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sealmode 12-01-2012 06:44 PM

How To: Dual Gauge Regulator
 
I recently purchased an Aquatek Premium Regulator(adjustable working pressure) for a paintball 20oz setup and I was looking for a little assistance on adjusting the working pressure.

Initially the working pressure was at about 20 PSI, and I increased the working pressure and it jumped to 40 PSI. I then backed off the working pressure adjustable knob but it didn't seem to adjust lower.

I then started to adjust needle valve etc and trying different combinations.

Right now the working pressure is at ~65 PSI, I increased the pressure but again backed off it.

I dont feel like the system is running at 65 PSI just based on how much I have it flowing. Will this go down over some time and how should i best adjust the Regulator? If i started with the working pressure and needle valve in the off position, what is the recommended method to adjust it?

Thanks in advance

Darkblade48 12-01-2012 07:42 PM

It will take a bit of time for the pressure to drop from the 40 PSI (or 65 PSI now) back whatever the set value is (after you backed it off).

Just let the CO2 flow for a little while, and you should see it decrease.

I would just let your regulator off gas first (with the CO2 main cylinder closed). This will reset everything back to zero (make sure that the regulator knob is still dialed in (clockwise) so that any gas remaining in the regulator can be released. Of course, you could just unscrew the regulator from the CO2 cylinder as well...)

In any case, once that is done, just make sure your CO2 knob is completely backed off (counter clockwise) and your needle valve is open.

Open the CO2 main cylinder valve. The high pressure gauge should read the CO2 cylinder pressure.

Slowly turn the regulator knob clockwise until you reach the desired delivery pressure, and then adjust the flow further with the needle valve.

That's all there is to it.

sealmode 12-01-2012 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Darkblade48 (Post 2095728)
Just let the CO2 flow for a little while, and you should see it decrease.

I would just let your regulator off gas first (with the CO2 main cylinder closed). This will reset everything back to zero (make sure that the regulator knob is still dialed in (clockwise) so that any gas remaining in the regulator can be released. Of course, you could just unscrew the regulator from the CO2 cylinder as well...)

Thanks for the reply Darkblade48. Im a little confused here on your suggestion to let it off gas by closing the main cylinder(the regulator knob counter-clockwise), but also keep the regulator knob dialed in(clockwise) for the remaining gas will be released?

I must be interpreting this wrong

kevmo911 12-01-2012 08:19 PM

The cylinder is the tank filled with CO2. The knob on the top of that thing is what you'd turn off first.

sealmode 12-01-2012 08:49 PM

I ended up unscrewing the regulator from the tank and it zero'd it out. I then re-initialized the c02 setup with the above directions and its working well. ~30 PSI w/ and about 1bps

Darkblade48 12-01-2012 09:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sealmode (Post 2095776)
Thanks for the reply Darkblade48. Im a little confused here on your suggestion to let it off gas by closing the main cylinder(the regulator knob counter-clockwise), but also keep the regulator knob dialed in(clockwise) for the remaining gas will be released?

I must be interpreting this wrong

Quote:

Originally Posted by kevmo911 (Post 2095778)
The cylinder is the tank filled with CO2. The knob on the top of that thing is what you'd turn off first.

As kevmo911 mentioned, the main cylinder knob refers to the CO2 cylinder knob, not the regulator knob.

Quote:

Originally Posted by sealmode (Post 2095809)
I ended up unscrewing the regulator from the tank and it zero'd it out. I then re-initialized the c02 setup with the above directions and its working well. ~30 PSI w/ and about 1bps

I am glad it worked out for you in the end.

sealmode 12-01-2012 09:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kevmo911 (Post 2095778)
The cylinder is the tank filled with CO2. The knob on the top of that thing is what you'd turn off first.

Is there a cylinder knob on a paintball 20oz tank?

Darkblade48 12-01-2012 10:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sealmode (Post 2095870)
Is there a cylinder knob on a paintball 20oz tank?

Ah, I was not aware you were using a paintball CO2 cylinder.

Most paintball cylinders just have a pin that is depressed to release the gas. If you disconnect the regulator from the paintball cylinder, the gas will not escape due to this pin.

In any case, removing the regulator from the paintball cylinder and then allowing it to release the gas that is in the regulator is the fastest way to reset everything.

sealmode 12-03-2012 04:18 PM

Perfect, thanks all is working well now! :)


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