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Can you rebuild a broken HPA tank? Please help!!! I am an HPA newbie - take pity on me!&# Rate Topic: -----

#1 User is offline   Keoseven 

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 07:45 PM

Hello everyone. The other day I received an HPA tank with a broken gauge from my girlfriend's uncle. I know nothing about HPA tanks, and I was wondering if there was any possible way to have someone repair the valve. I am a college student on a strapped budget and I was hoping to be a little bit economical and save some money by just having to buy a new valve and pay for repairs (or do them myself). I would prefer to repair the free tank I received than dish out the $200+ for a brand new one. Please let me know if rebuilding this tank is even a realistic possibility. The valve has "PMI Perfect" written on the central square part of the valve. It has a capacity of 3000 psi. There are two gauges on the valve. The gauge that is functional reads from 0 to 4000 and it is situated directly opposite of a metal nipple that is covered by a little cap on a string dealey. The broken gauge reads from 0 to 1500 and is positioned slightly higher than the other gauge. I have attached a picture to the message to illustrate the damage. Thank you for your input and I apologize for stupid questions in advance :D

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 07:49 PM

You can buy a new gauge for around $20. That tank looks ancient.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 07:50 PM

Why the hell are there two gauges?
Seems like somebody screwed one into a burst disk thread... unless I'm totally FUBAR lol.
And yeah new gauge is cheap.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 07:53 PM

Adjustable tank......maybe? Yeah, a new gauge should be cheap. Bring it to your local pb shop tho....and get it hydro'd....
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:04 AM

^ Yeah... Take it to a shop.
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:14 AM

Gauges are ~$20, but take it to a proshop to get it checked out to see if a gauge is plugged in where a burst disk, if it's adjustable, maybe disassemble the reg to check seals and get it rehydro'd it's gonna be up soon.
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:18 AM

Wait before you even try to fix it is it even in Hydro?
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:33 AM

View PostArmory, on Jul 26 2007, 09:18 AM, said:

Wait before you even try to fix it is it even in Hydro?

The hydro sticker int the pic says Last hydro'd 10 - 02
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 12:42 PM

Looks to me like they put a guage where a burst disk should be. Hard to tell in that pic. Kinda dark.

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 01:51 AM

Thanks for your input everyone. I am going to take it to the proshop near my house and have them rebuild the valve/reg. I read somewhere (on a credible-looking site :unsure: ) that an HPA tank's max life is somewhere around 10 to 11 years. The tank's original date is '99 and it was hydrotested in '02. There are no cracks/frays in the bottle itself, so I believe all it needs is a new gauge and a hydrotest... I'm gonna take it in and have the dude check it out (so that way he can blow himself up foolin' with it :laugh: ).

By the way, how much does a hydrotest usually cost and who is certified to conduct them? I hear people say the S.c.u.b.a. shop but then I read stuff that says the scuba people are no good... I also heard someone mention something about fire extinguisher companies :question: but I don't know. I was hoping y'all could lend me some more good advice. Sorry for the noobery once again guys :ghillie:
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