COMPRESSOR QUESTION

i have a pc 6 gallon pancake compressor.....new... after reading the instruction manual.... before anyone starts flaming me.... i know... *real men don't read the instructions*.... but i needed something to read while on the throne.... no where does it tell me that i should de-pressurize the tank after using it..... admittedly, when i do empty the tank (which has been every time i am finished using it), there are ice crystals that pop out.... does it *hurt* the tank to remained pressurized ?? lots of times i have wanted to fire a nail or two into something to hold for a little while, but then realize that i have to start up the compressor....
and advice? thanx in advance........
ps.... i think alot of projects may get completed.... i just started a 2.5 week vacation......
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More info than we needed Warren! :-)

I left mine pressurized all the time (except once every few days for draining) but left it pressured up with no problems.

One of the reasons I left mine pressurized. Also - having a nozzle to blow the sawdust off the clothes, boots, and hair was nice as well.
One thing I did was once every 3 months or so, I would put about 8-10 drops of compressor oil into the tank. I would pressure it up and blow it out to where the pressure dropped to about 20# (I usually kept it at about 90#) I never drained any rusty water out of the system by doing this. I also had an HVLP spray rig but I also had a filter that caught any residue (rarely) prior to the gun.
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just the air line. The only way to remove the moisture is by draining from the bottom and it is not necessary to do it more than infrequently. I had a 25 hp with an 80 gal tank that we rigged a ball valve and tubing arrangement and most Friday afternoons we would blow down the tank. This unit was over 25 years old and ran 8 hours per day 5 days a week and we never had a problem. I have two small units at home - one is a 2 hp / 20 gal (almost 30 years old) and I probably don't drain it more than once or twice a year. Same with my little pancake which is only a year or so old.
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