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Old 11-12-2014, 10:19 AM
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Default Beware of Old Aircompressors

A few days ago I was going to fill up the air in my tires on my RV-8 , so I plugged in my 30 yr. old trusted Sears 2 hp 30 gal horizontal aircompressor .While I was 1 ft. from the end of this compressor filling up my portable air bottle , without any warning , it BLEW !!!!!! .At only 100 PSI of pressure in the 30 gal. compressor tank air gage . I am uninjured by the grace of GOD, and my RV-8 was not damaged . But to say it SCARED me is an under statment ! If you have an OLD COMPRESSOR BEWARE of What CAN HAPPEN !
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:27 AM
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A few days ago I was going to fill up the air in my tires on my RV-8 , so I plugged in my 30 yr. old trusted Sears 2 hp 30 gal horizontal aircompressor .While I was 1 ft. from the end of this compressor filling up my portable air bottle , without any warning , it BLEW !!!!!! .At only 100 PSI of pressure in the 30 gal. compressor tank air gage . I am uninjured by the grace of GOD, and my RV-8 was not damaged . But to say it scared me is an under statment ! If you have an OLD COMPRESSOR BEWARE of What CAN HAPPEN !
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:34 AM
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Default Just to be clear..

..it was your portable container that blew, not the compressor, right? Good thing you're okay.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:37 AM
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Wow! You were indeed lucky.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:54 AM
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Now you know why aircraft pressure vessels have a inspection cycle.
Really, 30 years old and you are surprised?
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Old 11-12-2014, 11:11 AM
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Wow, so glad that you are ok, and even better that the plane is too.
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Old 11-12-2014, 11:52 AM
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Wow, so glad that you are ok, and even better that the plane is too.
Now there's an "interesting" sentiment.

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Old 11-12-2014, 11:56 AM
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To be honest I have never really trusted air compressors. Every time the stupid thing cycles I get nervous. And mine is almost brand new! I'm sure it's an unreasonable fear, but... not that sure.
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Old 11-12-2014, 12:22 PM
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Wow, that seriously came apart. Glad you and yours are ok. I've watched buddies at the race track toss theirs into the back of their trucks and I always say....you know what 100psi does when that thing pops right? Now I have a picture I can show them!
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Old 11-12-2014, 12:34 PM
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Now there's an "interesting" sentiment.

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OK, so that came out wrong. Obviously I didn't mean to imply that the plane being ok is more important than the OP's safety.
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