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  1. I used to drink around a 12 pack of Mt Dew a day. Obviously not healthy for me. In an effort to quit I tried to substitute all sorts of things and nothing worked…until I tried carbonated water. I had no idea that I was addicted more to the carbonation than the beverage. This of course let to a habit of drinking nearly a 12 pack of bubbly water a day. Needless to say I got really sick of carrying it from the grocery store to the house, so I decided to build a carbonator. The process is rather simple. Put some water in a vessel that is capable of withstanding at least 60psi, evacuate the air, add in some CO2 and shake to distribute. Colder water of course absorbs the CO2 faster, but that is easily resolved by some planning ahead and storing water in the refrigerator. I went to the local welding shop and purchased a CO2 tank, a regulator, and a gauge. From the local hardware store I purchased a shraeder valve for a car tire, some high pressure hose, some copper fittings and pipe, and both the male and female quick connects for an air compressor. The tank is rather large and ugly so I wanted to put it in the basement. Considering my furnace room is right below my kitchen this made things easy. In fact I actually chose my install location based on a straight run of copper J Here is the tank in the basement: A very boring pic of the copper tube being run through the floor J Two views of the gauge upstairs (not really necessary, but it is nice to know that the regulator is working downstairs so you don’t blow up the vessel) The hose to connect the CO2 to the bottle