Archive for the ‘Propane Safety’ Category

Adding wall and ceiling texture can give your room richness and depth – it’s a great way to easily (and affordably) give a classy look to your drywall! Let’s look at the different types of texture machines available to rent from Bunce Rental. We’ll also talk about the importance of having a good drywall-mud mix.

 Goldblatt Pattern Pistol Sprayer Hopper

Where to find TEXTURE SPRAY RIG in TacomaThe Goldblatt Classic Pattern Pistol and Hopper has been the professional’s choice of texture sprayers for decades. The complete texture unit includes a high capacity air compressor, which attaches to the spray gun/hopper with an air hose. The spray gun comes with two interchangeable air stem nozzles to double the range of patterns and spray pressures. The smaller 3/32-inch air nozzle will give even texture, even at maximum pressures. The larger 1/8-Inch nozzle ensures great patterns at a lower pressure range. The orifice wheel allows you to make easy pattern changes, while the trigger stops ensure the pattern is consistent.

Graco RTX 900 Texture Sprayer

Graco Texture Sprayer

Graco Texture Machine

This RTX900 is ideal for both small contractors and DIY’ers looking to spray high-quality texture finishes with a simple, self-contained machine. This sprayer contains a large 8-gallon capacity hopper, which is attached to a high capacity on-board air compressor. A material and air hose attaches to the machine and feeds the air spray trigger nozzle. This allows the unit to deliver a smooth material flow for uniform coverage and a consistent spray pattern. The sprayer has four different nozzle sizes for popcorn, orange peel, splatter and knockdown texture patterns.

Mixing Drywall Mud

While it is possible to buy texturing compound, many drywall professionals use regular drywall joint compound, or mud. It can be found as a pre-mix or as a powder. Pre-mixed mud has been blended with water, but it’s not smooth. If you want smooth, even walls, and the right consistency for texturing, you have to mix both the pre-mixed or powdered mud. Depending on the type of texture you plan to apply, you may have to make the mixture slightly looser than the mud you used for taping seams, or you may have to make it pourable, like paint. To properly mix the mud you will need a mixing tool or “texture paddle”, which fastens to a power drill. In addition to a mixing tool and a drill, you’ll also need a clean, empty bucket with a secure lid.

Getting the consistency of the mud right is the most critical part of this project. If the consistency’s wrong it won’t come out of the hopper well if at all. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions for mixing the mud. We recommend that you mix the texture in a 5-gallon bucket with a lid and keep the lid on the bucket when not using the texture. If the texture dries out, hard specks in the mixture can make it more difficult to apply. Also, make sure you cover the floor around the mixing bucket with plastic to catch splatters. Always practice your preferred texturing method on a piece of cardboard or a discreet wall (e.g. inside your closet) before using it on an exposed wall.

 Safety First

When operating a texture sprayer you must wear appropriate protective equipment to help protect you from serious injury, including eye injury, inhalation of toxic fumes, burns, and hearing loss. This equipment includes but is not limited to: Protective eyewear, Clothing and respirator as recommended by the fluid and solvent manufacturer, Gloves and Hearing Protection


Federal regulations require that propane tanks must be outfitted with an overflow protection device (OPD) and re-certified after 12 years from the date stamped on the tank. Tanks that have been re-certified must then be re-certified every 5 years.

Years ago, one of our salesmen put together a poster of with photos of propane tanks that had not been properly inspected or certified. Some tanks are also in poor condition with rusting and pitting that makes the tank a safety hazard. We’ve compiled those photos here.


Tank Valve Installed without Relief valve, Cylinder ruptured when overfilled.


Relief valve plugged from being in fire, Cylinder overfilled, causing near rupture.


Relief valve malfunction; ruptured overfilled cylinder


Relief valve designed for 20# cylinder installed into a 100# cylinder. Inadequate relieving caused over pressurizing and rupture.


Valve installed with galvanized water pipe bell reducier designed for 40# working pressure and no protective collar.


Rusted out bottom of cylinder and broken condition


Rusted, pitted bottom of 100# cylinder