BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THESE ALARM BELLS
1 What on earth is this? Extra fixtures screwed onto the bottle are illegal.
2 Old geezer Bottles made prior to 1969 were constructed of less durable (untempered) steel.
3 Sticky spot Illegal stickers on bottles can be misleading.
4 The school of h ard knocks Dents can indicate that the bottle has been manhandled or damaged and may consequently have a weak spot.
5 Fire or flame marks Scorch marks are signs that the bottle may have been exposed to excessive heat.
6 Sss... A leaking valve indicates that it may have been tampered with.
7 Red means dead Visible weathering such as rust indicates that the bottle’s days are numbered.
8 Crack detective Cuts or cracks mean that you are looking at a time bomb.
9 Hands off, Sparky! Signs of “repair work” to the bottle (such as the marks of an angle grinder or welding) are signs of a weak spot.
10 Crippled foot A bottom ring that has been damaged will prevent the bottle from staying upright. (It may have been dropped on a hard surface and be bruised.)