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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-26-2020, 03:30 AM
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As to what you paid for the regulator, only you can say if it was worth it. If after receiving the regulator you are happy with the purchase then yes, it was worth it. The regulator is however most definitely usable. It is the regulator I myself use and have had zero issues with. I do believe that Bettatail is correct in it being a Concoa 312 rebrand.

I built a very basic regulator set-up with mine.

it is not a very basic, it is actually a really good combination, one of the best and most available solenoids and a very good precision Hoke milli mite metering valve.

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Whatís a good gauge to replace whatís on there? If they look ok Iíll leave them but if they look dingey Iíll want to put new ones on. Maybe even a lower LP gauge...like 0-100. Is there a go to brand or anything?
what is wrong with the gauge? do you have the regulator yet? see if you can find the part number on the regulator, you can check its output pressure range according to concoa 312 PDF.


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I checked out the Tescom and APTech regulators. Itís hard to tell from the pictures what can be removed from them. Ideally the small nipples with vcr fitting can be removed and then I could weld either 1/8Ē or 1/4Ē threaded couplings directly over the empty port. Iím not sure how those vcr fittings attach to the body though...threaded...or all one solid piece?

What are yíall using to seal your threads? Teflon tape? Pipe dope? Both? On the cleaner builds no Teflon tape is visible outside of the joint, and clean is definitely the look Iím going for.
those regulator either have female VCR ports on the regulator body or 1/4 OD tubes as VCR male port extender, the tubes are welded to the regulator body.

To seal the threads, for stainless steel NPT ports, I use high density teflon tape(Gray, white/blue), because it is the best to avoid galling. for brass fitting ports, I use blue or red loctite, much convenient than tape.
I don't use pipe dope, it moves under high pressure and really messy.


check this one, a rare swagelok S series double metering valve on welded tubes/VCR.
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check this one, a rare swagelok S series double metering valve on welded tubes/VCR.
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Itís also a good idea to swap those needle to fix a broken one.
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Itís also a good idea to swap those needle to fix a broken one.
it is really good idea, two upper section of S series body with needles, good deal.


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You've mentioned changing the meters if they don't suit, so thought to throw in what I like. Ilike the 0-60 range meters as they have better resolution in the are we use most often for the low pressure we use. That kind of flies in the face of "normal" for what the regs will often come with and it does add a touch of danger to using them but not much. Depends more on the user than the actual meter.
The theory is that the higher the reg max pressure, the higher the output meter will read and that might/could/may make it a bit of hazard if one is prone to messing up! Idea is that, even though we can set a 0-60 to a more exact point like 18 PSI, where we would have to guess on a 0-200 PSI meter, the odds of a bit of high pressure getting through the reg to hit the low meter is more hazard to a meter that maxs out at 60 versus 200.
But that is where the user comes in as I am careful to turn the output pressure down to cut off the flow to the low meter EVERY time before I open the tank valve. But there is the theory that one could bend /break a low meter if it is too low, even on a dual stage reg. Not sure how many times it happens but theory says it might?
Being a good welder, you've probably got quite a lot of "careful" built in the genes!
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Plantedrich thanks that’s very useful information for anyone, regarding the sequence you open valves in. And trust me I know a little bit about “careful”. Hopefully the gauges look good, but I know me and I know that if they have the tiniest hint of yellow to the white in them, I’ll scrap them and get new ones. I’ll know soon enough. Parts are coming to my house now, but it kinda sucks because I had to come do a job down in south Florida so it’s looking like it’ll be next weekend before I can start my build. There’s lots of lizards down here though!
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Well I tried to test out a different way to upload pictures. I’m not sure how to make them actually part of my post and not just thumbnails at the bottom. Oh well.

So I put my regulator together today. I polished all the fittings and realized it’s a pain. Did it anyways. I used thread tape and loc tite on all joints and no leaks. Also I did see that my regulator had some kind of tarnish on it, could of been a result of where ever it was being used or stored. Took the dremmel to it and got it off. I wish I knew how to embed the pics in my actual post because I feel like a step by step would be easier like that. Let me know if y’all have any questions. Thanks.
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it is really nice!


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