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Old 10-22-2017, 11:59 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: FIXING EVERYTHING!!! Fixing spree. Need Assistance with Co2 problem(s).

K I FEEL DUMB
JUST FOUND OUT FOR SURE WHAT THE O RING IS
GOD I wish there was a dictionary of Co2 words.
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I cant remove the 'thing' that the o ring is attached to though?...

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Old 10-23-2017, 07:58 AM   #12 (permalink)
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It looks like there was no seal at the brass female pipe thread. The bubble counter that screws into that hole should have teflon tape wrapped tightly around the threads, about 3 or 4 turns, or pipe dope applied to the male threads. Then the bubble counter has to be screwed in tightly, tight enough, but not so tight as to break the parts.

If there was a "washer" between the brass part and the bubble counter, it has to have an O-ring in it, so the rubber contacts both the brass flat surface and the flat surface above it on the bubble counter.
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Thank you much hoppy I will look into those things and get back to you.
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Old 10-24-2017, 05:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Default Re: FIXING EVERYTHING!!! Fixing spree. Need Assistance with Co2 problem(s).

Hoppy,
do we need anything other than Teflon tape around the male thread at the bottom of the bubble counter where it screws into the brass female (i.e. a flat washer or o ring or just Teflon tape on the bottom)
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Pipe threads are tapered threads that seal by tightening the connection. But, for small fittings like that you would probably break the parts before it would be leak free. So, you need to wind a teflon plumbers tape, very thin teflon tape with no adhesive, around the male thread a few times in the direction that causes the thread to pull tighter as you screw it into the female thread (counter clockwise). Now, screw the parts together and tighten it using appropriate size wrenches, until it is tight. (A too large wrench would not feel tight until you break the parts.) I often prefer to get a small amount of pipe dope and put a daub on the male thread, smeared around the whole circumference, and use that instead of the tape. The pipe dope can be best because then there is no chance of tiny bits of teflon tape breaking off and plugging a passage downstream of the connection.
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Alright I'm going to lowes today to go pick up some Pipe Dope, is that all I should have on my list? GLA's o rings are on the way.

Also to be clear, the o ring on the lower end (bottom) of the bubble counter, wasn't the issue? if so I understand because the bubbles WERE coming from the brass nut connection area as you say.
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Default Re: FIXING EVERYTHING!!! Fixing spree. Need Assistance with Co2 problem(s).

Ok hoppy so double check me since I did what you said, and hopefully I did it correctly.
Where the brass nut was, I removed the Bubble counters (I did this to both of them) and put pipe dope on the Bottom of both the bubble counters (the bottom male threads).
After I put the pipe dope on both bottom Male Threads, I put stuck them gently into the brass nuts and twisted it very hand tight.
After that I turned on the Co2, so we will see where we go from there I guess.
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I wonder if hand tight is enough, although I don't see any other way to tighten it. If you can hold onto the metal(?) part below the clear plastic part of the bubble counter tube I suggest making it as tight as you can with something with a handle about 6 inches long.

If the leak was from the Oring between the clear plastic and the metal(?) part you would get bubbles from the "crack" between the two parts, not at the bottom of the metal(?) part.
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hey hoppy,
problem again, I checked the drop counter 2 hours later and it was still BLUE not as blue but very blue.
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Is the leak fixed? How many bubbles per second are you using? A 65 gallon tank should get a stream of bubbles, not 1 or 2 bubbles per second. Are you using 2 dKH water in the drop checker? That isn't necessary, but it does make it easier to see 10-20 ppm CO2.
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