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    Thumbs up Blending panel

    Well this is my first post and here is a little something to show everyone what I've been working on over the last week.
    A friend that everyone knows as Explorer wanted a Mixing Panel built that would feed in: low pressure EANX 32 , high pressure EANX 32, low pressure air, high pressure air, HE and O2 connections, plus booster connections to optimize the remnants in both HE, and O2 cylinders.The panel does not have the labels on it yet, but other that that it looks fine.
    Lessons learned:
    1. Don't cut the gauge holes too big. +1/16" is fine.
    2. Wait until all the gauges are in place before drilling bulkhead fitting placements. Then you can confirm the elevation and orientation of fittings.
    3. Space the bulkhead holes far enough away from the gauges to allow for minimum bend radius.
    4. Lube the NPT fitting very well, as stainless steel fittings tends to gall without it.
    5. Buy a "Swedgelock" bender as they are worth the price.
    6. Take a pipe cleaner and bend the shape you want it to look like first. It helps visualize the angles.
    There are a few other things I might mention but my pride prevents me from exposing how forgetful (re: dumb) I can be when working late into the night.When the labels all get put on then I'll get Explorer to repost the photos.
    My new motto: Things will be different next time!
    All right Men as you were.
    Good night.
    HB
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    Re: Blending panel

    Nice panel -- is it plumbed for a booster ?



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    Re: Blending panel

    Yes, it was planned for a booster system. That's the next step. For the CCR kinfolk in our area.

    Glen did a great job!! Acually it's frinkin' great.

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    Re: Blending panel

    Quote Originally Posted by Explorer
    Yes, it was planned for a booster system. That's the next step. For the CCR kinfolk in our area.

    Glen did a great job!! Acually it's frinkin' great.
    I have been looking for something like this myself, though i would not want the low 32 and high 32, how much did this beaty cost you?

    /Jonny

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    Re: Blending panel

    Aldo Ferucci, AKA Bubnobub, who can be found on this site, has some nice info on his website about gas mixing pannels. It might be worth you taking a look at.;)

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    Re: Blending panel

    we (I) keep looking at upgrading our panel from just an air panel to full trimix.

    I'm just trying to find the components at the right price ;)

    Anyone got any good sources of pipe guages and valves? preferably in the Uk but failing that cheaper than UK prices :)

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    Re: Blending panel

    Beanie,

    Try Undersea Ltd based in Dorset, I have purchased a few items from them.

    http://www.undersea.uk.com/

    Louis

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    Re: Blending panel

    Quote Originally Posted by louisrankin
    Beanie,

    Try Undersea Ltd based in Dorset, I have purchased a few items from them.

    http://www.undersea.uk.com/

    Louis
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    Re: Blending panel

    Quote Originally Posted by divetheworld
    Also here, cool guys and very helpful.

    http://subaqua-products.co.uk/

    the full prices are on-line.
    Yeah full being the operative word I know about them I was thinking slighty more affordable ;)

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    Re: Blending panel

    Designing a panel - 0

    Running around having the panel built - $$

    Ordering parts - $$$$$$

    Having the plumbing done - $$$$$$$$$$

    Filling your first tank on a COOOOL panel - PRICELESS

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