Slow leak?

Sunday, January 29 2017, 11:00 AM
Hi everyone!

I hadn't been able to weld in awhile due to family obligations and whatnot (and a certain amount laziness in all honesty).... I went out to fire up the welders and found that both my mig mix tank and my argon tank were empty.... The last welding I did was mig and I thought that maybe I had left the tank open on accident.

But the argon tank was new! I did leave the flow meter/regulators attached. Is it possible that they are leaking from there? Do I need to disconnect the regulators between uses (it can be weeks or more between uses)?

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    Sunday, January 29 2017, 05:04 PM - #permalink
    NO need to remove the flow meter but you have to make sure the bottle is firmly off.

    Can't leave them open for any length of time unless you are welding..

    If the bottle was closed and you still lost the pressure you should be able to get a new bottle because yours leaked.
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    Monday, January 30 2017, 09:45 AM - #permalink
    You had to leave the bottle valves open. I have bottles that are over 5 years old and are still full.

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    Friday, February 03 2017, 04:07 AM - #permalink
    Hi Sparkweld, I'm normally consistant in shutting my gas bottles off at work each day. Once in a while I forget and find I've lost a small amount overnight. So it is a good idea to shut them off AT the bottle after you are finished for the day.
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