Piece of metal on propane tank

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Old 09-19-20, 07:33 PM
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Piece of metal on propane tank

Not sure where to post took a gamble here. As seen in the attached pic, there is this piece of rusty flat metal that is attached to the tank to my outside propane tank. It is attached to the pressure relief neck, but there is nothing indicating it has anything to do with it. It's relatively loose and if the wind blows hard enough it'll contact the tank loud enough to hear it . Can anybody tell me what it's function is?

If it turn out to be not required (or nobody knows), I'll contact the propane company to confirm the removal of it.



 
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Old 09-19-20, 07:45 PM
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I moved it to plumbing and piping for more exposure. No actual forum for this topic.

I don't know what the piece of metal is. It doesn't look important.
Question: isn't it under the cover when it's closed ?

Second thought......
Does it turn ?
Could it be turned to lock the cover down ? IE: place to put a lock.
 
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Old 09-20-20, 01:27 PM
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It is under the cover and it doesn't rotate, just bangs. The wind can get under the cover and in the inspection hole on the cover.

The lock tab is seen in the bottom of the picture, the cover has a slot in it.
 
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Would it be easy to remove ?
It looks like it's captive by the expansion safety valve.
 
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Instead of going to the hassle of removing it, I'd probably squeeze a blob of epoxy or construction adhesive under it and let it dry.
Can you tell what direction the pressure relief valve points? Maybe it helps direct the escaping gas the correct direction if needed?

I'd imagine it has some purpose, but I have no idea what it might be.
 
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It looks like it's captive by the expansion safety valve.
It is, which prevents an easy removal. I'd probably tin snip as much of it off as poss, it's pretty thin metal. I'm repainting the tank and it would allow easy prep if it were gone in addition to quieting it down.

Can you tell what direction the pressure relief valve points?
It blows straight up (through that hole in the lid)

I don't believe the lid is original, whatever they had when they installed. The lid just touches the metal. I'm going to run by the local supplier with a pic and ask 'em.
 
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Old 09-21-20, 12:38 PM
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So propane man say it is used to mount a regulator that fits underneath the lid. Something that hasn't been there for 20 years (and probably wouldn't fit with that lid)....so off it goes!
 
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There you go. Thanks for letting us know what you found out.
 
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