Co2 Technical problem..AGAIN. This is torture...Need some help
I have a pressurized co2 system.
v_v GAHH!!, I have to present what I have, story and everything...okay listen up..
I know it's long, but please bear with me, you will get to the main problem I am having soon after hearing about the hardwares I am using, etc
I am currently using Rex Grigg's Regulator combo, comes with the ideal needle valve, clippard solenoid built onto teh regulator, co2 tubing, check valves, etc everything setup to get ready for one nice tank running with co2....eh, he sent me a bad low pressure gauge that is blown, or bent from the inside, but it still works...the PSI only reaches 20 PSI and beyond that, the meter gets blocked and I will not know what PSI I will have....low pressure can still climb though even with that bent, I know. As time moves on, I later got myself a nice rack of three ten gallons close to my main 60 gallon tank. Therefore with time, I decided to buy a 4 port manifold, (installed it, supported by a 1/8" elbow and a extender, under clippard solenoid's 1/8" threading hole or w/e you call it, I am such a noob at this), to provide all tanks with co2, this manifold is from orlando. Faced a problem with only two co2 lines working when i first installed it on my rex regulator =_= the other two lines end isn't working to gas off, so I harshly ignored the problem, so be it with 2 tanks with co2, I stayed with the 2 ports, and on the mean time, I eventually ran out of co2..........Need a co2 fill, so I called my local paintball shop, they said they don't have co2 and they will be closed until February something. What a bummer.
So here's the catch, I found a new paintball location! So I bought a co2 fill yesterday morning, FINALLY;after a painstaking 3 weeks gone by with no co2, and all work and schooling most of the time.
Cool! So yeah! Got co2 filled, cheap price, all happy, got home, co2 installation! wrenched the regulator's nut as tight as possible, turned the valve on, applied working pressure, and there goes the co2! The 2 bubble counters (that are only working) are working great, I can see the bubbles per second! Alright! GREAT!...So what's up then, you ask? The co2 is not creating enough pressure inside the co2 tubing to push the water that is in the co2 tubing (it's forced to stay put in check valve.. familiar?) back into the tank... It's not even pushing anything. NOTHING. I tested the tubing in a cup of water, nothing. HOWEVER the bubbles are still going inside the bubble counters!? So that's whats trippin'!!!!!I know I have the cap, and the o-rings on real tight! I thought I may have tangle the co2 tubing because I needed to screw in the cap which is connected with the co2 tubing, so I unscrewed the co2 bubble counter cap it was all tangly but it looked like it isnt able to restrict co2 flow..and BAMM I TESTED FOR CO2 AND NO FRICKIN CO2 NOW. Sheesh! I got home all excited and this is what I get, what a day. Technical problem. GOD. I need to call that co2/plant technician and get this done with, nope!, I don't think so! unfortunately it's not that easy, HUH. I bought this co2 stuff, so I have to know how to fix things myself. This is maddening! Considering I am really just a co2 tech amateur, I am a little on the inexperienced side..., ya know, it's so truely frustrating.... it's really is and it's a ***** I have to do this fixing by myself...online support sometimes just isn't enough to understand I just the experience! GRRR......I have gone through ups and downs, smiles and frowns, going through the pains of getting so many problems, incidents, spending a lot of money on this stuff, and trying to fix things myself and ignoring the problems, and nooow this?! I FEEL WASTED! Right now, I feel like taking down my three 10 gallons because of all these failures! Just having this problem is such a big letdown for me. It's aggravating!!! You have to admit, everything is not perfect...
*Sigh* Alright enough ranting, Let's get on how to fix these incidents Okay so I have come to the conclusion I believe that there is a malfunction going on inside the regulator? either that or it could it be a air leakage, which I highly doubt (I sealed the threading areas with extra pipe dope, it should be well sealed I believe. The last three folds can be twisted up and down at the same time, but I think the pipe dope is still doing it's job to seal co2? or should it be extremely tight like with blue glue??).
Do you guys know where I can find a great place (yes, I'm looking for that awesome place to get this madness over with) to have my regulator fixed? And have them take a look at my manifold too? what do you guys think of the American Ace hardware store? Never been there. Do they have folks that can help me out?
Right now, If there was a chance for someone from another state or mine, that is willing to help me fix this issue I am having by themselves, I would not care to spend the money to have my broken regulator shipped to them and have them look at it... I would do whatever it takes just to get this reg/manifold fixed from pro's. And I would love this done and be done with it.
I'm willing to pay up for anyone who is willing to help me out with this. ANY CALIFORNIANS HERE??
I will handle the shipping and the cost of the fix. Just let me know.
If there is no live help, PLEASE JUST GUIDE ME HERE. I BEG OF YOU ALL. HELP ME END THIS UTTER GAS FAILING CHAOS