Helium Leak

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tredd
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Helium Leak

I am a GCMS analyst for an Environmental lab that tests water and soils for volatile organic compounds. I recently changed the block on the back of my archon autosampler and now i have a helium leak on my soil purge needle. However the soil purge needle is not in use and should not be getting any He through it, let alone leaking. I attempted to remove the needle and cap it, but that did not work. we are still seeing a leak somewhere in the unit. any ideas on how this may be fixed?

Dr. Analytical
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Could you give us a little

Could you give us a little more detail about the method you are using, and anything else that might have changed?

tredd
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i am using method 8260B, but

i am using method 8260B, but i actually found the problem lastnight before going home. When i had replaced the block on the back of the instrument i must have missed an o-ring on one of the valves. so the problem is fixed now.

Dr. Analytical
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Glad to hear that you were

Glad to hear that you were able to solve the problem. Visit us again whenever you have questions.

bbeck
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In a related query, I am

In a related query, I am having trouble with carryover on soils with my Archon. The water method does not carryover. I can up the number of rinses on the water method, but not for soils. Any ideas? Possible helium rinse leak, but all flows seem fine.