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  • #1197
    thecat11
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    I need help in removing the valve from my condor tank? I saw a post a few months ago on how too do this! One post listed the use of a impact wrench, i need to no what model of wrench and the size? 🙁

    #30921
    mr-lama
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    Hi and welcome!

    To get it off, there are several methods.

    The one I used, was to just get an allen wrench the size of that thing in the side, longest one you can find. If you have a vice, put a towel around the tank and put it in the vice, with the allen wrench sideways. If no vice, just try and hold it. Get a hammer and give the good allen wrench a good smack. If it looks like it’s doing any deformations to the valve, stop, switch to another method.

    One some guys use, is to put it in boiling water for a few minutes to loosen up the locktite. Then, put a nice long allen wrench in the side and twist it.

    Might be some others that someone else can tell you, but that should get you started.

    #30947
    y
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    First thing… Put the pipe wrench and pliers down.

    Make sure the tank is totally emptied of air.

    If you have a hex screw in your burst disk hole then try what Lama said, but I prefer small taps over a big whack. The first time it comes off is the hardest because they put a lot of gunk on the threads. Small taps can break that.

    If you have an older tank that has a flat blade screwdriver bolt filling in the burst dick hole then you can remove the burst disk, replace it with a bolt whose head clears the valve body and give the head of that bolt short sharp taps with a hammer. If you use this method then I found that the burst disk doesnt reseal properly so I ended up replacing it with a solid set screw with an o-ring at the bottom to seal it up.

    Some people are actually trying to githen their tanks, so to make sure your doing it the right way – With the tank between your legs and the bolt/allen screw sticking out of the right, you hit downwards on it.

    I had to use a blowtorch to gently warm my older SS valve and then some gentle taps, but my Condor valves (x2) came off with just a few short taps.

    At least once its off, its easy to remove and replace the valve should it be neccessary again.

    #30950
    walkonking
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    What I did to remove my valve easily was this and no damage occurs.

    I made a 3″ long collar from metal pipe that fit around the thickest portion of the valve, the area of the burst disk. I drill and tapped a hole in this section of pipe that would line up with the burst disc hole and slid it over the valve. My valve has 2 holes one for the burst disc and another blind hole. I screw a bolt into the hole in the collar until the bolt was firmly secured into the hole on the valve. This gives a firm connection. Next I take a magazine and open it up in the middle and place the bottle inside of it and wrap it around the bottle. Then I insert the tank inside the vise until it is lying on its side at the deepest portion of the vise and tighten the jaws onto the magazine which protects the tank from damage. I then take a big monkey wrench and grab hold of the metal collar that is around the valve and give it a turn. The valve will come right off and with not damage to tank or valve. The large monkey wrench provides a lot of leverage and make removal easy.

    #30964
    thecat11
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    Thanks guys for the info on the valve removal. info worked GREAT!!!
    I had to remove the valve boby, because the brass nut came off and fell down in the tank for some reason.

    #30966
    bodhisdad
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    Try some teflon tape to keep it in place in the future, blue locktite will do as well. The new Talon valves have aputty, similar to plumbers putty, but sets up pretty solid to secure this area of the valve. This i do not recommend, its hard to remove if service is ever needed in the future. The other two materials will work just fine.

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