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Title: Regulator won't seal...
Post by: blorvak on March 23, 2010, 10:47:28 PM
Does anyone else love it when the most simple things in life decide to stop working for you?

So I'm low on co2 for my kegging system.  I unbolt the regulator from the tank, and swap out the tank at the local fire extinguisher supply.  But now when I try to screw the regulator back on to the tank again, it won't seal tight.  I spray with star san and nice little bubbles come out from the seal.  I try undertightening... I try cranking on it as hard as I can.  I try using some keg lube.  None of this works.

Anyone have any suggestions?  Before I shoot the thing?

EDIT:  could a mod move this to the Kegging topic?  Must be too upset for basic reading comprehension.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Regulator won't seal...
Post by: tubercle on March 23, 2010, 10:49:28 PM
Gasket?
Title: Re: Regulator won't seal...
Post by: blorvak on March 23, 2010, 10:53:05 PM
I believe it has a built in gasket.  There's a rubber ring where the regulator meets the tank.
Title: Re: Regulator won't seal...
Post by: twocansam on March 23, 2010, 10:59:03 PM
Sometimes the rubber ring is part of a brass fitting which can be removed with a standard hex key (allen wrench).  I pulled one apart after a similar issue to find that the brass fitting was broken into two pieces.  They usually sell these at the homebrew shop or where you got your tank refilled.
Title: Re: Regulator won't seal...
Post by: blorvak on March 23, 2010, 11:12:20 PM
Answer:  get mad.  Apply more force.  No more bubbles.

Hopefully, that does it.  We'll see if it drains in a week anyway.  But I'm gonna keep a close eye on it.
Title: Re: Regulator won't seal...
Post by: redbeerman on March 24, 2010, 05:06:02 PM
Sometimes the oring doesn't seal properly.  My gas supply house gave me a plastic gasket to use in addtition to the oring and this works great.  They give me one every time I fill one of my tanks.
Title: Re: Regulator won't seal...
Post by: euge on March 24, 2010, 05:55:20 PM

...I try cranking on it as hard as I can... None of this works.

Anyone have any suggestions?  Before I shoot the thing?


Cranking down on it as hard as you can with/without a gasket will likely damage the seating surface.  :'( Bad idea. Be gentle but firm.

There should be a disk-like gasket with a small hole- not a built in one. You probably lost it when you removed the regulator. Try looking on the floor in the area you removed the regulator.

It could have stuck to the previous keg's seating surface. If you can't find it call/go to where you swapped and maybe they'll give you one.

Good luck
Title: Re: Regulator won't seal...
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on March 28, 2010, 01:39:23 AM
Sometimes the oring doesn't seal properly.  My gas supply house gave me a plastic gasket to use in addtition to the oring and this works great.  They give me one every time I fill one of my tanks.
the same thing here.
I get new washer every time when i exchange my tank.
Title: Re: Regulator won't seal...
Post by: blorvak on March 29, 2010, 09:19:34 PM
That's odd, I've never noticed a gasket before, but it wouldn't surprise me if I did have one that got itself lost.  I'll ask the guys at the shop the next time I'm in.

Pressure seems to be stable, so I guess all is well for now.