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Old 06-20-2008, 01:53 PM   #1
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The screw on my regulator (the one you turn to increase or decrease the PSI) is getting harder and harder to turn. Last night I had to use vice grips to turn it and it was still hard to turn. Anyone ever encountered this or have any ideas what can be done? Maybe I just need a new regulator, can anyone suggest a good brand.

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Old 06-20-2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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Its possible the regulator is getting clogged, but two more likely scenarios are that you have beer backed up from a keg and no check valve...OR...have you checked the lock nut to make sure you arent fighting that every time you adjust it?

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Could be the locknut, or may be need some lube. See if you can back it all the way out and look at the threads.

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Old 06-20-2008, 03:50 PM   #4
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Try to back it out all the way and put some graphite on it. There seem to be a plague of regulators out there with aluminum bodies and steel screws, which is a very bad combination in a damp environment.

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Well I backed the screw all the way out and with it came the internal weld. So i ordered a new dual regulator set-up with thumb knobs from micromatic. Hopefully my regulator woes are over.

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