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Old 05-20-2011, 02:39 AM   #1
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Default Do I need a washer between this regulator and my C02 tank?

Until just recently reading up a bit, I didn't know it was common to need washers between the regulator and C02 tank. Though, I have read that some regulators are made so you don't need a washer. Here's a picture of my reg. As you can see there is a black rubber gasket on mine. Is this sufficient or do I need a washer as well. The reason I ask, is that I think I may have a very slow leak somewhere in my setup and am wondering if this could be the culprit.

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Old 05-20-2011, 02:43 AM   #2
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I would put one in there...one time use, about 15 cents, and piece of mind...but, i haven't heard of one that doesnt't use one, so i could be wrong...

Best thing is to spray every connection with soap/starsan/sanitizer solution, and check for leaks.

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I would put one in there...one time use, about 15 cents, and piece of mind...but, i haven't heard of one that doesnt't use one, so i could be wrong...

Best thing is to spray every connection with soap/starsan/sanitizer solution, and check for leaks.
I have and haven't found any leaks as of yet using both a soapy solution and starsan. I know the online sites cary these washers...is it anything special? Something I can get at home depot/lowes?
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I think its a fiber washer, but i know some people have cut them from gasket kits sold at the hardware stores..my local homebrew store (lhbs) had them for cheap if you have one nearby...otherwise, search the forums and see what you find

Good luck! Leaks are a pain

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I think its a fiber washer, but i know some people have cut them from gasket kits sold at the hardware stores..my local homebrew store (lhbs) had them for cheap if you have one nearby...otherwise, search the forums and see what you find

Good luck! Leaks are a pain
Thanks. Yeah, looks like my LHBS does carry them. I'll pick one up this weekend. Hopefully that'll take care of it.
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That's a double seal oring already in the groove on that flange. No extra gasket needed.

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That's a double seal oring already in the groove on that flange. No extra gasket needed.
There you go! Double check your connections? Or bobby, do those wear out?
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There you go! Double check your connections? Or bobby, do those wear out?
I was thinking the same thing, although mine does seem to be in decent shape. If I did put a washer on it, is it one of those things that would do more harm than good since it's not designed to use one, or would it be ok to throw one on there, just to eliminate that problem from the equation?
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You could put a washer on, but I'd take the oring out of the slot first. The oring might be failing, but you should be able to carefully take it out and inspect the sealing surfaces for nicks. If it's leaking though, a soapy water test would reveal it.

Why do you think you have a slow leak?

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Do you need to apply keg lube to those built in o-rings on the TapRite regulators, or leave dry?

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