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Old 10-05-2006, 04:23 PM   #11
Radarbrew
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Be VERY careful filling those tanks. If you screw it up, you will blow the burst disk (at the least) or freeze the bejeesus outta your fingers. I watched the kid at the paintball place do both on the same day. He lost a bit of skin on his fingers when they defrosted. I suggest a quick lesson from the fill place at a reliable gas filler first.
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Old 10-05-2006, 09:00 PM   #12
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Be VERY careful filling those tanks. If you screw it up, you will blow the burst disk (at the least) or freeze the bejeesus outta your fingers. I watched the kid at the paintball place do both on the same day. He lost a bit of skin on his fingers when they defrosted. I suggest a quick lesson from the fill place at a reliable gas filler first.
I would have loved to see that. I used to train the *cough* kids *cough* refs on proper filling. Some of them just couldn't get it though their skulls.

I see one very minor problem with the setup in that link. The tank they are using do not have an on/off knob. I would highly recommend going that route otherwise it could tend to eat o-rings. It is easy enough to swap valves if you have a vice.

You could potentially fill your own 20oz bottle off of a larger one if you have it. Simply do it the old school way. Make a hose adapter that goes between both tanks. Invert the large tank, unless if it has a siphon tube, and turn the knob to fill the smaller tank. As soon as the hissing slows, turn the knob off. As long as you don't freeze the small bottle* before filling there is very little risk of the burst disk blowing. In fact, in 14 years of paintball I've never blown one. Just don't leave a full tank sitting in the sun or in your car (common sense).

*freezing the bottle will give the best fill but do not try this unless if you have a scale handy.

 
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:45 PM   #13
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Also note: that any steel cylinders less than 2" in dia. do not require hydro testing. I'll look up the proof later.
"Any cylinder not exceeding 2 inches outside diameter and less than 2 feet in length is excepted from volumetric expansion test."

Not sure if just for Aluminum?

http://hazmat.dot.gov/sp_app/approvals/regs/180.209.htm

This one mentions specifically Aluminum ones:
http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPA...-26/i21273.htm

 
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Old 10-06-2006, 06:39 PM   #14
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My son has three 20 oz paintball tanks. So while trying to figure out if my CO2 gauges would fit I found this site with the adapter that screws into the regulator and the tank. Works like a charm.

http://www.octopustap.com/cart/produ...products_id=59

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Old 10-10-2006, 03:31 AM   #15
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I went to the paint ball shop a week or two ago and picked up the fitting with a valve on top for under $10.
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