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post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 02-01-2010, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Diy drop checker

Well after trying multiple variations, I ended with this. This is the bubble counter from my milwaukee regulator. Not everyone will have this just laying around but since my needle valve was shot, I had no use for this counter.


bubble counter
air line
bic pen and plastic ziploc baggie
old suction cup

I capped the end with the bic pen(using the ziploc baggie as a seal around the pen), then trimmed the bag off. I then melted the bag and cap end slightly with my bic lighter until rounded and uniform. I used superglue to extra seal the cap it the end of the counter.

I inverted the air line attachment and moved the gasket(self-explanatory) so the air line nipple was inside the bubble counter. I snipped a short piece of air line to fit inside(and also drilled out the brass fitting slightly for a larger internal diameter hole on the nipple fitting) and cut the top end of the air line at a 45 so there is plenty of airspace around the top of the air line. The drill step seems optional to me but I do love to tinker!

I inserted the ziptie through the suction cup and attached it to the body of the counter/checker

What do you think? I will insert it into the tank tomorrow.
Comments please -Thanks alot guys

EDIT- I also have another idea for drop check using glass aquarium heater tube and map-gas, muhaaahaaaaa

Last edited by tyler79durdan; 02-15-2010 at 02:38 PM.
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