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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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12 oz co2 paint ball tank only lasted 2 days?

Would a 12oz paintball canister co2 tank really only last 2-3 days? 8hrs a day on then unplugged. I know its empty because the solenoid valve reads no pressure.

I am thinking Dicks sporting goods did not fill it all the way. I guess this is the dark side of getting refills at the sporting goods store. In fact prior to this fill up I had problems at 2 sporting goods store where either they were having an issue or did not know how to fill the tank.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 10:48 PM
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was there a leak on the tubing or the valve?
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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was there a leak on the tubing or the valve?
I dunno maybe, how would I tell? I do have to say the JBJ bubble counter has a very tiny nipple for attaching the tubing does not seem very well designed or unless I am missing some sort of additional attachment. I should take a pic.

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Run soapy water over all the connections. If bubbles start forming then you've found a leak.

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Run soapy water over all the connections. If bubbles start forming then you've found a leak.
Gotcha thanks! Will refill tank and try again. Could there be an issue with the distance I am running the Co2? I noticed tonight that since the Co2 has been empty that the diffuser and some of the line had water in it.
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i've had issues with two different Sports Authority stores when it came to filling my paintball co2 tank. i went to two different shops, and neither could fill the tank for one reason or another. my tank was fine, and the o-ring on it was brand new.
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If you are concerned that you aren't getting your money's worth, and have access to a scale that reads ounces, checking it is easy enough. Just weigh the completely empty tank, get it filled, weigh it again. The tank should be 12 oz heavier.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Well it turns out there is a leak, coming from where the jbj bubble counter attaches to the aquatek co2 regulator. I am thinking maybe some teflon tape here would fix this?
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Well it turns out there is a leak, coming from where the jbj bubble counter attaches to the aquatek co2 regulator. I am thinking maybe some teflon tape here would fix this?

if it is a threaded connection then yes.
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if it is a threaded connection then yes.
Yeah it is and thanks! I went ahead and did that and now no leak.

Although I still think Dicks did not fill the tank the whole way because this refill felt noticeably heavier. I weighed it and it was full. The service rep gave it to me for free as well which is nice!
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