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Taking apart a regulator

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James Lorden:
So the topic name is really overkill.  I bought a secondary regulator some time ago.  There is a nipple on the "in" then at the bottom a check valve for the CO2 to exit.  On the end opposite the "in" there is a plug.  I wanted to remove the plug so that the pressure from the primary regulator would pass through the secondary.

For the life of me I can't get that nut to turn.  It seems like it's just screwed in with a bit of tefflon tape.  Am I missing something here?  Is there a chance that the plug is not removable or I'm missing a step?  Perhaps I'm just weak ???!

bluesman:
James...Can you post a pic showing the nut?

Joe Sr.:
That plug is removable.  If I recall, mine took an allen key (hex).

Try a ratchet, of you have one.  Make sure you're not tightening it instead of loosening it.

Sometimes these things take more force than you would think.

I would place the regulator on a bench or other flat surface so that it is steady and have at it.  

That said, I don't believe mine put up much resistance when I removed the plug to add the high pressure gauge.

jeffy:
Some of these are actually left hand threads.  You should be able to see some mark on it if so (LH) or be able to tell that the threads look backwards or try turning it the wrong way a bit.  Just a thought.

Slowbrew:

--- Quote from: jeffy on December 03, 2010, 11:29:44 AM ---Some of these are actually left hand threads.  You should be able to see some mark on it if so (LH) or be able to tell that the threads look backwards or try turning it the wrong way a bit.  Just a thought.

--- End quote ---

That's what I was going to tell him.  My Dad used to say "before you twist off the head you might, and this is just a suggestion, turn it the other way".  It's not like I had a reputation for breaking off bolts but I did have 2 older brothers so Dad had seen it happen before (and he saw it happen again, I had a little brother too).

That, or turn off the CO2 tank before you try to remove the plug.   :P

Paul

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