Regulator for air compressor

I've had a cheap Harbor freight air compressor for a few years & it has paid for itself. So when the regulator stripped out, I went to the blue borg and bought a replacement off their rack.
But that damn thing leaks right out of the box! I bought it several months ago & it has been sitting in the garage waiting for me to take the c-clamp off the old one and install the new regulator.
I just want a simple inline regulator. I have another one with the drier that I use when painting- but I don't think it is necessary when pumping tires or occasional nailing.
Is there a good brand of regulator, or are they all POS?
Jim
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Shop at junk stores and you get the POS. Go to an industrial supply house or www.mcmaster.com for quality.
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Jim Elbrecht wrote:

They've got a couple of models at Harbor Freight for $4.99. Others, with dryers and so forth cost a bit more.
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Well, now. . . don't I feel stupid. I know folks in this group are too polite or shy to say anything, but a "Hey DF . .. " is in order here.
Regulators are not [always?] 2-way. I looked on this one for an arrow, but didn't see it. Should have put my glasses on first, I guess, or stepped out of the garage into the sun.
Reading on Mcmaster about the 'relieving feature' I wondered if I might have installed the thing bass-ackwards. Sure enough- there is an arrow, and it apparently indicates the direction of air flow, not "this way to compressor".
Thanks Ed & HB--- [and probably SteveB who thought about it being backwards but was just too nice to say anything.<g>]
Jim
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Acceptable excuse, especially if you are over 50.
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