So i have teflon tape, and a 20 0z co2 tank. What else do i need? what is a good regulator ? I want to spend less than $100 on the whole set up and i will buy one of the $5.00 bubble counters.
-20 oz co2 paintball tank
What more do I need ?
You will need some sort of a Needle Valve. This is used on one of the thread opening of the ASA On/Off Valve.
What is a ASA On/Off Valve?
It's a Twist on Valve, that twist directly onto the Paintball Co2 Tank's Thread. Once it's twisted on, by twisting the top knob on the ASA On/Off Valve, it will depress a pin that then depress another pin that's on the Paintball Co2 Tank which will open up a "Pin Valve" and release Co2 gas from the paintball Co2 Tank upwards/outwards through the ASA On/Off Valve.
If the ASA On/Off Valve thread is left open, you will have a massive amount of Co2 gas just shoots out like crazy. This is where a Needle Valve is used. Teflon tape the Needle Valve and screw it in. Keep the Needle Valve closed. This will hold back the Co2 gas from leaving until you fine tune the Needle Valve to a open position so the Co2 gas can escape from there.
One end of the Needle Valve will be 1/8'' or it won't thread onto the ASA On/off Valve. Because ALL ASA On/Off Valve are 1/8'' threaded openings. That being said, you will need a 1/8'' Needle Valve.
The other end of the Needle Valve can be 1/8'' or 1/4''. Both will work. If it's 1/8'' Output, you can use the same size air line tubing to make it work. Make sure it's Co2 gas rated. If it's a 1/4'' Output, you will need a slightly bigger Co2 tubing. Homedepot sells the 1/4'' Co2 Tubing 10 feet for $2.14.
It's a pretty simple setup once you get all the parts needed.
Here is what you need.
-Paintball Co2 tank
-ASA On/Off Valve 1 thread or 2 thread doesn't matter.
-1/8'' Input Needle Valve with 1/4'' output or 1/8'' output.
-Co2 rated tubing
-Check Valve (Optional)
-Drop Checker (Optional)
-Bubble Counter (Optional)
-A way to diffuse the Co2 gas. You can use a Ceramic Glass Diffuser, Hang on filter, Power head, Canister filter, Reactor, Chop stick.. so fort.
Regulator and Solenoid is not needed, the setup will still work without it. A Regulator and Solenoid will be difficult to make it function together, I am currently experimenting it. On the other hand, it works fine without a Regulator or Solenoid.