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Old 11-15-2012, 05:11 PM   #1
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So I have tightened everything and still can't seem to locate the leak. As you can see the second gauge is pinned even though I have turned the gas off on that one. I pull the release valve and it just shoots right back up. I've burned this tank of gas in two weeks . What should I do? My system has always worked perfectly so I don't have mush experience in the trouble shooting department.

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Old 11-15-2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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Sounds like that body is stuck. Take it apart to find the actual cause. I would get a 'rebuild kit' for the body/regulator first though. Since there's no real way to know what you'll find in there. I'd also put some check valves on the regulator where the gas lines connect to it.

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Old 11-15-2012, 05:22 PM   #3
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Sounds like that body is stuck. Take it apart to find the actual cause. I would get a 'rebuild kit' for the body/regulator first though. Since there's no real way to know what you'll find in there. I'd also put some check valves on the regulator where the gas lines connect to it.
what part is the body? lol
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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what part is the body? lol
It's the shiny part between the gauges. The part that has the knob you turn to control the amount of gas coming out of the tank. It's below the low pressure gauge.

Also, get some check valves that also include shutoffs on them. Then you can disconnect the gas line from either body, with that valve closed, and not worry.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:34 PM   #5
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Take it out of the fridge and get a spray bottle full of StarSan so it's nice and soapy. Spray the whole thing and look for bubbles.

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Old 11-15-2012, 05:36 PM   #6
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Take it out of the fridge and get a spray bottle full of StarSan so it's nice and soapy. Spray the whole thing and look for bubbles.
I tried it and couldn't see anything. But I barely have any gas left so that may be the problem.
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Yea. Try jiggling it after you spray it and do everything. Who knows if it's the shutoff valve on the tank, gauge or the disconnects. Things move and vibrate so you may just need to add some tape to the junctions.

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Hoppy Daze, I have the same exact situation as you..... Pegged second gauge... went thru 5# in three weeks ......I do have Check valves as Gold Diggie has mentioned ....I am thinking it is the body/Dial-y thing.....I have check valve closed ...... newish regulator < one year old ....I have a fresh 5er ready this evening for testing I am gonna pump 30 psi in and go for the foamy/soapy thing

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I don't really know what a check valve is. Does it go where the release valve is?

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I don't really know what a check valve is. Does it go where the release valve is?
A check valve is a one-way valve that prevents anything from flowing back into the regulator. It's a good safety device, because if beer gets into the regulator it can ruin it pretty easily.

Most of us use ball valve shutoffs on our regulars, and a lot of them come with built-in check valves.

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If you're interested in upgrading, you should be able to get them at any of the big keg supply places, I'd suggest checking out Birdman or KegConnection.
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