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for the AT3K, AT2K, SM750, SM1500

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#1 atomatron

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 10:44 PM

My SM1500 blew its tank at SPANO then an AT2K tank and another AT2K tank...

So, I ended up with a '1500 tank and two AT2K tanks with the black rubber part of the valve blown out and I decided to fix them.

Here's the stuff you will need:
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-The broken tank as shown
-A 1+1/2" piece of a straw
-Bent piece of wire or something to put superglue into the tank
-Que tip
-pokey thing that is sharp at the end
-super glue
-scissors
-surgical pliers or needle nose pliers


You won't be able to work on it if you can't keep it open, here's where the straw comes in.
Cut the straw lengthwise so that it can be opened, then pull the valve open and slip it on:
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While it's open clean the base of the sealing mechanism with the que tip and score the base of it with the pokey thing:
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Then clean and then sand the back of the rubber part to give the super glue more surface area attach to and use a bent piece of wire to put superglue onto the back of the sealing mechanism.

Quickly put the rubber part into the tank sideways:
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and using the pliers situate it correctly on the valve stem, then remove the straw and pull and release the stem pounding the rubber part into place.

It should look like this:
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Apply silicone grease and it should function perfectly, this should be applicable for SM750s, AT2Ks, AT3Ks and SM1500s (for which the air release tube must be cut down).

Edited by atomatron, 31 August 2009 - 10:51 PM.

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#2 ChaosRaisin

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:26 AM

Cool. I never would've thought of the straw to keep the valve open.
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#3 Blue

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:57 AM

Following Ice9's instructions in the IRC I fixed my tank using goop. I don't know how the rubber thing got out of yours, that would have made things easier, but if it's just loose, you can kinda knock it down off the post and it will just rattle around. Then you drip a glob of goop on the white part and slather it all around with a paper clip, then hold the pin back as far as you can and start shaking... Eventually the piece will go back where it should be, and then you can close the tank, which will press the rubber onto the gooped up stub. Make sure the goop doesn't seal the tank shut either, rotate the pin while holding a paper clip against the sides of the rubber to scrape off the excess. Open the tank once every 5 minutes or so when the goop can still adhere to the tank to prevent it.

Edited by Blue, 01 September 2009 - 09:17 AM.

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#4 Ro-Sham-Bo

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 12:45 PM

There is another way to do this, shown here. However, I believe that your method of fixing tanks is much safer and less time consuming. Excellent idea.
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QUOTE(baghead @ Dec 31 2008, 07:58 PM) View Post

Wait a second? a Canadian National team... just won at Hockey!?

who would have ever seen that coming?


#5 Nerf Bros

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 05:36 PM

Man, do i wish i would have know this sooner... repairing a tank the old fashion way is really time consuming.
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#6 Blue

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:18 PM

There is another way to do this, shown here. However, I believe that your method of fixing tanks is much safer and less time consuming. Excellent idea.


Honestly, I don't think that even works.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:33 PM

Nice mod this will help a lot of people.
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#8 atomatron

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 09:13 PM

Yeah, that's why I made it, there isn't any sort of Repairs directory so I don't know what good this will do.
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#9 Stouty

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 05:29 PM

That is very creative using the straw, great job using your resources. Do you know of any possible way to get the rubber piece out if it doesn’t just come out?

The repairs directory isn't a bad idea...…

Great job overall

Edited by Stouty, 02 September 2009 - 05:30 PM.

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#10 Ro-Sham-Bo

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:19 PM

There is another way to do this, shown here. However, I believe that your method of fixing tanks is much safer and less time consuming. Excellent idea.


Honestly, I don't think that even works.

It does work however, it was extremely difficult and time consuming.
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QUOTE(baghead @ Dec 31 2008, 07:58 PM) View Post

Wait a second? a Canadian National team... just won at Hockey!?

who would have ever seen that coming?


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Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:39 PM

There is another way to do this, shown here. However, I believe that your method of fixing tanks is much safer and less time consuming. Excellent idea.


Honestly, I don't think that even works.

It does work however, it was extremely difficult and time consuming.


Did you just use a single layer of super glue like that guy did? Or goop?
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:10 PM

It does work however, it was extremely difficult and time consuming.


It took me 15 minutes to cut my titan tank in half, add goop and some vaseline to fix the seal, and then goop it back up. I prefer just cutting the tank in half, and the gluing an o-ring at the end of the firing pin, and then gooping it back up.
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