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    Cutting into a decommissioned steel buoy

    Found a giant steel buoy today at the scrapyard (about 7' tall). Looks to be a great couple of large firepits or leave as is for the interesting factor.

    It is definitely hollow. I rolled it around and it sounded like steel on steel scratching the inside. It also has a few large dents.

    Does anyone know if these things are filled with any non-inert gases? I am super paranoid about cutting into unknown closed containers.


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    Re: Cutting into a decommissioned steel buoy

    Try to drill a hole and fill with water then cut into it.
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    Re: Cutting into a decommissioned steel buoy

    I built marking bouys for the Gulf in 2003. The ones we built were not filled with anything, just a large empty space. Try what skywest said, I'll be surprised if there is any pressure present.
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    Re: Cutting into a decommissioned steel buoy

    There may be no intentional pressure, but expect it to blow or suck some air because of any changes in barametric pressure.

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