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Old 11-15-2010, 03:01 AM   #1
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Default Co2 leak I just can't get completely stopped

Iíve traced my leaks to a few spots. I have been able to stop all but one of them from my Co2 regulator. Iíve used a little, and a lot of the Teflon tape with ungodly amounts of force to get the seal to be complete but just havenít been able to get it to completely stop. Itís down to a very, very little bit of a leak but I was wondering if there is some kind of liquid seal I could use on this that the leak wouldnít bust trough. I have some JB weld, silicone seal, red seal (for a car gasket), and super glue. All this sounds great and all but for some reason I keep getting the thought of rubber cement to mind. If any of these that I have on hand would work (with the gas off while applying it and letting it dry for a day or however long it takes) let me know.

PLEASE!!!! Iím tired of turning on and off the tank when I need it and donít need it! JUST LET ME POUR IN PEACE!!!


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Old 11-15-2010, 03:02 AM   #2
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Where's the leak? I don't have ANY teflon tape on mine, and in fact I think it's recommended to NOT use it.


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its between my shutoff valve and the regulator body. It's hard to explain.
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its between my shutoff valve and the regulator body. It's hard to explain.
Weird. Good luck with fixing it!
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its between my shutoff valve and the regulator body. It's hard to explain.
You should have a fiber/nylon washer between the regulator and the tank OR the regulator should have a rubber o-ring in the face of the flange that attaches to the tank.

You should not be using Teflon tape on flared joints. The face of flared joints should mate close enough to form a seal. You can use nylon washers if you choose (I don't have them on mine).

The standard threaded fittings, I usually wrap about 4 times with tape. You shouldn't really have to crank on the wrench to get them snug enough not to leak.

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Old 11-15-2010, 03:23 AM   #6
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Correct, I have the washer and such that attaches to the bottle; its the regulator that attaches to my splitter/shut-off valve.
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You should not be using Teflon tape on flared joints. The face of flared joints should mate close enough to form a seal.
Is this a "don't need to use tape" or a "shouldn't use tape" (ie: it'll cause damage) type of deal?
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Is this a "don't need to use tape" or a "shouldn't use tape" (ie: it'll cause damage) type of deal?
i've used teflon tape for years. it's a preference thing, really
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You want to be sure that you are wrapping the teflon tape in the correct direction. If all your threads are looking good... both the male and female parts... then with the male threads to your left hand..wrap the tape clockwise about three turns or less. Tighten the fitting but don't over do it. If you still have a leak then one of your fittings is bad and needs replaced.
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i think the fitting where the pipe goes down from the regulator to the shutoff valve has a leak


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