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 Post subject: Helium Problem
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:39 pm 
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Hi I'm new to this forum and balloons. I been having some issues with helium, the longest a balloon has stayed up for is about 4 hours :roll: and that was foil! I'm filling them so the balloon is smooth at the sides!

Any suggestions how to do it properly? Thanks x


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 Post subject: Re: Helium isn't saying up
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:29 pm 
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Is the helium good.
What size are you inflating the latex rounds, are they helium quality?
The foils, are they big enough to float, some foils are air filled only.
Are the foils good quality, are you using a rubber or metal to inflate,
on metal you may have a slight burr that is damaging the balloons when inflating.
Are you sealing the balloons correctly, many things can be causing the problems.

I'd better say I do not do d├ęcor, just twist.

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 Post subject: Re: Helium Problem
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:51 am 
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A bag sealer is great for the foil balloons. I found before I did this that the foils did get soft due to very slow leakage.
Latex balloons. They will always go down after a few hours because they are porous so you need high float
You only need a small amount snide the balloon and it keeps them up for days.

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 Post subject: Re: Helium Problem
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 5:24 pm 
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If you are using good quality latex balloons 11" should float for 16-20 hours without hi float... 9/10" balloon will float for 6-10 hours

lesser quality latex balloons will float for less time

If you are using foils anything smaller than 18" is usually air fill only

We dont buy pure helium anymore (not done for many years), its called balloon gas.. because
1/ they added oxygen to try to save the lives of those that inhale it

2/ BOC (dont know about others) goes to NHS first to cool MRI and CT scanners etc then is collected back and changed to balloon gas.

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 Post subject: Re: Helium Problem
PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 8:02 pm 
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It sounds like you are over filling the foils if the sides are smooth.
Are you using the right tool? There is an inflator for foils that automatically cuts out when it is correctly inflated.

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