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The seller has to pack it in a better way to protect it.
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For sure.
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Stupid USPS. They broke my 3000 psi gauge. 3 more business days. ..

Tough luck Josh. I would hate for this to happen to me. I am assuming that the seller will send you a new one?
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Ya. It was from amazon so really easy exchange.
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are those gauge look nice? Amazon only use stock photo. wonder how the really thing looks like.
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I'll take a chappy pic when I get home. When it comes to customizing these things, we all like what we like. I might love them, you might hate them...
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I had about an hour this afternoon to mess around with a couple regs. Finished this one up:



Pretty standard stuff. Victor VTS-250B, Burkert 6011 solenoid, Ideal 52-1-12. Nice and compact for 2-stage. A true workhorse.

I love it boxes from Swagelok show up at my door



(No idea why I posted that pic O.o)

Then I did some test fitting with this one:



This one's a Victor HPT-500. (re-branded by BOC) All chrome and stainless. Swagelok pipe fittings, Swagelok S series metering valve w/verier handle and Clippard manifold mount mouse solenoid.

Shiny...

I'll take some pics when I put it together.
Your son has the classic Nintendo. That's awesome. I love playing classic games. It reminds me of my childhood.

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What has two thumbs and likes a solid stainless regulator?







-Stainless Parker regulator
-Stainless Parker metering valve
-Stainless Burkert 6011
-Stainless Swagelok fittings
-Stainless Smith nut/nipple
This is my favorite system out of all the systems you built.

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are those gauge look nice? Amazon only use stock photo. wonder how the really thing looks like.
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That's not his. That was mine from the 80's. Grandma finally made me take it home.
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Mine too. I'm going to try to improve on it if I can on my next one. Improve might not be the right word. Just out of curiosity, you wouldn't happen to have a 2" ss nut and nipple you'd want to trade for a 2 1/2" one would you?
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I have 1 set but it's 2.5". With the 2", I find it's hard to mount the system on the those cylinders that have the handle.

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Pic as promised:




That's not his. That was mine from the 80's. Grandma finally made me take it home.

Mine too. I'm going to try to improve on it if I can on my next one. Improve might not be the right word. Just out of curiosity, you wouldn't happen to have a 2" ss nut and nipple you'd want to trade for a 2 1/2" one would you?


thanks for the picture. The filled one is nice.
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The filled one is 2 1/2" (63mm). They're kind of a pain in the butt in my opinion.
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The filled one is 2 1/2" (63mm). They're kind of a pain in the butt in my opinion.

you don't like the 2.5" gauge?
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you don't like the 2.5" gauge?
I do. Just not the filled ones so much. The ambient temperature affects the reading a little. And on some regs, they just look too big sometimes.
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It's funny (not literally) sometimes how regulator builds go when using used regulators. Sometimes you put one together and you can do no wrong. Every once in a while, everything goes wrong. Parts show up wrong. Things get screwed up during shipping. And sometimes you just get screwed.

This afternoon I was removing the low pressure gauge from a ir6000. I should have figured to just leave the gauges alone after breaking my favorite crescent wrench trying to remove it. After putting a bigger wrench on the thing, it became very clear that whoever assembled the darn thing didn't use enough tape on the lower threads. I guess I had it coming though. I've gotten really lucky on every ss build I've done so far. That ir6000 would have been fine if I hadn't wanted to improve the gauges. At least I only had 50 into the reg itself.

I guess the lesson learned here would have been to just leave well enough alone.
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