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Old 08-22-2013, 01:09 AM   #1
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Hello everyone!

I have one of those little mini-kegerators, and my CO2 regulator leaks. I've called the manufacturer, and they've sent me three replacements, and they all leak from the exact same spot as well.

I'm guessing I'm missing something extraordinarily simple, only I don't know what it is!

There's a tiny little threaded hex nut on the part of the regulator that screws onto the CO2 canister, and the regulators are leaking from there. I did manage to find something to try to tighten and/or loosen it, but that didn't seem to work (aside from the fact that my wrench set didn't have the right wrench, but I'll buy one gladly if I can get this to work). The little part will unscrew all the way out as well.

Any suggestions? A tiny bit of teflon pipe tape in there or something? The thing's so tiny it might be hard to get some in there, but I'll try just about anything.

Below is a picture of the regulator, if that helps.


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Old 08-22-2013, 12:19 PM   #2
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I might recommend a new manufacturer. Did you make any modifications once you received it? Could it be a pressure relief kind of thing? Was it ever working ok?
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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I might recommend a new manufacturer. Did you make any modifications once you received it? Could it be a pressure relief kind of thing? Was it ever working ok?
The regulator came with the mini-kegerator and I believe is specific to the unit due to its size, so I don't think a different manufacturer is an option.

I've made no modifications, and this regulator, and all three replacements (at least they were replaced under warranty, but at this point I just want it to work) have leaked from the exact same spot straight out of the box.

I don't know if that little screw/nut is for pressure relief, which is why I'm hoping someone here will know more about them.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:57 PM   #4
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What is the manufacturer, might help to look at some specs or drawings of the regulator
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:05 PM   #5
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What is the manufacturer, might help to look at some specs or drawings of the regulator
It came with the Avanti Party Pub, though I'm unable to find any drawings or schematics.
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Probably a pain, but as long as it's under warranty, I would keep getting a new one until it works. And see if they'll throw in some free cartridges for all the trouble.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:23 PM   #7
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Probably a pain, but as long as it's under warranty, I would keep getting a new one until it works. And see if they'll throw in some free cartridges for all the trouble.
That's what I've been doing, but at 1-2 weeks for them to send a replacement, the unit's been offline for closing in on 2 months now.

I've contemplated trying some teflon pipe tape to help seal it as that part screws in (or even superglue, I'm getting annoyed) - but if it's designed for pressure release I'm a tad bit shy about circumventing any built-in safety mechanisms.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:41 PM   #8
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So it's the part that screws into the Co2 bottle that leaks? If so is there a plastic washer in the part you screw in? There should be a washer in the female end that screws onto the Co2 bottle. Should look somewhat like this......
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If you think it's that little hex nut leaking and keeps coming loose try using some medium strength LocTite Blue thread locker. Never use super glue. LocTite can be had for a few bucks at your local Home Depot.
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So it's the part that screws into the Co2 bottle that leaks?
No, not there.

I should have found a way to draw an arrow on the photo, but the part that screws onto the CO2 bottle has a tiny little hex nut/screw on the side of it. The nut/screw in question is on the picture, toward the bottom of the regulator.

It leaks from there.

Edit: Photo added.

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Old 08-22-2013, 02:49 PM   #10
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No, not there.

I should have found a way to draw an arrow on the photo, but the part that screws onto the CO2 bottle has a tiny little hex nut/screw on the side of it. The nut/screw in question is on the picture, toward the bottom of the regulator.

It leaks from there.
If you think it's that little hex nut leaking and keeps coming loose try using some medium strength LocTite Blue thread locker. Never use super glue. LocTite can be had for a few bucks at your local Home Depot. I would still like to know if there is a washer in that female end of the regulator.
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