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CO2 Art Regulator Help Needed

Hi guys, so I just got a co2 tank for my pressurized system but I had a leak during my setup and realized that I forgot to attached the nylon washer to the end of the regulator. Problem is, I dont know how to install it? There doesnt seem to be an edge for it to slide onto. Any ideas? Thanks!!
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put the washer in the nut, tighten the nut to the co2 cylinder outlet
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It doesnt fit flush. Everytime I just toss it in and tighten, i lose a bunch of co2. It doesnt seem to fit anywhere
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put the washer in the nut, tighten the nut to the co2 cylinder outlet
Nevermind, you were right. Turns out I didn't tighten it enough because I'm clueless with pressurized Co2.

Thanks for the help. Gonna pretend like this didn't happen now....
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Nevermind, you were right. Turns out I didn't tighten it enough because I'm clueless with pressurized Co2.

Thanks for the help. Gonna pretend like this didn't happen now....
it is fine, if I didn't shot dead my milwaukee co2 regulator on first use, I wouldn't start getting into DIY co2.


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Okay, now I'm pretty sure something is wrong. Last night I was testing everything with a working pressure around 30 and when I unplugged the solenoid, I still get co2 coming out. Today, I was playing with it a bit more and even when I turn the main tank valve off, if I open the regulator, it's still draining co2. Seems like no matter what I do, co2 is still coming out. I'm completely new to this stuff amd of course there are zero instructions that come with these so I'm lost. Only way I can get everything to stop is if I close all 3 valves and have the solenoid off. Any suggestions?
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If you have a co2 line hooked up to the regulator output and to a diffuser on the other end, it will take a bit for the co2 that has filled and pressurized the co2 tubing and diffuser to fully "depressurize" through the diffuser into the tank after the solenoid shuts off the flow. That is normal.

If you have no tubing and diffuser hooked up and the solenoid shuts off but the regulator is still putting out co2 through the solenoid, there is probably an issue with the solenoid. if there is no indicator light, when you plug it in the solenoid opens and when you unplug it, it shuts off. There is usually an audible click when that happens.

A call to CO2Art might be in order to discuss with them if your solenoid is not shutting off the flow of gas when unplugged or the power to it is switched off.
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Okay, I have the tank on as I would if I were to have the Co2 pumping at 2-3 bubbles a second. Once I unplug the solenoid, I'm still getting about 1 bubble a second without a diffuser attached. Can anyone let me know if it's something I'm doing wrong or is this regulator just not working?
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1 bubble /second for how long?

if after 10 minutes the solenoid power off, the co2 still slowly passing through, there might be debris stuck at the solenoid valve door/seat.
you can perform a blow cleaning to see if the debris gone.

blow cleaning:
1.dismount bubble counter(or detach the air hose from the bubble counter)
2.needle valve wide open
3.hook up the regulator to the co2 tank
4.turn on co2 tank
5.turn on the regulator to about max output pressure
6.turn on the solenoid for half second on/off several times, let co2 passing through really fast in pulse.
7. turn on the solenoid for 2-3 seconds, let co2 passing through really fast(after step 6).

if above not work, you need to take a part the solenoid (from the top coil section), clean the area when you see the solenoid valve door/rubber seat(clean the valve door/rubber seat as well).
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I have the exact same regulator and I thought the same thing when I first got it. I find the flow takes about 20 minutes to completely stop. I'm pretty sure its just the remaining gas coming out that's between the solenoid and needle valve.
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