I have a few questions before I proceed with putting my regulator together.
This is the basic connection setup for my post body as it actually fits together. The connections are all Swagelok, Clippard, or SMC. If you see anything wrong with my idea or have a suggestion, please comment.
1/4 NPT - 10/32 female reducer
10/32 male stud
Clippard Manifold with Mouse Solenoid
1/8 NPT male stud
1/8 NPT Female Elbow
1/8 NPT SMC piston check valve
Bubble Counter on top of check valve. (Still waiting for it in the mail) I'm not sure how it will connect to the smc check valve yet.
My questions are basic.
1.) Is there anything wrong with putting my post body together, hand tight, without tape/dope just to get an idea of how its going to work out? It feels like the connections get pretty tight about halfway on..
2.) Can I attach my H3L directly to the Clippard Mouse manifold or should I have a check valve, or basic extension between them? I tried it earlier today but it got pretty tight about halfway on and so I backed it out and put it down for now.
3.) Can one install too many check valves? Should I have check valves anywhere in the post body line before the final SMC valve and bubble counter?
4.) What works best? Pipe dope or tape? I understand sometimes you can get stuff inside the regulator on accident so I was thinking of using pipe dope only?
That's all my questions for now, I have a lot more but I won't wear you guys out with them. Thanks for reading, and any comments to help me with my first build!