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    Funny looking regulator!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtj View Post

    An even more important step is to unplug the electrical system when shut down after hours. More shop fires have been caused by plugged in compressors that develope a major leaks or burst hoses during after hours or vacation time, run continuously until they overheat and catch fire......................................Don
    That's why I installed a shutoff valve at the tank outlet. Unless that leaks, which it doesn't, I'm good. FWIW, I don't back off the regulator either..... Also, mine's hardwired ......
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    Quote Originally Posted by achris View Post
    I have a new compressor and I'm wondering if the pressure regulator should be backed off when not in use. I know that should be done with welding gas regulators (argon ect) so the springs don't get weak and show the wrong pressure, but what about air regulators?

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    When your done with the compressor .. pop the relief valve on the system.

    I dont know why this is a debate .. done with your compressor you drain the pressure out.

    Same with air hoses or anything else. Regulator or not .. you drain all pressure out of the system.

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    Pointless to pop the relief valve. It leaves all the water in the tank. The most important thing is to open the drain at the bottom until no more water comes out and it is supposed to be done everyday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by achris View Post
    I know that should be done with welding gas regulators (argon ect) so the springs don't get weak and show the wrong pressure, but what about air regulators?
    Really? The regulators on my shielding tanks have been set where I need them for the past 12 years or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yacht Dr. View Post
    When your done with the compressor .. pop the relief valve on the system.
    I dont know why this is a debate .. done with your compressor you drain the pressure out.
    Same with air hoses or anything else. Regulator or not .. you drain all pressure out of the system.
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    Do you not use your compressor much? Can't imagine intentionally emptying my 80 gallon compressor daily, especially through the relief valve - good way to lose an eardrum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldjeep View Post
    Do you not use your compressor much?
    Not my Portable that much . but I do the same thing. I relive the pressure out of all my hoses. I relive my tank Via the Pressure valve.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldjeep View Post
    Can't imagine intentionally emptying my 80 gallon compressor daily, especially through the relief valve - good way to lose an eardrum.
    You might want to empty the compressed air in your system how ever you wish.

    I have 2 200 gal 3 phase comps .. I find it reasonable to bleed out the Tanks Every Day.

    But just because its a simple compressor .. you need to bleed out the pressure. Via Valve or air nozzle .. same thing.

    I have seen peeps hook up a quick connect 1/4" male fitting to bleed out air .. that will make your ear drums think they were on deck of an aircraft carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTboatguy View Post
    Another thing that is real irritating, in the cold climate I live in, the darn rubber pressure disc freezes up regularly and I have to use a hair dryer to thaw it out at least 4 times a winter, which ends up ruining the rubber pressure disc, I keep two extra pressure switches on hand.
    Heat tape, covered with insulation, maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYBo View Post
    Heat tape, covered with insulation, maybe?
    Even with heat tapes we have had it freeze up in extreme temps. The only solution is putting in a heated building which I am going to do in the future.

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    I dont see why a few drops of Air oil or PB blaster wont keep them fittings from freezing. ..

    Works fine for me.

    Empty your tanks every time your done with them !.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yacht Dr. View Post
    I dont see why a few drops of Air oil or PB blaster wont keep them fittings from freezing. ..

    Works fine for me.

    Empty your tanks every time your done with them !.

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    I think MTs referring to the high low switch for his pump to kick on for the well water, but I have to ask though were the heck is his pressure tank??
    Cause if the diaghram is freezing, what about the rest of the system?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbh View Post
    I think MTs referring to the high low switch for his pump to kick on for the well water, but I have to ask though were the heck is his pressure tank??
    Cause if the diaghram is freezing, what about the rest of the system?
    rbh,

    The pressure tank is currently under the house, which is where it has been since I bought it, all of the lines are heat taped and keep the lines from freezing up, but I have had continued problems with the hi/lo switch, this summer, I will be re-plumbing and putting a new pressure tank inside the house like it should have been to begin with.. We have no basement, this is a mobile home that is sitting on a foundation.

    But I will get it all fixed up the correct way this coming summer, so no mo problems!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yacht Dr. View Post
    I dont see why a few drops of Air oil or PB blaster wont keep them fittings from freezing. ..

    Works fine for me.

    Empty your tanks every time your done with them !.

    YD.

    YD,

    Have never had a problem with my air system, I drain the water, and then let it pressurize again, I have never had problems with any hoses or seals going bad since I have had it, and do my maintenance based on what my Ingersol rep laid out. I am going to put an auto drain system on it and a thermal switch on the motor, like we had on our setups in the Military, so I won't have any problems at all with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTboatguy View Post
    YD,

    Have never had a problem with my air system, I drain the water, and then let it pressurize again, I have never had problems with any hoses or seals going bad since I have had it, and do my maintenance based on what my Ingersol rep laid out. I am going to put an auto drain system on it and a thermal switch on the motor, like we had on our setups in the Military, so I won't have any problems at all with it.
    I'm surprised that an IR doesn't already have a thermal switch on the motor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldjeep View Post
    I'm surprised that an IR doesn't already have a thermal switch on the motor.
    I am sure it does, but I am going to upgrade the system to what I have used in the past, that way I am confident in the set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbh View Post
    I think MTs referring to the high low switch for his pump to kick on for the well water, but I have to ask though were the heck is his pressure tank??
    Cause if the diaghram is freezing, what about the rest of the system?
    Yes .. but this is an OP thread that got somehow to MTs thread ?

    I was speaking to the OP and not a side track question.

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