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Old January 20th, 2012, 11:54 AM
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Default "Welded" valve on IBC / cage tank?

I have a Schulz 275 gal IBC cage tank. I'd like to remove and replace the valve, but for the life of me I can't get it off. I removed tank from cage for better access and leverage. I'm using a 15 inch strap wrench, so plenty of leverage. Are these welded on?
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Old January 20th, 2012, 01:57 PM
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I am not sure if they are welded or not but I got an adaptor for mine to change from Buttress threads to NPT and am to just plumb with standard plumbing.

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/ite...=searchresults

this is what I used. Good luck, Mike
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Old January 20th, 2012, 02:08 PM
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I need to figure mine out too. I ahve a valve system that came with it but will probably replace it. The valve didnt shut off all the way
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Old January 20th, 2012, 03:18 PM
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I have never taken one of these off but, I was just thinking it may be like a Bulk head fitting and be left handed, give it a try ya never know.
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Well, I've just learned that my IBC / cage tank has a molded in valve - non-removable. I'll be getting the proper hardware to convert the threaded buttress connection that is downstream from the valve, to an 2" NPT. From that I can adapt just about any fitting I'd like.

The reason I was hoping to remove the valve at the tank is to install a food grade liner. Freedom Manufacturing makes liners to fit most of these type tanks, but to seal at the bottom outlet it needs to have a removable valve, which is re-installed after the liner is in place. If you're interested, check out their stuff at http://www.freedommfg.com/products/index.html. I haven't purchased from them before, and have no connection with them, but they have a youtube video showing the liner install process which is pretty cool. Search "freedom manufacturing liner" on youtube to see it. Though my tank is a used, single use food grade container, I tend to be very cautious about cleanliness.
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Thats an interesting valve. I've never seen that type. Is it something new? All of mine have a threaded retainer that holds the valve and gasket in. I guess its just another way to sell more of the tanks. If you can't replace the valve, you have to buy the whole thing! Nice.

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I believe that cage tanks have a limited life and are designed with that in mind. They are like a non returnable bottle they get reused but are past the intended use cycle. Being able to adapt them to our needs is great BUT i wouldn't get upset that they don't last 10 years.
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I have seen them last longer if stored out of sunlight during off season.
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I heard that if you paint them silver you can extend the life of them quite a bit. It reflects the uv rays.
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I find myself with what is probably the same tank! I would like to change the valve, but I am going to have to find some sort of bung to put in the tank. Any ideas?
I want to be able to fit a standard Shutz ball valve.
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