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Old 04-19-2014, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have to keep adjusting the regulator every hour or so. It goes from me stting it at 5bps down to just 1 within the hour. What is going on?
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Are you adjusting your regulator or your needle valve? The regulator should be set to a fixed PSI, likely 10. Then you set the needle to the correct rate.
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I have found with Milwaukee regulators, that setting the left gauge to at least 20 PSI works best to keep my bubble rate consistent.

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Are you adjusting your regulator or your needle valve? The regulator should be set to a fixed PSI, likely 10. Then you set the needle to the correct rate.
i was going to ask the same. You could technically swap out the needle valve for something more accurate.
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Default Re: Milwaukee MA957 Inconsistent bubbles

the left says 50 and right says 10. How do I adjust the left one? i tried loosening the screw on the left side. but it did not do anything. Im assuming the right one adjusts by that big knob? I got taht to 10 from maybe what was 15 when i had it all the way out
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Default Re: Milwaukee MA957 Inconsistent bubbles

as you stand in front of the regulator the gauge on your right is the one that tells you how much psi of gas is in the co2 bottle, you cannot adjust that , it`s like your fuel gauge in your car.
The one on your left is the working pressure gauge which is adjusted by the black knob centre of the regulator - turning it to the right ( clockwise) will raise your working pressure, that is the one you want set between 20 - 30 PSI, as mentioned the manual says 10 but the bubble rate is much more consistent between 20-30 PSI.
The Brass needle valve is what will fine tune your bubble rate.
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From my understanding, it's the nature of the Milwaukee needle valve. The internal pressure constantly pushing outward thus moving the needle inside the valve.

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Default Re: Milwaukee MA957 Inconsistent bubbles

I had this same issue with my Milwaukees. It's why I started building my own regulator systems.

It may be possible to retrofit a better needle valve. If it can't be directly attached they are easier enough to put inline. The Fabco NV-55 or NV-55 18 would be good replacements and you could use hosebarb fittings to put them inline if you can't attach them to the unit itself.
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+1 the stocked needle valve is just a no no.
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I have found with Milwaukee regulators, that setting the left gauge to at least 20 PSI works best to keep my bubble rate consistent.

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DOH!..... The right gauge should be at least 20 PSI.......
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