Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Sacramento, California
I first hand tighten to where I'm not able to anymore. Then I put a crescent wrench on it and give it a slight turn no more than 1/2''. I followed this method will all the parts that needs to be tighten other than the ASA On/Off valve itself. That can be hand tighten which will be fine.
This method, I used with my gauge also. You will need a decent size crescent wrench, since the Gauge itself is 1'' inch in diameter.
Please keep in mind if you over-tighten it already with a wrench and it leaks. Open it up and inspect the rubber black washer that goes inside the needle valve nut, before you go and try my method. If that rubber black washer is anyhow "damage" it will result in a defective unit.
Just curious, After you guys set the whole system up and when it comes time to put it in the bucket of water with it slightly the needle valve open, how long do you guys keep it under water to check for leaks? Depending how much you open the needle valve (doesn't take much to open it, comparing the width of a toothpick size) you should see leaks if there is leaks. What I do is submerse the whole system, minus the diffuser into a "Fish tank's water" that way I can spin the entire paintball tank around and observe if there's any slight co2 gas coming out of every entry point (Thread). I keep this at least close to a 1 minute for inspection. Just remember it only takes a slight adjustment on the needle valve to open it, if you crank it up too much you'll lose alot of co2 gas.
Here is my method of turning on this system also.
-Release the co2 gas from the paintball tank into the ASA On/Off Valve by first opening the Top Nob on the ASA On/Off Valve until you aren't able to with your hand. (The Top Nob(Valve) should have grooves to help aid in turning it on and off)
-Now slightly turn on your Needle Valve next, and watch your diffuser for a few seconds until you see co2 gas coming out of the diffuser. Depending on how much it's releasing, you can kind of eyeball it and realize if your co2 gas is releasing too much or too little, if so adjust it to desire level. Examine it for a minute or two and readjust, as it takes some time for the co2 gas to travel to the diffuser. After a good 5 minutes, you should be able to adjust it to desirable level where it will stay constant. I never had any problems with it, what's why I said it should stay constant after that last desirable adjustment.
There are some folks that are going a different route in turning the system on. Here's what I noticed.
-Slightly open needle valve first
-Open the ASA On/Off valve nob
I do not know if either way will hinder the outcome of the unit's co2 gas release. I am also not sure if that would put stress on other parts as well such as washers and so fort. Try both method of "Start up" and give me updates.
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