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  • #16
    I think tightening up the regulator to the cylinder slowed the leak. It still loses pressure in about 10 minutes after closing the cylinder valve though.

    Reading the manual (yeah, what a concept!) I discovered the dynasty has an arc time counter. Turns out I have 1 hr 33 minutes on mine so far. Of course I have no idea how much of that is tig vs stick, so not sure that gets me any closer to knowing how much gas I should have used.

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    • #17
      Hobbyist,

      Some regulator/tank combinations will leak off in 5 or 10 minutes after gas shutoff. Some will stay up 24 hours and I have some that won't totally leak off for 2 weeks! It really depends on the individual regulator rather than the brand. However, I have found the Gentec regulator/flowmeters by Smith to be of excellent quality and reasonably priced.

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