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building pressurized co2 system need help with regulator

i want to build or buy a co2 system.
will this regulator work ok?






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That should work fine, but keep in mind that you will need to get at least a needle valve for that regulator to control the bubble count. You might also want a solenoid and bubble counter as well.
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yes i was just reading up on that, i might be better off buying a used unit on ebay to save me the time and money lol
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i'd recommend the milwaukee as a nice all in one. I have two of those.
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thatpetplace has it for $88, they will price match tsunamiaquatic.com's preice of $78.99

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Here is the milwakee one.i guess all i need with this is a tank? can use a paintball tank for this without an adapter or do i need an adapter? thanks


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Here is the milwakee one.i guess all i need with this is a tank? can use a paintball tank for this without an adapter or do i need an adapter? thanks


http://cgi.ebay.com/Milwaukee-MA957-...QQcmdZViewItem


I don't know what a paintball tank looks like so I can't comment on that. You will need a diffusor though. looks like your ebay auction comes with tubing. other than the tank... that's it!... oh i'd get a check valve... especially if you plan to put it on a timer.
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Here is the milwakee one.i guess all i need with this is a tank? can use a paintball tank for this without an adapter or do i need an adapter? thanks


http://cgi.ebay.com/Milwaukee-MA957-...QQcmdZViewItem
that's a good price.. i'd get it.. I assembled one myself and it cost around $100.

I don't think that'll work with a paintball co2.
Might as well find a used 5lb or 10lb tank for under $80.


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I don't know what a paintball tank looks like so I can't comment on that. You will need a diffusor though. looks like your ebay auction comes with tubing. other than the tank... that's it!... oh i'd get a check valve... especially if you plan to put it on a timer.
yeah, get 2 mini check valves. check the equipment forum for info.


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i need to figure out the fire extinguiser modification so i can use one of them instead of a 75.00 tank to save some money
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Where have you seen a fire extinguisher modification?
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the valves are very different on paintball cylinders. that regulator wont fit on there.

you have to take off the valve coming out of the bottom of that regulator with the little red knob. this is only good when youre using it as a beer tap. it provides very course adjustment, like a 90 degree turn of from full open to close.
needle valve is absolutey necessary.

i would buy a regulator that already has this. a solenoid is a nice thing to have but not necessary. same with a bubble counter. you can unhook the line and dip it in the tank when you need to know the bubble count.

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If you decide to make one, Rex shows how it's done.
http://www.rexgrigg.com/regulator.htm

I think that commercial grade regulator with a Fabco needle valve or either a Swagelok or Ideal metering valve would be great. That commercial regulator has it's own check valve, automatic flow control plus it has a permanent Quad-Ring inlet seal on the primary gauge.

A solenoid is optional.

You can DIY a bubble counter easily.

I just bought a 20# aluminum CO2 cylinder with that was just tested and it's not due for another test for 5 years. $I paid 50 for it.

You'd need a drop checker w/4 dKH solution.

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