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Old 07-06-2018, 06:24 PM   #1
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Fire extinguisher

We just noticed that one of our fire extinguisher has lost its pressure. Apparently it can be reloaded from what we can read on the sticker.
Does anybody know where this can be done (up here in Canada ).
Does it worth it or is it the same cost as buying a new one?

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Old 07-06-2018, 06:56 PM   #2
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Mr. L_t. IF the nozzle is plastic it is not worth having them refilled. Just as well to buy a new one or two or three. On the other hand, IF the nozzle is metal it is worth having them re-filled or so I was told by the fellow who sold us our extingiusher'S. 5 in total including one 10 lb. CO2.
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Old 07-06-2018, 07:00 PM   #3
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This one is metal with a rubber hose extension of around 1 feet. I will take a picture tomorrow when I am back to the boat. I have 3 others aboard but better to have more than less

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check for a local fire extinguisher company as they are usually required for commercial buildings.
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Old 07-06-2018, 07:08 PM   #5
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Greetings.
Mr. L_t. https://www.yellowpages.ca/search/si...shers/Montreal


One of these companies will have a much better answer for you.
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Yellow pages for fire equipment. There are small businesses everywhere.
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When you call the companies (usually safety supply places, lock/safe/alarm businesses, etc.) tell them the make and model of the extinguisher, along with the manufacture date. They'll tell you IF it can be refilled and you can make your decision from there.
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Thank you guys!

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Old 07-08-2018, 01:06 PM   #9
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Funny - just happened to glance at one of my portables yesterday. About 2/3 pressure - well below the green range. Led me to check the others. Found another the same way. These units are 7 years old, never showed any integrity issues, both inspected & certed 3 months ago. 3 others good. All same manufacturer. First time I've ever had this happen.
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I'm a little late but, go to the local fire department with the extinguisher in hand.
They should know or maybe one of the folks have a sideline business.
I have mine inspected every year.
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Consider a clean agent, as opposed to powder. More expensive, but they don’t create a mess after the fire is out and everything including the electrical aytems are covered in powder.
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Fire extinguisher

We have CO2 for possible electrical fires (helm) and at the entrance to the engine room/galley, and chemical in the Saloon and staterooms. The engine space is a halon Fireboy.

To my knowledge the department store fire extinguishers cannot be recharged, while the units from fire equipment companies can be recharged. Shop around! Some fire equipment companies are much more expensive than others.

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Whats the warranty of the extinguisher?


3 years? 6 years? 15?


If it fails and you are outside their limits.....
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I have been told, to get the same effectiveness as a 5# dry chemical extinguisher you need a 10# CO2, twice as much.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:28 PM   #15
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Whats the warranty of the extinguisher?


3 years? 6 years? 15?


If it fails and you are outside their limits.....
Maybe they will send you a new one,.
Meanwhile, find another extinguisher to fight the fire?
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Look into Purple K if you really want to stop a diesel or oil fire. Makes a mess but who cares if your boat is on fire.
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We just noticed that one of our fire extinguisher has lost its pressure. Apparently it can be reloaded from what we can read on the sticker.
Does anybody know where this can be done (up here in Canada ).
Does it worth it or is it the same cost as buying a new one?

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You did not mention the size, rating or agent.
Usually anything that does not require a DOT hydro inspection in considered disposable after a few years.
Any size that requires a DOT hydro inspection (CO2 & some others) is worth servicing.
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I have been told, to get the same effectiveness as a 5# dry chemical extinguisher you need a 10# CO2, twice as much.
Your insurance company usually does not pay for the dry chemical clean up. It is a hazardous material not to be inhaled. Around your electric panels and galley, please have on hand CO2 or Halon.
Worth their expense.
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if the boat is burning, who cares about the cleanup? I just want to survive.
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if the boat is burning, who cares about the cleanup? I just want to survive.
A good comment. But we can usually put out lil flare up quickly when we are in tune with the boat and prepared. The aftermath is what usually ticks us off more.
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