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« on: April 03, 2007, 12:46:27 PM »
I am currently in the process of pressure checking the fuel tanks on my varieze. The tanks will not hold presssure. The bleed down time from 3000' is approximately 1 minute. My connections are sealed. The hose is new surgical tubing type so I don't think it is the equipment or process that is flawed.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to find the leak other than the cigarrette smoke method mentioned in the plans?

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2007, 03:32:32 PM »
I remember that someone using a freon leak detector. There are
very sensitive and it took only minutes to find the leak.

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2007, 04:23:51 PM »
I wonder if an auto parts store would have a detector I could use?

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007, 06:44:10 PM »
Walter,

This leak sounds substantial enough that you may be able to use soap solution to find the leak.

Before you invest to much time and energy, try this:

Pressurize the tank (blow into it, no more than about 1/2 psi (150kts)

Mix about 2 or three tablespoons of dishwashing liquid into a cup of water.

Use a paint brush and start brushing onto fittings, connections, joints, corners, etc. look for bubbles.

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2007, 07:52:59 PM »
Make sure it is not the fuel caps that are leaking.  They do not seal all that well.
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2007, 08:28:50 PM »
I knew they would not seal well so I have put off installing them until I get the pressure test done.