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Talfuchre 12-17-2009 09:38 AM

How to build a Reg Tester!
 
https://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r...tingKit002.jpg

See the full article here:

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.

Loc-Tite (Blue)

Appropriate Wrenches to make these connections (I simply used two crescent Wrenches)

Optional a ASA Plug and straight Macro Line Fitting.


https://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r...tingKit001.jpg

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.

grimace 12-17-2009 10:08 AM

I need to make one of these.

Also, kinda looks like a Dalek.

Exterminate!

Spoon 12-17-2009 10:18 AM

Love it...

Any chance you could give a rough price breakdown and perhaps where to get the gauges.

Thanks again TF!

Talfuchre 12-17-2009 10:32 AM

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.


TF

souz4402 12-17-2009 11:10 AM

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

mrmag11 12-17-2009 11:21 AM

TF, where can I Paypal you $20 for my own TF model reg tester? :)

tencent 12-17-2009 11:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by souz4402 (Post 1090004)
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

+1

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.

FiXeL 12-17-2009 01:36 PM

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.

Talfuchre 12-17-2009 07:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FiXeL (Post 1090129)
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.

I see no reason to go much over 800 - unless the guage you are talking about has clear fine delineations.

TF

Talfuchre 12-17-2009 07:15 PM

Bourbon filled gauges? What?


I use the little guys for my tool kit - and the BIG liquid filled guy for the house.

TF

FiXeL 12-18-2009 08:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Talfuchre (Post 1090490)
I see no reason to go much over 800 - unless the guage you are talking about has clear fine delineations.

TF

Metric system... Not sure if i can get a 0-1200 PSI gauge, 1500 psi is 100 bar, so that would be closest to 1200 psi. But then again, maybe i can get gauges in 10 bar inclinations... Still have to check whats available, and has pressures indicated in both bar and psi. (psi only will be hard to get over here)

Talfuchre 12-18-2009 08:42 AM

Sorry about that - just make sure you have good delineation. Every now and again I get a gauge that is impossible to read.

TF

bjielsl 12-29-2009 03:46 AM

Here is my crazy concoction.
https://gallery.me.com/stoddarderic/1...12620759980001

xluben 12-29-2009 03:05 PM

Here's mine. Very simple. Good resolution. Max pressure it can read is only
600psi, though. A different gauge could be swapped on if a higher reading
was needed.

All it is, is an Eclipse on/off ASA (self purging) and a liquid filled guage. The
on/off is a necessity, IMO. Many regs will hit an odd pressure on initial gas
up.

If you vent and seal the ASA a couple times it will settle in to the pressure
you'll see in acutal use. This can be done both for pin valved applications
(tank regs) and non-pin valved (inline regs).

https://benjohnson.smugmug.com/photos...44_BswDZ-L.jpg

taco 12-29-2009 03:23 PM

those liquid filled gauges are a nice touch too i have those along with digital ones at work

French t0ast 12-29-2009 03:36 PM

What is better about the liquid filled?

taco 12-29-2009 03:42 PM

stability they don't slam when you air them up it's more fluid i guess.

bjielsl 12-29-2009 05:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xluben (Post 1103364)

If you vent and seal the ASA a couple times it will settle in to the pressure
you'll see in acutal use. This can be done both for pin valved applications
(tank regs) and non-pin valved (inline regs).

THat is why I have the check valve on mine

xluben 12-29-2009 06:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bjielsl (Post 1103508)
THat is why I have the check valve on mine

Won't the slide check just stop airflow between the reg and the gauge? Or does it bleed out when you shut the airflow off?

bjielsl 12-29-2009 06:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xluben (Post 1103563)
Won't the slide check just stop airflow between the reg and the gauge? Or does it bleed out when you shut the airflow off?

it bleeds off air

BenoitOWN 12-29-2009 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xluben (Post 1103563)
Won't the slide check just stop airflow between the reg and the gauge? Or does it bleed out when you shut the airflow off?

