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Old 02/23/2018, 08:54 AM   #1276
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I'm having issues getting a steady bubble count. I will get a bubble then a few seconds later 2 bubbles , then no bubbles for a few seconds and the cycle continues like that. I have my gauges set at 10 psi. I have a swagelok metering valve. Not sure which is bad, the metering valve or the regulator.

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Have you tried turning the PSI up? Maybe 10 is too low for the check valve.


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Old 02/23/2018, 08:58 AM   #1277
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I'm having issues getting a steady bubble count. I will get a bubble then a few seconds later 2 bubbles , then no bubbles for a few seconds and the cycle continues like that. I have my gauges set at 10 psi. I have a swagelok metering valve. Not sure which is bad, the metering valve or the regulator.

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If you have a check valve, it might be going bad and as stated above, maybe the PSI is too low for that specific check valve.


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Old 02/23/2018, 10:53 AM   #1278
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Should I see a bubble in the counter chamber as soon as the metering valve open? I notice it takes a few seconds for the CO2 to get to the chamber.

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Old 02/23/2018, 12:44 PM   #1279
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Should I see a bubble in the counter chamber as soon as the metering valve open? I notice it takes a few seconds for the CO2 to get to the chamber.

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It depends in what the PSI breaking point of your check valve is, assuming you have one.

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Old 02/28/2018, 08:41 PM   #1280
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Anyone using painball tank? I just built this one.






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Old 03/01/2018, 05:06 AM   #1281
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That's a handsome unit-I especially like the sky high shot. (:
Is the regulator two stage?


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Old 03/01/2018, 09:33 AM   #1282
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I never thought about using a paintball tank. How big is it and how long do you think it would last?


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Old 03/02/2018, 04:38 PM   #1283
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Is this check valve/bubble counter any good?

https://www.amazon.com/Metal-Bubble-...bubble+counter


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Old 03/08/2018, 10:16 AM   #1284
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I just wanted to give this a bump to ask again if the check valve/bubble counter in the previous post is any good.
If you guys in the know could please take a look and let me know, I'd appreciate it.

The check valve is the last part I need.


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Old 03/08/2018, 01:30 PM   #1285
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That Ista bubble counter is the one most commonly used. However, they should be swapped out every year IMO as I don’t trust the quality of it’s internal check valve. I’m not a fan of those and would rather use the bubble counter on my CaRx. Having that bubble counter fluid fluid that close to my expensive needle valve makes me nervous. Intead, I rely on the CaRx bubble counter and attach one of these, more reliable CO2 check valves inline.

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Old 03/08/2018, 02:31 PM   #1286
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Old 03/11/2018, 06:21 PM   #1287
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Does the direction of flow matter with the Burkett 6011 solenoid? I couldn't find an arrow on the solenoid or any info regarding flow direction on this thread.


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Old 03/11/2018, 07:28 PM   #1288
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Does the direction of flow matter with the Burkett 6011 solenoid? I couldn't find an arrow on the solenoid or any info regarding flow direction on this thread.
On the Burkert 6011 solenoid valve, “P” is the inlet and “A” is the outlet. See post #1 in the beginning of this thread where Alan goes over the assembly of parts.


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Old 03/11/2018, 07:30 PM   #1289
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That's a handsome unit-I especially like the sky high shot. (:

Is the regulator two stage?


Itís a single stage mini reg. It was designed for kegerator.


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Old 03/11/2018, 07:31 PM   #1290
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I never thought about using a paintball tank. How big is it and how long do you think it would last?


It can last 2-3 months on a 20ish gallons.


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Old 03/12/2018, 04:53 AM   #1291
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Thanks again, LQT. I did search Burkett on this thread, but that first post didn't come up...really appreciate the help.

alanle, outstanding thread to build a first class regulator. Thank you!


