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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 10-19-2012 05:36 PM 1138 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2012 05:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question air hose air compressor

I have a small Harbor Freight air compressor that I occasionally use to add air to a tire or power a nail gun. The air compressor, regulator, hoses, etc probably have seen less than 3 hours use since I installed the system about 4 years ago.

Recently, I needed to use my 23 gauge pin nailer and so I fired up the air compressor. There was a constant hissing of escaping air. It turned out to be from a bad air line connecting the air compressor to the regulator. The rubber is completely shot next to one connector, and is hard over the entire 3’ length.

I have since replaced it with a slightly longer hose. But, I am wondering what maintenance I should be doing to keep the hose from degrading in the future?

Here are a couple of pictures:

The black spots on the plywood is rubber flaking off of the hose

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri


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#1 posted 10-19-2012 06:00 PM

I have never seen a hose decompose like that in 4 years, so I’d attribute it to bad quality/materials. Hopefully your new one is of higher quality. I don’t know of any maintenance that needs to be done other than keeping it out of solvents and liquids in general. Oh, and avoid kinking it especially near the fittings.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 06:01 PM

Get a better hose. Legacy’s flexzilla hoses are amazing.

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#3 posted 10-19-2012 06:20 PM

exposed to sunlight?

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#4 posted 10-19-2012 06:21 PM

Do we no longer have any pride in our spelling? Jesus loves you anyway.

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#5 posted 10-19-2012 06:24 PM

Most of those small compressors have a rubber hose connected to the pump output and going to the tank or a regulator.

I have a Porter Cable made the same way.

I have been expecting it to do just what yours has done because of the heat.

Thankyou for confirming my suspicions.

A reasonable fix would be to replace that section of hose with copper tubing; preferably with a loop to allow enough flexibility.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 06:58 PM

I was thinking of how people rub something on their dashboards and tires.

Teejk: no not exposed to sunlight

DKV: try typing on an e-book reader keyboard. Also, I don’t see anything about this topic what would imply that I am not acting like an adult.

Crank49: the compressor did not come with a regulator or hose. I added both of them from Harbor Freight. I went with a rubber hose so that I could move the compressor.

NiteWalker: I replaced it with a piece of Goodyear rubber hose. I hope that has a better life expectancy.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#7 posted 10-19-2012 09:49 PM

Hi. If it’s too near an electric motor like a furnace pump or blower it will degrade rapidly. Also, spraying with silicone spray or Armorall will increase it’s life.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#8 posted 10-19-2012 09:51 PM

dkv…I checked the spelling bee finals for the past several years and I didn’t see your name. I would guess that most people on this site are looking for help or are trying to help others and spelling/punctuation goes unnoticed (as they should).

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#9 posted 10-19-2012 09:58 PM

Dave G…I remember the “ozone” thing from electric motors but I have had one of those wheel barrow compressors where the hose is always near the motor (30 some years now) and the hose is just fine (wish I could say the same for the tank).

The little pancakes regardless of brand come with a rather hard vinyl coating. Junk I think…replace with quality hose and good to go. Do remember to drain the tank though!

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#10 posted 10-19-2012 10:05 PM

Given that it comes from HF it’s possible the hose is made from natural rubber , making it much more susceptible to
deterioration.

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#11 posted 10-19-2012 10:23 PM

teejk – yes bit of a puzzle since modern times I haven’t seen rapid deterioration. Probably Jim’s hit the nail.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#12 posted 10-19-2012 10:26 PM

Nothing you did, hose quality I assume. ALTHOUGH someone once said that if you kept anything rubber in a garage with a fridge or freezer that it would deteriorate more quickly due to off gassing from the compressor. I didn’t think a closed system like that would off gas, but your mileage may vary.

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#13 posted 10-20-2012 01:43 AM

Interesting that it is worse in the one section near the end.

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#14 posted 10-20-2012 02:15 AM

DKV – - – - What the hell is wrong with the spelling? I saw a couple of typos in the OP, but nothing I thought needed pointed out. Something I’m missing? Or are you perfect….........?

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#15 posted 10-20-2012 02:17 AM

Junior… decinagrates???

Yes junior I am as near perfect as possible. Look at my avatar…

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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