As a child we had a plain simple tank. When the pump would start short
cycling we turned of the supply and drained all the water out of the
tank. (I was doing it by the time I was 10.) Then with the tank full
of air turned on the pump again and with the pressure of the water, the
air in the tank was pressurized. The only problem is that the air in
the tank starts to dissolve into the water, until most of the air is
gone and it starts to short cycle again. That's the reason for the
bladder, to separate the air from the water.
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