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Old 04-15-2007, 11:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks Rex, we will be looking forward to any information from the manufacturer on the regulator low flow problem. In the meantime I will be contacting you for a check valve.
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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I should be able to talk to them tomorrow. Since beer people tend to run about the same pressure if there have been problems they should know.
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Old 04-16-2007, 12:00 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks Jon. That's what I'm going to do. I had trouble with this one from day one. There's something wrong with it for sure with the low pressure gauge. I got it a month or so when they first came out with it.

I've got the get the guys at AP.com to answer the phone and find my receipt. Getting a real person is a problem at AP.com.

I just don't think running this regulator at 10 psi can produce a constant bubble rate. Many of the other regulators run from ~ 30 to 60 psi to produce a constant bubble rate. I think that it is a design flaw but I may be wrong.
I meant to add that I ordered "The Best" on 6/5/06 and I recieved it on 6/13/06, if this helps by letting you know that it's 10 months old.
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Talked to my supplier today and he has had no complaints on regulator bodies.

It could just be variances in the equipment.
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Thanks for checking Rex. Left C any luck contacting AP.com?
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I like AP.com but the only way I have been able to contact them consistently has been by phone.
I almost bought their regulator but decided to go with Rexs product.
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:54 PM   #17 (permalink)
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It's still working with 0 psi showing on the low pressure side. I might wait a bit before I send it back. If it craps out on me, I have a back-up.
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Mine came in yesterday as promised. I just had to take it out of the box and play with it. It looks great, and at this point in the game I have nothing but praise for AP.com. They immediately returned my email with the answers to the questions I had before the sale, I received emails upon completion of the sale, when it was shipped and when it would arrive, and it arrived exactly when they said it would. It was all packed well also.

If I should have low pressure or low pressure gauge problems, I might just change the low pressure gauge out myself to a 50 or 60 psi gauge. I will contact them first though because if more than one of us are having a problem its obvious a design change should be in order. Anyway I still have to get the tank filled and order a check valve from Rex so it will probably be late next week before I get mine up and running. If it runs as good as it looks it will be great.
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:46 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Just an update. I got it up and running. Everything seems to be working fine with the exception of two little things I have noticed. First, after the co2 shuts off at night, the regulated pressure gauge ever so slowly will creep up in pressure. The longer you leave the solenoid off, the higher it has gone. Usually about 1 pound increase overnight and I had it off for about 3 days with an estimated 3 pound rise (estimated since the gauge doesn't go that high). Since it is a 15 pound gauge I have it set at 14 psi for now. After running for a little while it always goes back to 14 psi on its own. Second is the bubble rate is always slower when it turns on in the morning than what I had it set for the day before. I have never seen if this will self correct or not since my impatience has me reset the needle valve. Once the new wears off (maybe tomorrow) I will see if this self corrects.
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:29 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I've had mine for about 9 months and I've had no problems whatsoever since I got it set up and at the right setting. It's on a timer and has performed consistently for 9 months. Set and forget.
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