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Old 10-08-2010, 04:09 AM   #1
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My SWMBO accidentally knocked over my CO2 tank with the regulator attached tonight and it busted the high pressure gauge. I have this Taprite regulator. The high pressure gauge took the hit and it dented the end of the gauge, crumpled the panel that shows the pressure a bit and the needle is stuck. I hooked it up and the regulator appears to work fine, no leaks that I can detect so far. Question is, do I need to replace this thing or will I be ok (other than the fact that I can't get a reading from that gauge)? Both low pressure regulators appear to be fine and after hooking up to a couple of kegs and bleeding pressure they both returned to the set pressure and stayed. Hoping I can get by without having to buy anything else, thoughts?

 
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:47 AM   #2
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My SWMBO accidentally knocked over my CO2 tank with the regulator attached tonight and it busted the high pressure gauge. I have this Taprite regulator. The high pressure gauge took the hit and it dented the end of the gauge, crumpled the panel that shows the pressure a bit and the needle is stuck. I hooked it up and the regulator appears to work fine, no leaks that I can detect so far. Question is, do I need to replace this thing or will I be ok (other than the fact that I can't get a reading from that gauge)? Both low pressure regulators appear to be fine and after hooking up to a couple of kegs and bleeding pressure they both returned to the set pressure and stayed. Hoping I can get by without having to buy anything else, thoughts?
As long as it isn't leaking you are fine. My H pressure gauge is broke as well it really doesn't tell you any thing any way
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:58 AM   #3
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Sometimes the HP gauge will warn you of running out. You just have to be lucky enough to catch the short warning. If it were mine I'd buy a plug for that opening and remove the broken gauge, should be pretty cheap.

 
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:52 PM   #4
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Plug it. Or replace it. Or leave it - If it's not leaking. There is a coil inside the gauge that the CO2 "inflates" causing it to bend and move the needle. If that was damaged it will leak. If not, you're good.

The high pressure gauge is a 99.9% useless appendage on a CO2 regulator anyway!
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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

 
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