It will bleed the section to the gauge while the tank section remain pressurized

xluben 12-29-2009 07:07 PM

It must be hard to remove the tank/reg while it's still pressurized.

splattttttt 12-29-2009 08:23 PM

Built this because I suck at sweet spotting by hand.
https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...t/DSC00383.jpg
https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...t/DSC00385.jpg
Judging by the gage, my series5 with all stock pneus likes a 350psi input.

Uranus 12-29-2009 08:43 PM

Silly MCBer's just use a 12 gram :)

splattttttt 12-29-2009 08:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Uranus (Post 1103783)
Silly MCBer's just use a 12 gram :)

You'reanus, some of usisanal :ROTFL:

Talfuchre 12-30-2009 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xluben (Post 1103637)
It must be hard to remove the tank/reg while it's still pressurized.

Not really. Give it a half turn to stop the tank reg from being depressed, and then toggle the slide check multiple times to bleed what is left in the tester.

Then unscrew the tank like normal. Viola!

TF

Shane-O 01-05-2010 04:04 PM

It was always my thought that, while liquid filled gauges can be more accurate, they cannot react as quickly as needed for testing recharge rates. So a good quality Ashcroft gauge works just fine.

splattttttt 01-05-2010 05:42 PM

Need a gauge?

shadow_772 02-10-2010 10:27 AM

Bookmarked. When I have some cash I plan to make one :]

Brad Krodel 02-14-2010 08:20 AM

I'm having a heck of a time finding the 1/8" male to male and a 1/8" female to female adapters. Tried Home Depot and the smallest they had was 1/4". I've done a google search with no luck either. Any other suggestions?

Thanks,
BK

aftershock141 02-14-2010 07:34 PM

I wish I would have seen this thread before; I really don't know how I didn't. I have all the parts to build it minus the gauge and the quick disconnect, but I have the nipple. I wish I would have seen this before I placed my last order into paintballgateway:(.

Brad Krodel 02-17-2010 06:52 PM

I found them in a local parts supply store. No luck with home depot or lowes. The smallest they had were 1/4".

Thanks.

bjielsl 02-17-2010 11:48 PM

I found all my needed adapters and gauges at a hydraulic supply shop.. spent 12.00 bucks including a fluid filled gauge. I already had the slidecheck.

Rot05 02-26-2010 01:30 PM

Wont this do the same thing?

https://www.trinitypaintball.com/Prod...uctCode=TR+657

PM me saying you have responded.

Thanks
-Rot05

Talfuchre 02-26-2010 04:04 PM

Not very accurate - but yes.

If it was me - I would use a VERY accurate guage - set it at 300 psi and then see what that shows on your button guage. If it is off - Mark it with a sharp object on the plastic of the guage and you will know where it needs to go in the future.

TF

TheYoda 02-27-2010 11:27 PM

Will using a remote set up with slide check work okay if I plug the guage into the end? Or if coil hose is a problem I suppose I could eliminate it and just put the hardware directly to the on/off. Just asking since I have one of these kicking around.
https://img25.imageshack.us/img25/7720/remoter.jpg

aftershock141 02-28-2010 12:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheYoda (Post 1191974)
Will using a remote set up with slide check work okay if I plug the guage into the end? Or if coil hose is a problem I suppose I could eliminate it and just put the hardware directly to the on/off. Just asking since I have one of these kicking around.
https://img25.imageshack.us/img25/7720/remoter.jpg

I would eliminate the hose and put it directly into the side of the on/off.

splattttttt 02-28-2010 01:30 PM

Agreed :rolleyes:
Ditch the hose, then add a seperate ASA for the reg with a gage attached.
Attaching the gage af the reg is preferable

smellslikepork 05-30-2010 03:28 PM

will this gauge work?

ASHCROFT GAUGE 2" 1/8" NPT 600 PSI BRASS NPT NIB<468L2 - eBay (item 350166127943 end time Jun-08-10 14:07:46 PDT)

Talfuchre 05-30-2010 06:51 PM

Boy - I am not sure what type of gas that is made for....

TF


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