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Old 03/17/2018, 12:46 PM   #1292
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The little 'weatherhead' on my Burkert solenoid says, "0-250V AC/DC" which seems odd, seems like it should be either AC or DC. IDK. Anyway the cord has three wires- red, black and green. It was sold as AC. I need to connect a plug to the cord. Green is ground but I'm not sure about the black and red wires. Any help to sort this out would be much appreciated.

I couldn't find the answer when I searched this thread, hoping someone can help.


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Old 03/18/2018, 04:04 PM   #1293
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Black is always negative and red is always positive.


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Yeah with DC, but what throws me is this is supposed to be an AC solenoid. It has a ground wire and everything I've goofed with that was DC only had a red positive wire and a black negative wire-just those two.
With AC, the black is hot with a white neutral and green ground. So the three wire setup makes me believe it is an AC solenoid. If that's the case, maybe it doesn't matter how the black and red wires are connected to hot and neutral.


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Old 03/19/2018, 01:34 PM   #1295
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I'm having issues getting a steady bubble count. I will get a bubble then a few seconds later 2 bubbles , then no bubbles for a few seconds and the cycle continues like that. I have my gauges set at 10 psi. I have a swagelok metering valve. Not sure which is bad, the metering valve or the regulator.

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I am having this same issue with sporadic bubble counts. I also have mine setup via my apex and programmed to turn the solenoid off when it reaches 7.1PH however even when the outlet is off bubbles still occasional get into the reactor and usually pushes the PH .1 lower than the Apex setpoint. Is this normal?


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Old 03/19/2018, 03:18 PM   #1296
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I am having this same issue with sporadic bubble counts. I also have mine setup via my apex and programmed to turn the solenoid off when it reaches 7.1PH however even when the outlet is off bubbles still occasional get into the reactor and usually pushes the PH .1 lower than the Apex setpoint. Is this normal?
Do you have a check valve on your CO2 line? If so, how old is it? Inconsistent bubbles may be due to a faulty check valve.


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Do you have a check valve on your CO2 line? If so, how old is it? Inconsistent bubbles may be due to a faulty check valve.
Yes, I do have a check valve, the one that came with my GEO 624 Calcium reactor, 3 months old.

Shall I assume that if the check valve is working and the Burket Solenoid is working properly and in the off state that there should be no CO2 Gas entering the reactor?


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Yes, I do have a check valve, the one that came with my GEO 624 Calcium reactor, 3 months old.

Shall I assume that if the check valve is working and the Burket Solenoid is working properly and in the off state that there should be no CO2 Gas entering the reactor?
What's the output pressure of your regulator? Also, what the breaking point of your check valve? If the output pressure of the regulator is close to the breaking point of the check valve, then you might get inconsistent bubbles as well.

When the solenoid closes, there is still gas in the line and still entering the reactor. For my Burkert, after the solenoid turns off, the bubble slow drastically and in about 15 - 20 seconds no bubbles at all.


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What's the output pressure of your regulator? Also, what the breaking point of your check valve? If the output pressure of the regulator is close to the breaking point of the check valve, then you might get inconsistent bubbles as well.

When the solenoid closes, there is still gas in the line and still entering the reactor. For my Burkert, after the solenoid turns off, the bubble slow drastically and in about 15 - 20 seconds no bubbles at all.
Good to know, what should the output of the regulator be, I think I am at 50PSI right now. Out of town so can't confirm. Is that too high?


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Black is always negative and red is always positive.
I just talked to the people at Burkert and sure enough, it's a DC solenoid-it takes 24V. They said the ground doesn't need to be connected. I've yet to see a wall wart with a ground...Why the 'weatherhead' on the solenoid says 0-250V AC/DC is beyond me. I must admit the label on the weatherhead did say 24V DC but had some crud on it and was hard to read after I cleaned it...

This was sold as an AC solenoid. I sure am glad the person who ruined their solenoid posted and I found it when I searched the thread. Hooking this up to AC would be such an easy mistake to make.

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