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Old 01-11-2010, 05:48 PM
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Default Cylinder Carrier, or whatever you want to call it.

I got tired of figuring out a way to secure cylinders when I visit the LWS. So, I made this rack to secure them in my PU.

The square tube is inserted in the stake pocket, finger clamps (or C clamps) secure it to the bed rail. Under the flat bar that sits on the bed rail is that sticky one side truck camper mounting tape. I can carry 3 cylinders securely with this rig. Beats trying to beat DOT from catching me with them laying down.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:32 PM
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The CG of the tall ones look a little dangerous for a sudden stop or start.
I'm sure the tailgate helps though.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:36 PM
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That's very nice, and even better, simple. I'd been wanting to make one for my farm truck, but instead of it going across the bed, have it sit between the rear of the bed and fenderwell. For the moment,I just stand the cylinders upright in the front corner against my toolbox, and ratchet strap them to the side of the bed.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:26 PM
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Great idea. The simplist ideas are the best.

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Old 01-11-2010, 08:34 PM
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The CG of the tall ones look a little dangerous for a sudden stop or start.
I'm sure the tailgate helps though.
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I designed it so that when the tailgate is closed it secures the cylinder pretty good. Virtually impossible to tip forward.
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DOT? what is that? They merged with the HP here a year or so ago and you never see them very far away from the coffee shop.
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Glad I don't live in an oppressing state . I lay my bottles down to keep them secure. I have enough sense to not use the acetylene for about 8 hours after putting upright. Common sense prevails in most things here and the guv doesn't have to do all our thinking. Good thing since we get some real dumb asses in office..
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:13 AM
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I designed it so that when the tailgate is closed it secures the cylinder pretty good. Virtually impossible to tip forward.
What about tipping back if you get rear ended?

You could add another bar across the bed that hooks the back of the bed under the tailgate. All secure and removable.

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Good thing since we get some real dumb asses in office..
I thought that was one of the pre-requisites for running for office in the first place
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:41 PM
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Default DOT sucks in this state.

If caught with a compressed gas cylinder laying down, $300 fine, per cylinder.

I NEVER lay an Acetylene cylinder down. If perchance the valve is cracked just minutely, it's possible for the Acetone to escape, thus leaving you with a bomb.

For those that don't know, an Acetylene Cylinder is filled with a porous material, Acetone (a liquid) is inserted, then the Acetylene gas is inserted. Acetone stabilizes the Acetylene. Also, if you look on the top and bottom of every Acetylene Cylinder, you will notice 4 plugs (2 top, 2 bottom). These are "melt away" safety valves in the event the cylinder is in a fire, the lead will melt away and release the Acetylene so it burns in the fire, instead of the whole cylinder exploding.

Acetylene becomes "self explosive" at 29.4 PSI. That's why most gauges show a RED area above 15 PSI.

Acetylene is not a compressed gas to take chances with.
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