'fire the fe": what does it mean? and other questions :)

Discussion in 'Carbon Dioxide (CO2)' started by jarthel, 23 Dec 2009.

  1. jarthel

    jarthel Member

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    I have been reading the tutorial on using fire extinguishers and I got lost when reading the section on "firing the fe". How do I do this step? searching the forums/net was fruitless.

    I am assuming that "firing the fe" could be as simple as pressing/squeezing the levers. but since the term "fire the fe" was used, I'm not so sure if my understanding is right.

    off-topic questions :)

    1. How do I checked for leaks if the solenoid is built into the regulator?
    2. The tank that I got has lots of teflon tape to seal the nozzle. Do you think I need teflon tape as well? I know that in the FE tutorial, several people has mentioned not to use teflon tape as it prevent the O-ring from doing its job.

    Thank you very much
     
  2. wearsbunnyslippers

    wearsbunnyslippers Member

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    you are correct, "fire the fe" means fire the fire extinguisher, when you squeeze the handle :)

    i have loads of teflon tape on my nozzle too, but i didnt use any when i screwed on the regulator.
     
  3. CeeJay

    CeeJay Member

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    Hi jarthel
    Grab some soapy water and apply it to all the joints using a paintbrush or something similar. If you see new bubbles forming, you have a leak :( . Just steer clear of the electric solenoid housing :D .
    You shouldn't need any additional Teflon tape for your installation :D .

    Chris
     
  4. jarthel

    jarthel Member

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    do you mean I can reuse whatever teflon that is already there? or completely remove the tape and screw regulator with teflon tape?

    thanks again
     
  5. jarthel

    jarthel Member

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    thanks for clarification :)

    I guess I could try without teflon tape and see if there leaks.

    thank you
     
  6. CeeJay

    CeeJay Member

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    Hi jarthel

    If you are talking about connecting the regulator to the CO2 cylinder, then as long as there is an 'O' ring, you will not need any additional Teflon tape :D .

    Chris
     
  7. jarthel

    jarthel Member

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    thanks everyone :)

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    fyi: I had to use a nipple fitting (http://www.philmac.com.au/Product/Produ ... aspx?c=325) so I can connect the regulator to the FE. I had to use teflon tape on the fitting (fe-side) to seal it. No tape was required on the regulator-side. :)
     

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