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Old 09-15-2014, 01:44 AM   #1
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First reg build is almost done!


Here it is awaiting final testing and loctite to dry. Is there some trick to getting parts straight?
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Thanks everyone for all the help! Special thanks to bettatail for some parts and answering my numerous PMs!
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:38 AM   #2
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I expected it to look like this though…
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:30 AM   #3
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I added an extra elbow because I was having trouble getting it to fit in its allotted space. The style you picture is much more attractive looking but unfourtnatly it didn't seem to fit.
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Old 09-15-2014, 01:39 PM   #4
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Definitely a unique design!
Don't forget to leak test all the joints.
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:07 PM   #5
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Out of curiosity, why did you leave that secondary valve (smaller black knob) to the left of the main regulator? It's not needed and makes your setup bigger than it needs to be.
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:25 PM   #6
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I couldn't get it off with out taking off the gauge and the gauge was stuck... Also I don't mind having redundant shutoffs in case something goes wronf
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:26 PM   #7
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Trick to getting parts straight? The trick is that we often worry toooo much. We want to crank things down way too far to avoid leaks. Truth is that leaks are not the big problem if we use tape or sealer and just turn things somewhat tight and then quit when things are lined up at the angle we want. Sometimes we can back the fitting off just a bit and make it straight without it leaking but it is more sure to get it right if we go with the old practice of finger or hand tight and then a 1/4 to a/2 turn more. That is usually enough to set the tape or sealer into the threads and make a good seal. Part of making it easy depends on using tools that are better suited. A 8-10 inch Crescent wrench is nice to hold things better than chewing them up with pliers.
But then life is often done without the best conditions?
As for knowing when they line up? That takes a bit of sharp looking!
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:26 PM   #8
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I couldn't get it off with out taking off the gauge and the gauge was stuck... Also I don't mind having redundant shutoffs in case something goes wronf
Ahhhhh... Makes sense.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:31 PM   #9
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Leaking testing starts as soon as I get home! (:
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:55 AM   #10
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A few joints failed the bubble test so I disassembled them and resealed them with Loctite 592 thread sealant I found in the garage, very messy and has an oddly annoying smell. So far it seems to have worked well, it also allowed the parts to screw together farther then they did before.
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:15 AM   #11
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That's also another way to get things lined up. Take it apart and put a different amount of tape on the joint.
But then telling a guy to take it all apart seems kind of abusing a guy who just got it screwed together. It may make it line up but it is NOT my favorite thing to do!
Just as a side note. Any further work of this type will usually be much easier to get the joints right. Just part of the learning curve?
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:19 AM   #12
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Very true. Still haven't master the whole alignment thing as after putting it back together it looks different then it did before.
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Old 09-17-2014, 04:17 AM   #13
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Check out locktite 5772 you can put stuff finger tight and you won't have any leaks. Great stuff.
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Seems like the loctite did the trick! No leaks that I could find. I'll post updated pics in a bit
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