Regulator lifespan and Pressure Q

  1. Jonathan Webb Member

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    Hi, I have a BOC diamond regulator that I had for my Argoshield, but haven't used it for 25 years and assume it ought to be replaced? Could it still be OK as I would imagine time is the enemy rather than usage?

    Given the old school nature of my regulator compared to everything being made in China these days, is this worth hanging onto - I saw that BOC will service them & wondered whether that is cost-effective & if anywhere else will service regulators?

    Secondly, people mention the pressure of cylinders but I can't quite work out how that matters: is it not the volume of the gas eg 1.4m3 that is most important, or does the cylinder become unusable at a certain pressure & you lose a greater proportion of the gas?

    Many thanks
     
  2. carbon

    carbon Member

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    From boc site

    The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) recommends that pressure regulators are refurbished or replaced with new at least every five years.



    Pressure does make a difference, boc upped the pressure in there cylinders a number of years ago from 200bar to 230bar and a lot of old regulators aren't suitable for the higher pressure Not sure about other gas suppliers cylinder pressure.
     
  3. Your regulator needs replacing
     
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  4. Jonathan Webb Member

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    Location:
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    Thanks,
    Thought I'd posted this:
    What do I need to know about regulators? Originally, I just took the one BOC offered & now there is a wide choice on the web.. I'm just putting in an order with Weldequip - this one looks OK for a little mig machine (Clarke 100e) ? https://www.weldequip.com/argon-regulator.htm
     
  5. Jonathan Webb Member

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    New regulator & stuff ordered from Weldequip.
     
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