Gas Bottle retaining straps. Is there an alternative to fabric?

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  1. emmitdb

    emmitdb Funster

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    Hi All,

    Just as the Heading says. Is there an alternative to the fabric tie downs that seem the norm.

    I'm thinking possibly braided metal.

    I've looked on Fleabay and therefore wondered if there was a Funster that knew of the goods.

    Thanks in advance
     
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    Langtoftlad Funster Life Member

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    normally the use of polypropylene straps rather than steel is to avoid sparks in the gas locker. the same reason gas fittings are brass
     
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    Noted and thanks.

    For some reason I got it into my head that over in Merklland they had metal straps as a matter of strength.

    I can understand the 'spark' avoidance.
     
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    Duct tape?
     
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    Industrial cable ties ?
     
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    Shaped steel bands with "over centre" buckles have been used on fork lifts for years.
     
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    I was wondering why the OP didn't want the 'standard issue' ones?
    What was his perceived advantage of metal braid?
     
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    A stronger retainer would then show up the next weak link in the chain - the two self-tappers normally used to secure said fabric to the locker.
     
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    most straps are useless as the fixings are inadequate the best ive seen in british gas vans are a steel ring with a flange bolted to the floor with thumbscrews which grip the base of the bottle.But in a van the floor would probably be the weakest point unless there were spreaders below or bolted to chassis
    your fridge when full probably weighs more and is screwed to a bit of flimsy board
     
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    Leather straps ?? We used to use them in hot air balloons and they worked well (y)
     
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    I didn't say "I didn't want" the present straps.

    I was looking for something that, in the event of say ,an accident, could be construed as better.

    As a result of the post from @TheBig1 I appreciate why a metal strap might be off limits.
     
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