As I was firing up my very old air compressor the other day I hear a
little pop and the hissssssss of escaping air. Turns out a pin sized
hole popped open in the bottom of the tank. Is there a way to repair
this kind of damage or is it shot?
If you got one pinhole more are probably on the way. Think about
replacing the tank if the rest of the unit works well. For a temproary
repair you could put a blob of epoxy on a sheet metal screw and screw
it into the hole.
I agree, but feel compelled to note that asking a salesman if you should
buy something new, is like asking your barber if you need a haircut.
Pressure tanks should _never_ be repaired. Even low pressure tanks like
a compressor uses - there is way too much energy stored in there to risk
anything with it.
On 19 Jan 2005 06:26:03 -0800, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
The tank is most likely rusted out. If it's more than 10-15 years
old, time to replace it. If you'd rather attempt a repair, sand/clean
the hole area down to the metal (about the size of a quarter) and mix
up a small batch of the epoxy JB Weld. I've been waiting for the day
that air compressors have an easy and efficient way to remove moisture
and prevent rusting. My portable 5-gallon tank is date stamped not
to be used past 2007.
Warning!!! this can be hazardous!!!! If you want to do it clean the hole to
new metal NO RUST AT ALL. Hole can be no larger then 1/4 inch maximum.
Force the J B weld into the hole, more inside then outside and a goodly
amount outside. Allow J B weld to dry for at least 24 hours. I have a
serous of five holes along a seam in a tank that I repaired this way and
they have held for 3 years now. I use the compressor and then allow it to
drain of air. I have another compressor that I use full time. I don't
think I would use the repaired tank full time with this type of repair
though, it is at best a stop gap until you can find a new tank. Air tanks
can do a lot of damage when they give way.
You really shouldn't offer this kind of advice. Just because you claim that
it is hazardous does not make you any less libel if someone follows it and
gets hurt. That tank is dangerous and should be discarded and the same goes
for the one you repaired.
If at first you don't succeed, you're not cut out for skydiving
"Sweet Sawdust" < email@example.com> wrote in message
Can the tank now!
Your tank holds pressure but the fact that you have a breach is indicative
that the structural integrity of the tank is well beyond it's safety margin.
When an air tank blows it is like a bomb going off, complete with shrapnel.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
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