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#1 User is offline   Alix Primus 

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:38 PM

Ok, we fill our tanks at home, and have been doing for 3 years. We usually just fill it until it stops, but I heard if you overfill it it might burst. How do you fill it safely?
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:40 PM

CO2 or hpa?
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:42 PM

call a local sporting goods shop and ask them. A good one like one themed for the outdoors man, not one like sheels or sports authority they might be hesitant to tell you.
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:50 PM

Overfilling is not good. As the tanks warm up, there is not any extra room for the Co2 to expand and theres more of a risk of blowing your burst disk. When filling your tanks, you should fill them a couple ounces less than their capacity (depending on size, 9oz tank filled to 8oz, 20oz tank filled to 18oz). This allows room for expansion as the tank warms.

Get an inexpensive digital fish scale to weigh the tanks and how much your putting in.

The only time I fill a tank to full capacity is when I am immediatly putting it on my marker and playing.
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:52 PM

View PostAlix Primus, on Feb 8 2008, 12:38 PM, said:

Ok, we fill our tanks at home, and have been doing for 3 years. We usually just fill it until it stops, but I heard if you overfill it it might burst. How do you fill it safely?

Are you even using a scale? If not you are probably overfilling the tanks. In a worst case scenario your tank might burst after being left in the sun. Get a scale and under fill the tank by 1 or 2 oz.

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 03:40 PM

View PostHuff n Puff, on Feb 8 2008, 12:52 PM, said:

Get a scale and under fill the tank by 1 or 2 lbs.


Unless your tanks a massive like my 48oz tanks, under filling them by that much will give you hardly any shots :P .
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 04:40 PM

First, we need to know if it's HPA or CO2.
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 06:01 AM

View PostOrpackrat, on Feb 8 2008, 12:50 PM, said:

Overfilling is not good. As the tanks warm up, there is not any extra room for the Co2 to expand and theres more of a risk of blowing your burst disk. When filling your tanks, you should fill them a couple ounces less than their capacity (depending on size, 9oz tank filled to 8oz, 20oz tank filled to 18oz). This allows room for expansion as the tank warms.

Get an inexpensive digital fish scale to weigh the tanks and how much your putting in.

The only time I fill a tank to full capacity is when I am immediatly putting it on my marker and playing.


We always fill them and then immediatly put them on our guns.

View PostJackRock, on Feb 8 2008, 04:40 PM, said:

First, we need to know if it's HPA or CO2.


CO2.
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 06:42 AM

the tanks burst disk will blow before the tank does. The burst disk is the little nob thingy below the threads.
you should not have the worry about the tanks blowing up.
just keep them in hydro
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 07:26 AM

View PostTora, on Feb 9 2008, 08:42 AM, said:

the tanks burst disk will blow before the tank does. The burst disk is the little nob thingy below the threads.
you should not have the worry about the tanks blowing up.
just keep them in hydro



Not necessarily true, like everything else safety devices fail. Even if the burst disk blew severe injury can be caused by liquid co2 contacting the skin as well as injury when the tank goes flying across the room under the pressure being vented. If its still connected to the bulk tank you now have a flying pendulum ready to take someone out.

Use your head people and stop making unsafe recommendations. Your only option is to stop filling until you get a proper scale. Weigh the tank empty and add 1 to 2 ounces less than the maximum. For example if a 20 oz tank weighs 15 Oz's empty then you should fill until it reaches 33 - 34 Oz's. This is a guess on tank weight all tanks will be different you need to check yours.
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 08:44 AM

Where would I get this scale? How would I put it on?
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 08:52 AM

like some one mentioned earlier, a digital fish scale would work. Then just add a hook of some sort, to hold the bottle while you fill it.
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 08:54 AM

View PostAlix Primus, on Feb 9 2008, 11:44 AM, said:

Where would I get this scale? How would I put it on?


http://www.nextag.co...ale/search-html here is a site that sells scales. I have one just like these ones in fact I got it off this very site. As far as attaching it to your tank? you don't it just needs to be put on when you are filling it so you can get an accurate reading as to how much you are putting in. So just figure out a way to let your tank hang off the scale and you'll be fine.
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 09:06 AM

Ok, last question. Is it really necessary? We've been doing this for 4 years and we haven't had an issue yet.
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 01:02 PM

View PostAlix Primus, on Feb 9 2008, 08:06 AM, said:

Ok, last question. Is it really necessary? We've been doing this for 4 years and we haven't had an issue yet.


Thats kinda like saying:

I have not been wearing my seatbelt for 4 years of driving without an accident. You may never have an accident but if you do, you will probably want that seatbelt on when it happens.

Be safe and get the proper equipment before filling more tanks.
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