How to build a Reg Tester!
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Pumpenstein How to Make Your Own Pressure Testing Kit.
What You Will Need:
(In the picture above these are listed from left to right and top to bottom)
An On / Off Air Source Adapter
A Male to Male 1/8th Inch Adapter (I found this at Home Depot)
A Down Stream Bleed Slide Check
A Female to Female 1/8th Inch Adapter (Home Depot Again)
A Female Quick Disconnect Fitting
Two or Three Male Quick Disconnect Fittings
Two or Three Gauges (depending on your applications)
I use a 0-300 psi gauge for low pressure applications, a 0-600 psi guage for LP tanks and regulators, a 0-1200 gauge for high pressure regulators and HP tanks.
Appropriate Wrenches to make these connections (I simply used two crescent Wrenches)
Optional a ASA Plug and straight Macro Line Fitting.
Use the picture above and simply put the pieces you now have together.
Why Have One?
I often check my tanks and in-line regulators to make sure they are working and not creeping. The On-Off is for tanks that have pin valve but not needed for in line regulators. The Down Stream Bleed is used for not only bleeding off excess pressure when the testing is done but also testing for recharge rate and creep. Simply turn on the air and let the gauge settle at the PSI it is set at - then toggle the Down Stream Bleed back and forth and see if the regulator rests quickly or creeps.
When I sweet spot my markers for the proper PSI I check the number on my Pressure gauge and then when I clean or need to rest the marker I simply turn it up to the desired PSI and do not have to go through the process of sweet spotting my regulator again.
Testing your in line regulator is also essential when trying to figure out what is wrong with a marker. If your marker is inconsistent but you know your reg is testing fine - you don’t have to waste time or parts in cleaning and replacing seals (that may be fine) in your in line reg.
This is a simple thing to have in your gear bag - but nice to have when you need it.
Hope this helped.
I need to make one of these.
Also, kinda looks like a Dalek.
Any chance you could give a rough price breakdown and perhaps where to get the gauges.
Thanks again TF!
I think the thing cost me about 20 bucks to make.
You need a 1/8th inch Pressure gauge. That is the most expensive part of the kit - do a search and you will find one easily. Ashcroft makes good gauges.
might I suggest a liquid filled gauge for testing the final downstream pressure...those air filled bourdon tube gauges can be rather inaccurate at times
TF, where can I Paypal you $20 for my own TF model reg tester? :)
Don't waste your money on a cheap gauge. Its like buying the retreaded tires, sure they work but the first one that blows up going down the interstate will change your mind about them. Not that the gauges blow up.. okay bad analogy you get what I mean.
Built a reg tester like this a few days ago... Only have a Ashcroft gauge 0-1200 psi so that's the only thing i will upgrade.. For a glycerine filled 0-1500 psi gauge.
Bourbon filled gauges? What?
I use the little guys for my tool kit - and the BIG liquid filled guy for the house.
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