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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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permaseal fell apart..

so I am in the middle of my leak test by bettatail and when I moved to stage two and removed my regulator from my co2 tank the permaseal fell apart. nothing is broken, the rubber washer just worked itself loose and now I have a loose brass washer and a loose rubber washer and the part it used to be seated on still allen wrenched into my co2 tank. is this normal? should I just remove the rest of my permaseal and go with one of my nylon washers? I hand tightened the reg to the tank and then twisted the reg a inch or so to fully tighten it up - did I tighten it too much or something, thus twisting the rubber around? not that impressed (of course it was only $5, but still)
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 03:20 PM
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I had the same issue unfortunately. The only thing I can really think would do it is overtightening either into the cylinder itself or onto the CGA320 connection. I also found it impossible to reconstruct the permaseal and just ordered 2 more. Granted, they're just sitting around until I stop being lazy. The little plastic seals work just fine temporarily.
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 03:24 PM
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I had the same issue, put the rubber part back on and no leaks so far.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the fast replies - this site is awesome. So you are saying just ditch the brass ring and I will be good. I wonder if there is a chance of the rubber twisting up without the brass retaining ring and forming an inconsistent seal? I think I will just use one of the nylon washers and ditch this $5 POS. I mean how are you supposed to correctly use permaseal - because I don't feel like there is a lot I could have done differently.
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Hi eatfood,

+1 for nvladik's comment. Mine separated and I just put it back together and it has worked for 3 years like that with no leaks.

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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sweet - I guess I am probably over thinking it a little lol.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 10:15 PM
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Most of us stick with nylon washers. They're very simple, and very cheap.

I tried a permaseal once. It ended up cracking. Probably my fault, but then I was (and am) used to the "tighten the crap out of it and you're golden" nylons.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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ha ha - yes the ol tighten the crap out of it. I swear I did not even tighten it that much and this happened. oh well I will try the rubber washer and if that does not work I think I have something like 3 brand new nylons hanging out from not ordering the cga that I really wanted - which I still cannot find - 2" chrome plated.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 10:55 PM
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The standard Victor chrome plated CGA-320 is 2".
nipple: 0985-0008
nut: 0985-0031
washer: 1408-0065

A quick Google search should reveal several suppliers.

If you have 2 1/2" gauges, you may need the 2 1/2" nipple...

If you want a 2 1/2" nipple, you can order one from:

http://www.jandrweldingsupply.com/st.../SpecMenu.html

^ down at the bottom where it says cga parts.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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you da man
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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will a victor nipple work with a western enterprises nut? I assume the nipples are all the same diameter?
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 12:13 AM
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^ yes.
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 03:23 PM
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That's normal. The permaseal is 3 separate pieces. Just reassemble it and it should be fine.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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^do you have a trick for putting all three parts back together or do you just ditch the brass retaining ring?
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 05:44 PM
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No just reassemble it. . I'd have to look at mine to give you further direction. It's been awhile.
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