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Old 02-27-2010, 04:09 PM   #11
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Wow, mine ended up being ~1/2" female, at least it threads in OK but leaks a bit...A couple thousand pounds of pressure makes me jumpy.
Ya, that fitting is a bit oversized. 5 wraps of teflon tape and you should be fine for the 1/2" fitting.

BTW, CO2 is about 800 PSI at room temperature, but ya, definitely dangerous! Be careful and wear gloves/eye protection just in case something goes horribly wrong!
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:47 AM   #12
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Next time you fill your 20# tank, swap it out for one with a dip tube. that way you won't have to flip the big tank over. It's much safer.

There's lots of videos out there around showing how to refill a paintball tank. It's the same principle for the 5# CO2.

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Old 03-06-2010, 03:52 PM   #13
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Next time you fill your 20# tank, swap it out for one with a dip tube. that way you won't have to flip the big tank over. It's much safer.
If you build a small stand to invert the tank, it's actually safer than a free-standing upright tank. It's difficult to topple a stand (wider base) but pretty easy to topple a free-standing tank, at least that's my experience.

As far as the dip tube, the places in my town that stock dip tube tanks are more expensive than the welding shops. So, there is an economic advantage, at least for me.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:55 PM   #14
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It's pretty straightforward. You'll need the followings items:

1.) Fill Station


2.) CGA320 Adapter


3.) 1/4" x 1/8" Female Coupling (to connect the CGA320 adapter)


4.) Fill Station Muffler (recommend)


The parts can be purchased on ebay and at your local hardware store (or McMaster).

You'll need a stand to hold the 20lb tank upside down. This ensures you're filling the destination tank with liquid CO2. You'll also need to freeze the destination tank prior to filling, or you can purge the destination tank with a couple ounces of CO2 to quickly chill it.

Like the other poster stated, be sure to get an accurate scale and fill it ~90% to weight. If you overfill the tank, it will likely rupture the safety disc after it warms up.
Looking to build my own fill station and was wondering about the steel braid used in the prebuilt ones on ebay. Anyone know where I can get the high pressure hoses necessary to handle the temps and pressures of a CO2 tank?

Is it just cheaper and easier to buy the premade stations?

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Old 12-09-2012, 11:15 PM   #15
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Got mine made from high pressure hyd/pneu hose rated at 5800psi as I needed a line for my Nitro tank as well, which is 3000psi they cut me a good deal as I only needed a small line and they had some cut pieces under 2 feet had 4 lines made for 28 bucks had 1/4 flare fitting ends.

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Default Be sure to get RH thread CGA320 adapter

I had an extra regulator that I had parted out so I thought I would be frugal and use the CGA320 adapter that was on it. I received the paintball adapter and 1/4 to 1/8 adapter in the mail. I was happy to get started taking the CGA320 adapter off my old regulator and put this apparatus together . After a hard tug, then looking at the threads, I realized it had LH threads. FML. Now I've got to wait another week to get the new adapter from eBay. Should have checked out what I had before I started ordering, or in this case, not ordering.

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