When working with a propane torch, it is important for you to do everything that you can to stay as safe as possible at all times. You need to wear glasses to protect your eyes, long sleeves and pants to protect your skin, and boots to protect your feet. While taking measures to protect yourself physically is important, making sure the equipment works properly is important too.
Propane tanks can leak from time to time. When they leak, it can create a dangerous situation for you because the fumes should not be inhaled. If you smell propane, you need to use the guide below to learn how to check if you have a propane leak before you try to use your torch.
Choose the Right Location to Do the Inspection
When you think there is a possible propane leak, you do not want to inspect it in an area where there could be an open flame. Propane is very flammable and can catch fire quickly. It is best to do the inspection somewhere that is completely flame free and there is no chance of someone lighting a cigarette or torch around you.
Let everyone in the area know that you think that you have a propane leak so that they do not create a spark in the space. This can ensure that you and no one else are hurt accidentally because of a leak. Make sure that you have turned off your torch before you start the inspection, as well.
Create a Mixture to Use to Test for a Leak
Create a mixture of fifty percent water and fifty percent dish soap or detection liquid to create a solution you can apply to every part that connects the propane tank to your torch. If you use copper fittings or copper lines, you need to go to the store and buy a solution that is designed specifically to test for propane leaks though. Copper can be eaten away by dishwashing liquid.
Apply the Mixture
Use a paint brush or a basting brush to apply the liquid solution to every inch of the fittings and lines that connect the torch and propane tank. Do not be stingy when applying the solution. You need the application to be thick enough for you to be able to see bubbles form in it if there is a leak.
Be Patient and Look at All of the Places the Solution Was Applied
You then need to sit and be patient. Look closely at all areas of the fittings and hose where the solution was applied. Look to see if you see any bubbles forming anywhere. If you do, there is a propane leak that will need to be addressed right away.
Tighten the Fittings
If the bubbles are forming on the fittings, there is a good chance they simply are not tightened enough. Use a wrench to tighten the fittings and then apply more solution to them. Wait a minute or two and look again to see if more bubbles form. If they do, the entire fitting may need to be replaced.
Replace the Hose
If you notice that bubbles are forming on the hose, you need to replace it. Loosen the fittings that connect any hose to the tank and the torch and remove the hose. Take it with you to the store and purchase the same size hose as a replacement. Put it in place of the hold hose and tighten the fittings. Be sure to check to make sure that the fittings are not leaking before using it.
When you need to get gas, parts, or a propane tank, contact an industrial supply company. You can get everything you need and valuable advice from people who are knowledgeable about propane torches to ensure that you are always as safe as you can be when using your torch.