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Old 08-02-2012, 11:56 AM #1
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Draining a tank, reinstall gauge

A friend of mine is having an issue with his HPA tank (forget the make, but it's in hydro and relatively new).
We noticed that when it is aired up, the material around the gauge threads (loctite?) is bubbling, which looks like there may be a very tiny leak.

Since the tank is still pretty full, what is the quickest and safest way to drain the tank?

Next, once the tank is empty, we'd like to remove the gauge and reinstall it, so the bubbling area can be resealed.
What is the best material to use for the threads of the gauge? Loctitie? Blue? Red? Something else?

Thank you.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:37 PM #2
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What I do to drain a tank is to disconnect the air line from one of the fittings and then just screw the tank into the ASA (turn it on if it is an on/off) and let it flow. The ASA will get very cold while doing this - just a warning.

As for the gauge - I use teflon tape for all of my air connections (fittings, gauges, burst disks, fill nipple). If done correctly and carefully, you won't have issues with teflon getting into places it shouldn't and you can still have a clean look to it.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:50 PM #3
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Perfect! I knew there'd be an easy way to do this
Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:59 PM #4
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Yep. No problem .
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:00 PM #5
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What I do to drain a tank is to disconnect the air line from one of the fittings and then just screw the tank into the ASA (turn it on if it is an on/off) and let it flow. The ASA will get very cold while doing this - just a warning.

As for the gauge - I use teflon tape for all of my air connections (fittings, gauges, burst disks, fill nipple). If done correctly and carefully, you won't have issues with teflon getting into places it shouldn't and you can still have a clean look to it.
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:23 AM #6
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FYI if you do decide to use loctite, always use "blue" or 242 strength. dont ever use red loctite on anything paintball related, or else youll never be able to take it apart again without destroying it.
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