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Glad to see it made it to you. Did you use the Teflon tape on the cga nipple when connecting to the regulator or on your paintball to cga adaptor or both. It should have tape on the threads of the nipple. I use tape on all connections except the threads of the tank itself. As long as your careful to not get any extra that may get ripped off and make its way in the regulator body. Also are you going to use that huge regulator on a paintball tank or are you just using that to test it?

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Glad to see it made it to you. Did you use the Teflon tape on the cga nipple when connecting to the regulator or on your paintball to cga adaptor or both. It should have tape on the threads of the nipple. I use tape on all connections except the threads of the tank itself. As long as your careful to not get any extra that may get ripped off and make its way in the regulator body. Also are you going to use that huge regulator on a paintball tank or are you just using that to test it?
I've read that you're not supposed to use tape on the nipple to the regulator as you may get tape in the regulator body. More reading shows this to be controversial since many people do it. There is no tape on the paintball adapter or the tank but there is a washer between the nipple and the adapter and another between the adapter and the paintball tank.

For the time being I'll be using the regulator on paintball tanks. I have 2 that I'm using but got sick of the cheap ASA on/off valve. I am watching craigslist for a 5# tank and will probably upgrade when a cheap one comes up.

I just found two threads from Bettatail that say the O series valves will work so I'm hopeful again.

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I've read that you're not supposed to use tape on the nipple to the regulator as you may get tape in the regulator body. More reading shows this to be controversial since many people do it.
Where have you read this? I would recommend that you use PTFE tape on the nipple to the regulator.

The only place you should not use teflon is on the CGA320 connection that is on the CO2 cylinder.

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Where have you read this? I would recommend that you use PTFE tape on the nipple to the regulator.

The only place you should not use teflon is on the CGA320 connection that is on the CO2 cylinder.
I saw it on here yesterday at least twice. I didn't bookmark the threads.
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I've always heard to use tape and just make sure you dont take the tape all the way to the end of the threads. Leave a small gap at the end so that the tape doesnt get caught in the flow path.

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Got the solenoid wired up and it's working well. I think today I'll try plugging it in for a couple hours and see how hot it gets.

So I plugged it in and 50 minutes later it's scolding hot. Maybe I use this short term and keep an eye out for an inexpensive, lower wattage one? Do cheap, low-voltage, stainless solenoids go up on eBay very often?

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Got the solenoid wired up and it's working well. I think today I'll try plugging it in for a couple hours and see how hot it gets.

So I plugged it in and 50 minutes later it's scolding hot. Maybe I use this short term and keep an eye out for an inexpensive, lower wattage one? Do cheap, low-voltage, stainless solenoids go up on eBay very often?
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there is a solenoid you might want to consider, I've been eyeing it for two years, never pull the trigger...

cheap, low-voltage, stainless steel solenoid are super rare, that is why I release the information of different metering valves but not the solenoids, did the research around the same time, about 3 years ago.
metering valves are always available, especially the swagelok metering valves, but the really good solenoids, are rare, and due to different design and quality issue I have to personally get the possible models, and test them.
just like the stainless steel SMC VDW21 solenoids deal last year, I will inform the hobbyists if I see any good solenoids show up with large quantity, I will get some for myself as well.

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Well, ordered a new solenoid thanks to Bettatail. It runs cooler and was cheaper than the hot one. He's such a cool guy!
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Where have you read this? I would recommend that you use PTFE tape on the nipple to the regulator.

The only place you should not use teflon is on the CGA320 connection that is on the CO2 cylinder.
*Agreed

Not very likely to happen if you know what you're doing. Or for people with inlet screen filters on their regulators. I think it's fine to use teflon on nipples to regulators.

Have you seen people with ASA with watts needle valves on paintball tanks? Now that takes some brass..... uhm.. fittings to do.



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*Agreed

Not very likely to happen if you know what you're doing. Or for people with inlet screen filters on their regulators. I think it's fine to use teflon on nipples to regulators.

Have you seen people with ASA with watts needle valves on paintball tanks? Now that takes some brass..... uhm.. fittings to do.
I'm using an ASA/watts setup on my paintball tank right now. This build will be replacing it once I get all the pieces.
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The replacement gauge came in and now it looks much better.




Still waiting for the needle valve. I think I may use this regulator on my big tank since I don't need fine tuning due to my pH controller. Then I can use my S series needle valve to fine tune my small tank.

[EDIT]: Stupid question.. If I'm using a reactor and a pH controller, do I even need a needle valve? Can I just use the regulator to adjust pressure?
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The replacement gauge came in and now it looks much better.




Still waiting for the needle valve. I think I may use this regulator on my big tank since I don't need fine tuning due to my pH controller. Then I can use my S series needle valve to fine tune my small tank.

[EDIT]: Stupid question.. If I'm using a reactor and a pH controller, do I even need a needle valve? Can I just use the regulator to adjust pressure?
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Got a few new regulators coming from a deal I couldn't pass up. Have to decide which to use..

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I got in the solenoid that Betatail recommended and wired it up to a 24v 1a power supply. It lets off an extremely loud buzzing sound. Does this mean the solenoid is bad?
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buzzing sound?
I believe this solenoid is DC input, why there is AC hum?

list the spec of the solenoid, and the power supply adapter, full detail, so I can see what is wrong.
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