regular ABC mounted in reach in case the halo doesn't get the fire out. As for the original question, I would see it they are rechargable, if not buy some new ones for your shop, nothing sucks more than a fire that gets out of control like this http://garagejournal.com/forum/showt...highlight=fire
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