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Regulator help

Post questions and info about pneumatic (compressed gas) powered cannons here. This includes discussion about valves, pipe types, compressors, alternate gas setups, and anything else relevant.
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Unread postAuthor: roughboy » Wed May 23, 2007 12:44 am

How does a regulator helps your air cannon? i've already read the wiki and still haven't know how.Also how does it work?
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Unread postAuthor: hi » Wed May 23, 2007 12:59 am

they help it so that it doesnt blow up. co2 needs to be regulated because strait out of the tank it it over 1000 psi, which it way to high of a pressure for a normal cannon to handle. the regulator makes it so you only get about 100 to 150 psi, depending on what you set it to.
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Unread postAuthor: roughboy » Wed May 23, 2007 1:18 am

so if my air cannon is hooked up with a co2 and a regulator and the regulator is set to 100psi, when i take a shot does the air cannon fills up by itself or do i open a valve or something to fill it up again?
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Unread postAuthor: TwitchTheAussie » Wed May 23, 2007 1:37 am

It normally should do it itself...I think.
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Unread postAuthor: idespisecats » Wed May 23, 2007 2:08 pm

if you know that little about how pneamuatics work then stick you compressed air. If you screw up with C02 you're going to kill yourself. Air compressors supply plenty of pressure for most people and cost about the same as a palmer. A safe solution you could use is this:
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=p ... d=166441-6 1735-J-6901-100&detail=desc&lpage=none

but it only regulates up to 120 psi, which is less than a good air compressor can supply. If you need the portability though, it's a good choice.
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Unread postAuthor: A-98 » Wed May 23, 2007 2:23 pm

I bought a palmers regulator, and i love it. unfortunately, the guage is a tad hard to read, or set exactly, so i just have a ball valve that i open a bit to fill the chamber, and make sure the reg reads below 200 psi.

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Unread postAuthor: roughboy » Thu May 24, 2007 1:00 am

Is the air in a co2 tank,like the ones in those paintball tanks and the air you get in a air compressure the same or differint?
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Unread postAuthor: Killjoy » Thu May 24, 2007 2:49 am

idespisecats wrote:
if you know that little about how pneamuatics work then stick you compressed air. If you screw up with C02 you're going to kill yourself. Air compressors supply plenty of pressure for most people and cost about the same as a palmer. A safe solution you could use is this:
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=p ... d=166441-6 1735-J-6901-100&detail=desc&lpage=none

but it only regulates up to 120 psi, which is less than a good air compressor can supply. If you need the portability though, it's a good choice.


Actually i picked one up yesterday and the thing goes past 120 psi, just need to replace the gauge to see what pressure its at and modify it a little bit (cut the plastic, replace parts that can take the pressure, etc). unmodifyed i'm guessing you can get it to about 150 psi before the handle stops turning.

Roughboy,
No, the gas in the paintball tanks is pretty much pure co2, while the gas in an air compressor is compressed atmospheric air, which is a combination of nitrogen, oxygen, co2, and a bunch of other gases.
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