At the risk of pissing off my friends who are big into the EMS 2.0 thing, I have to go backwards to about day five of EMT school.
Dear Guy From The Previous Shift;
THERE IS NO FUCKING REASON FOR YOU TO USE THE PORTABLE OXYGEN TANK WRENCH TO GORILLA THE FUCKING REGULATOR ON TO THE TANK.
If the regulator won’t seat correctly and you get that annoying hisssssssss when you turn the valve to the on position torquing the “T” handle with the wrench will not fix the problem, you moron. The problem is due to one of the following reasons, or maybe a combination there of.
1) YOU forgot to replace the gasket.
2) YOU didn’t realize that there was already a gasket there and put on a second one, thereby causing a leak that can only be corrected by taking off one gasket or of course torquing the shit out of the “T” handle.
3) YOU cross threaded the “T” handle, which of course now requires torquing the shit out of the “T” handle to stop that annoying hisssss.
4) YOU didn’t put the regulator on the tank correctly and it hasn’t sealed properly.
5) Some other idiot did some combination of the above and you’re too fucking lazy to fix it. Or maybe you slept through that class in EMT school.
I can guaranfuckingtee that I’ve been doing this longer than you. In fact, given the amount of FNGs that we have on the job these days, I’ve probably been doing this since before yo’ momma had short and curly ones. The only time I’ve ever had to use anything other than these pre arthritic hands to loosen a “T” handle is when some single digit IQ cretin such as you used one to tighten it to about a million foot pounds of torque.
Oh, and while you’re learning to put the regulator on properly, could stop dropping the tanks onto the top of the valve so that the $0.99 plastic wrenches that management is saving money buying instead of real ones will fit and turn the tank on and off?
Thank you ever so much.
Other than that, I have no strong feelings on the subject.