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Old 04-16-2009, 11:31 PM   #1
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Default Can't Remove shutoff valve from CO2 regulator

I'm trying to remove the shutoff valve from my CO2 regulator to install a tee fitting for a dual faucet setup. It seems to be stuck and I'm having a lot of trouble removing it. Any tips on how to remove it?



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Old 04-17-2009, 12:38 AM   #2
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Got a picture?



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Old 04-17-2009, 01:46 AM   #3
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Welcome to HBT!

Now then, what methods have you tried to remove it? Have you clamped the regulator and tried using a pipe or channel lock wrench(those have more leverage over your run of the mill wrench...) and turning?

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Old 04-17-2009, 01:49 AM   #4
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:23 PM   #5
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Here'a a picture of what my regulator looks like (generic picture that i pulled off the net). I've taken a wrench to the circled part and it won't budge. I also tried using PB Blaster and gave it a good soak, but that also did not work. I don't own a pipe wrench or a channel lock wrench so I haven't given that a try. Part of the bolt was also stripped off when I tried to unscrew it, so at this point I may be SOL.


I think I'll probably just opt to use one of these for the time being
and eventually upgrade to this:

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Old 04-17-2009, 02:33 PM   #6
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WD40 usually works. Sounds like someone may have used the wrong pipe joint compound on it. Also some bozo's use epoxy on threads and I won't name names but Midwest Brewing comes to mind.

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Old 04-17-2009, 02:55 PM   #7
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Sooooooo, why not just plumb to a barbed tee and keep the SO attached?

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Old 04-17-2009, 03:47 PM   #8
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Sometimes regulators have left handed threads instead of the normal right handed. You might actually be tightening it rather than loosening it.

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Sometimes regulators have left handed threads instead of the normal right handed. You might actually be tightening it rather than loosening it.
My first thought.
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Old 04-17-2009, 04:01 PM   #10
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Well, I can say that I removed mine and it was a right handed pipe thread. You should be able to see a portion of the remaining threads and make a left/right determination.
Mine looks very similar to yours and it was a bugger to get out. A big wench and a bench vice.
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