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post #361 of 752 (permalink) Old 03-31-2013, 07:02 PM
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How to build a co2 regulator [56k!]

It all comes down to personal preference like Josh mentioned. I like the larger regs as they look "hardcore"
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Not only personal but also depends on how much space there is for the pressurized set up.

I have a tight space for a setup that there is no way a Concoa 212 or AP would fit. Victor fits nicely leaving a small soffit gap from the two gauges about 25mm to 30mm.

I have 3 of that Victor VTS and one 1993, NIB.
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I guess that's really a personal call when you've figured out what is important for you. A high end stainless unit comes to mind for me. Like the Matheson untraline or parker ir6000 or the victor sgt. I just built a stainless concoa I really like. I'm also in the middle of doing a Swagelok stainless build. The stainless Swagelok is sexy... I guess it really boils down to form and functionality.
got the SS SMC solenoid and the DIN connector yet?

I've already tried one, very nice quality and low heat, feels warm when touch though, it is SS shell and metal transfer heat faster.
The swagelok regulator is nice, can't wait to see the picture of yours.
Have to put off the chiyoda seiki project and start the Victor SGT, got two version of the SGT on hand, waiting to be tested and built.
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I have 3 of that Victor VTS and one 1993, NIB.
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build them and show the pictures, TPT need your contribution.
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There are some fairly cheap VTS250's on the 'bay. They're a smaller version of the 450's with a few differences. You can probably find 450's for cheaper at the moment, but that changes regularly.

I used a VTS450 for a while, but it's been removed and is waiting for a replacement at the moment. Just too big.

You know, I grabbed a Matheson 3104 from my junk pile, and realized that the old Victor VTS450 I have is nearly identical to the Matheson 3104, without the chrome.

One other comment - the VTS450 I have (which is pretty old) and my VTS250 (new) have outlets at different positions. The 250 is at maybe 7 o'clock, but the 450 is closer to 8 o'clock.

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And then here's the VTS450 and 3104

This one's horrible, but the backs are completely identical:
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I wonder who came up with the design first. I still like the golden look of the VTS.
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How to build a co2 regulator [56k!]

Just got this one from [Ebay Link Removed] I just love the design of this Victor.
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Yup, collecting dust!

Haven't building regs for about 6-8 mos now. What I have on the photos on oldpunk's thread "Show me your regulator" is all the same configuration. Nothing new to share.

I am more collecting red plants for the time being than building regulators.
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got the SS SMC solenoid and the DIN connector yet?

I've already tried one, very nice quality and low heat, feels warm when touch though, it is SS shell and metal transfer heat faster.
I'm dying to see how these post body look with the SMC Solenoids. Also, you can get a solenoid with a cover like the SMC VQ series where the heat is inside but it's way bigger and bulky compare to the VDW series.

Hopefully we see some new pictures from Tails or Oldpunk, I think it going to be great.



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I'm dying to see how these post body look with the SMC Solenoids. Also, you can get a solenoid with a cover like the SMC VQ series where the heat is inside but it's way bigger and bulky compare to the VDW series.

Hopefully we see some new pictures from Tails or Oldpunk, I think it going to be great.
I'll do a mock-up for you if betta doesn't get a pic out there first. He sent me one the other day. They look pretty nice. Kinda like a bigger mouse with a 1/8 manifold.

What would Honey Badger do?
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build them and show the pictures, TPT need your contribution.

Any metering valves and solenoids good buys to share from e b a y after parker? lol
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^ Bettatail has something in the works, very nice solenoid with regards to size/power. It might just be another Parker H3 deal, very promising for the DIY.



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Just saying but if someone can write up a Swagelok/Parker fitting guide that explains 1/4, 1/8 mntp, fntp and so on means. It would be beneficial to all of us noobies ��.
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Just saying but if someone can write up a Swagelok/Parker fitting guide that explains 1/4, 1/8 mntp, fntp and so on means. It would be beneficial to all of us noobies ��.
I gotta second this I'm at the same stage now! 5 months of running DIY CO2 it works but I don't like it. No disrespect but I would have never joined this site if I knew I had to go to google or another place for answers. I joined to help an get help.

Well this is my reason for needing help, this is what I got so far n mind u I'm just tring to get CO2 to my tank trust me no one is gonna see it an say "wow that looks cool!" I kno none of these are right tho also I'm still waiting to get my solieniod.



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Wikipedia does a pretty good job of explaining NPT (M and F are just male, female) and of course the sizes. It also explains other threads too, I don't remember what they were called but there was a British one, and some others.
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