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Old 07-20-2012, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do I PROPERLY remove a tank regulator?

I'm thinking about selling one of my tanks (a 3-year hydro Carleton tank that came with my Max Flo reg) but I want to keep the inline Max Flo for my Mags so, in order to sell it, I'm going to remove the Pure Energy reg I have in another tank:




Problem is, the Pure Energy is loctited to that tank. As it doesn't have a scratch and is in such perfect order, I need info on how to do it in the right way, keeping it as pristine as it is today.

Please advise.

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've removed a few. I use a bench vise and my hands. Remove the gauge and clamp the reg in a vise between soft pine. The wood will give and mold around the reg. Proceed to twist the tank off with hands. I've heard heating up with hot water can help soften the loctite, but I've never done it.
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've heard success from a couple users who did regulator replacement themselves.

I know it's obligatory, but just so it's on record.

Please coat the threads on the new regulator in loctite.

Now that that's out of the way, it's best to use bench vice around the reg with a material that gives. Soft pine is a great option and I'd suggest it.

Then I'd barrow or buy a strap wrench. If you can't get the thing to twist at all then use the wrench. When reassembling, definitely do a last bit of torque from the wrench to guarantee a tight hold. The tank should sit for at the very least 24 hours before doing anything else.

Good luck and please be safe. These things have caused fatalities.
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Empty it completely--you can shoot it dry and then push in the pin with the tip of a screw driver to make sure it's 100% empty.

Take off the gauge.

Wrap it in a towel (to prevent anno scratches--people won't buy a really scratched up reg).

Stick it in a vise.

Apply elbow grease.
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Go to a local scuba shop. They can do it for you.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Was wondering about this myself, thanks for asking mpsd and thanks for the answers MCB.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks, everyone. All answers certainly helped a lot.

I just don't get the need to re-apply loctite. The Max Flos never came loctited from factory and I've used them for almost a decade now and never ever had a problem, leak or anything like that. I absolutelly understand what 4500 psi means in terms of pressure so no need to go there.
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You don't need to use loctite... You need to use the proper amount of torque. As a matter of fact, don't use loctite at all, just the torque. I can't remember the exact amount you need, but I wanna say 60lbs.
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There is a video out on YouTube, not sure if it VR Pro Shop Paintball or Social Paintball, but something like that, that goes into a really cool method of removing the reg. Something about using a vice, wrapping your reg in something like a rubber sheet, inserting the reg portion into the vice, leaving the tank standing up from there, tighten the vice (Where the rubber sheet comes into play for protecting the reg), and using a strap wrench to remove the tank from the reg.
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There is a video out on YouTube, not sure if it VR Pro Shop Paintball or Social Paintball, but something like that, that goes into a really cool method of removing the reg. Something about using a vice, wrapping your reg in something like a rubber sheet, inserting the reg portion into the vice, leaving the tank standing up from there, tighten the vice (Where the rubber sheet comes into play for protecting the reg), and using a strap wrench to remove the tank from the reg.
This is exactly what I was thinking. Just change the strap wrench for my hands as I don't want to mark or scrap the tank. I did it with my CO2 tank when I was installing a siphon tube.
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