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Old 10-30-2004, 04:17 AM   #15
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Am I supposed to click on something I don't see, to make the pix show ?
Because, I don't see a photo anywhere.
(that's what I meant before...heh heh---seriously tho, I would like to know so I can see what this is too. Where do you find them to purchase?
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Old 11-03-2004, 10:12 AM   #16
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Hope these pix load.

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Here are the pix. thanks for your patience. The red button is on top.
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drivo - Thanks for posting the thumbnails.

This device is still a mystery to me.

Does anyone else understand what this device is supposed to be doing/how it works? I would really like to know.

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Old 11-03-2004, 04:14 PM   #18
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This device checks for very small flow leaks in downstream valves and pilots. It operates by checking to see if there is any flow when the devices are shut off.
Here's the website: http://www.calormarineshop.co.uk/mar...eak_tester.htm
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Old 11-03-2004, 04:47 PM   #19
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camping world has a leak detector that sniffs the air looking for propane about $30. No corrosion problems. Many of the bigger rallys have a saftey crew that walks around doing propane checks.
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drivo - Thanks for posting the thumbnails.

This device is still a mystery to me.

Does anyone else understand what this device is supposed to be doing/how it works? I would really like to know.

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I had one of those on my SOB. The bottom of the unit contains a site glass with an oil type substance. You start with an unpressurized trailer. You push a button on the top of the tester and hold it down. Then with your other hand you turn on a gas bottle. As the gas pressurizes the system you see lots of bubbles in the site glass. Once the system is pressurized the bubbles should stop. If you see any bubbles as you continue to depress the button, you have a leak in the system. No bubbles you release the button and the test is over. I found it very easy to use and normally went through this test every time I pressurized the system.

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Thanks for your reply. Sooo, do i have to use glycol as the fluid or can I use a commercially available leak detector fluid that I can pick up at the hardware store?

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I had one of those on my SOB. The bottom of the unit contains a site glass with an oil type substance. You start with an unpressurized trailer. You push a button on the top of the tester and hold it down. Then with your other hand you turn on a gas bottle. As the gas pressurizes the system you see lots of bubbles in the site glass. Once the system is pressurized the bubbles should stop. If you see any bubbles as you continue to depress the button, you have a leak in the system. No bubbles you release the button and the test is over. I found it very easy to use and normally went through this test every time I pressurized the system.

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I wouldn't use any leak detector fluid, unless it is specifically made for a 'bubble' leak detector. Or if the instructions say what type of glycol (propylene? ethylene?) to use.

If it is an Alde type leak detector, you can send an inquiry to: info@alde.co.uk

Their part number is 4070-125. Ask if they have a US distributor, or what type of glycol to use.
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Thanks for your reply. Sooo, do i have to use glycol as the fluid or can I use a commercially available leak detector fluid that I can pick up at the hardware store?

Thanks for your time

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If the detector is dry, I probably would replace it with a new one. I don't know if there are any user serviceable components on it anyway. What ever was in mine, it seemed to be some kind of thick clear fluid. Whether it was glycol or not I'm not sure. My concern is that if it is dry, it probably malfunctioned and refilling whatever liquid was in it may not fix the problem. I certainly would not want to contaminate the gas system with whatever is in the detector.

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So I guess the next question is:

Do I really need this thing? The trailer works fine and I haven't had any problems, and it obvoiusly isn't working...

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I wouldn't use any leak detector fluid, unless it is specifically made for a 'bubble' leak detector. Or if the instructions say what type of glycol (propylene? ethylene?) to use.

If it is an Alde type leak detector, you can send an inquiry to: info@alde.co.uk

Their part number is 4070-125. Ask if they have a US distributor, or what type of glycol to use.
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Do you need it? No. But these are really good items to have since most folks don't have access to all the gas fittings to be able to do a leak test.

There is another method to do a leak test. If the gas is on light a burner on the stove to make sure the system has no air in it. Extinguish the burner and then turn off the gas at the tank. Wait 15-30 minutes. Go back to the burner that you had lit earlier and light it again (do not turn on the gas bottle). If the burner lights and burns for a short period of time, you have no leaks. If the burner does not light, you most likely have a leak in the system.

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