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Old 11-06-2012, 11:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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from speaking to Ray at Ninja / PSI, he says very few tanks fail hydro service. I didn't get an exact percentage but it didn't sound like alot.

Also keep in mind, your reg may also need service. Sure the bottle might be ok, but if your HPA regulator is 5 years old, those orings might be shot and needing to be serviced. Definitely don't want 2000+psi shooting out of your regulator, blowing burst disks and macroline, and/or regulators and gun parts

I had a teammate that ran a steel line from his ASA to his Bob Long Torpedo Regulator, and his regulator went (I think it was a Nitro Duck, many years ago) and it "popped" the bottom off his torpedo!

We heard a "POOF!" and witnessed a vapor cloud under his gun, and the bottom of his reg smacked into the ground pretty hard.

So if you send in your tank for hydro, I recommend updating your regulator also
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i think they have to take off your reg for hydro testing, and that's when bad seals usually start to fail. our pro shop in this neighborhood is $28 to service the reg, $30 for a new ninja one with installation included. so when i hydro'd mine and it came back with a bad reg i just bought a new one for $2 more...
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I just did Crossfire in August $35 for rehydro for one tank and $50 for rehyhro with a new reg installed
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
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My local cylinder shop charges $12 to rehydro. (just had one done I got off local craigslist for $10.)


The O-rings in the reg were bad though, so it leaked when I tried to fill it the first time. I took it apart and replaced the o-rings and was good to go.

It is a fiber tank but only 3000 psi. I needed one for testing purposes and didn't want to spend a fortune.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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You're lucky with the $12 local shop. Only places I've found locally farm it out and charge you for the shipping, plus they refuse to remove a paintball reg. I don't have the tools required to get a loctited and torqued reg out. A ref at my local field can do it, but the reg doesn't always look the greatest when he's done with it. Acceptable for a cheapie, but not with a nice reg.

So, I'm just letting my cheapie 3k aluminum tanks go when they're old enough. When I have to send out 4500s, I'm going to have Ninja do it and ask them to not reinstall the reg, so i can hand tighten it and therefore need no special tools to get it off again.

It's safe to do it that way, my 68/45 is like that already. It only ever tries to unscrew from the reg at very low pressures. Makes it nice if I ever have to fly, can remove the reg and be legal.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:42 PM   #16 (permalink)
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There is a place in Toledo called Aqua Hut that charges about $24 or so. You have to pay shipping to and from, but they'll take off the regulator. It's really not that hard, just need a vice with soft cover on it and a strap wrench. For $5 they'll remove the reg for you. For metal tanks, probably not worth it since they're so cheap.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:49 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Did Aqua Hut have issues a few years back with just disappearing? Or was that a different hydrotester that was rather popular over on the Nation?
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Did Aqua Hut have issues a few years back with just disappearing? Or was that a different hydrotester that was rather popular over on the Nation?
Not that I am aware of. I will have to admit, the last time I used them was probably two years ago though. Never had an issue with them and have had 3 seperate tanks done.
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