Instruction about moving a 500 lb propane tank

Usually a 500 pound propane tank is enough to supply one family with the necessary liquefied petroleum used for heating and appliances around the house. For safety measures the tank is not installed in an accessible place and the gas line is buried under the house. At some point you may want to move the propane tank, and if you don’t want to pay the suppliers to do this job for you, you can take some time and do it yourself.

It is recommended that the tank is fully empty when you move it, mostly for weight reasons. Without the gas a tank usually weights around 950 pounds. Call you supplier and ask him to remove any residual propane in the tank and in the end to fill the tank again. Follow these steps:

  1. Close the valve on the propane tank by turning it to position closed.
  2. Disconnect the tank from the copper pipe that carries the gas around the house using an adjustable wrench.
  3. At each of the tank’s end there is a chain attachment through which you will need to loop the ends of a steel chain that is 12 foot long.
  4. Place the container of a front-end loader over the middle of the tank, at the necessary height so that it will not touch the fittings and regulator on the top of the tank.
  5. Wrap the chain over the container and regulate the length of each half of the chain with the chain’s end hooks so that the tank is lifted horizontally when you simultaneously tighten each half.
  6. Lift the tank off the ground by raising the container and then place the tank in the new spot by slowly moving the tractor to the new location.
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