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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-19-2011, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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I think the universe is telling me to not start up the tank

Hey,

Now I have the next issue. I realized today when I wanted to install my solenoid that the internal threads of the regulator are stripped. Is there a way to rethread the regulator? Can I just screw the solenoid in crooked and duct tape it shut? Or do I have to buy a new regulator now?

This entire project screams failure. I might have to stop. - Sorry for the rant.

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Dealing with high pressure instruments... I wouldn't mess around with it. Time for a new regulator.

If not for the danger, I can see this thing doing serious leaking.


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There are re threading kits you can buy at an automotive supply store. They might work on the regulator, I had to do one on my Carb on the Camaro, and it worked great.


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Duct tape is not the answer... (this time)
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I'm thinking you could thread it with a die, but it's messy and gets oil and little pieces of metal all over. I'm not sure what the inside of the regulator looks like, how hard little metal shavings covered in oil would be to get out of it, or how detrimental said shards would be. I also don't know if the metal around the hole needs to be of a certain thickness for safety's sake, or if there's enough space to begin with. Bear in mind that you'd have to drill out that hole entirely then use the die to cut threads into the new hole. Then you'd have to use an adapter to get it back to the right size.

In similar situations, I've been known to hurl whatever is fubar against a wall and find myself liquid refreshment.


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I'm thinking you could thread it with a die, .

IF you could find the right die that might work. But a standard die kit probably won't have anythign with threads that fine.

And you might not have to drill it out. If you could find the right die you might be able to just run it through and call it good. Teflon tape can fill in any areas that aren't perfect.

But again, I'm not sure that you will be able to find the right die.
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Attempt once. If it leaks, time to move on.
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That tap will work on an NPT tapered thread.
Some CO2 fittings are straight thread.

Hobbes1911, look at the threaded part of the nipple. Does it taper from the top area of the threads, toward the bottom? If so, the tap would probably be a worthwhile investment. If the threading is straight, look for a different tap.
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