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    November 2005
Compressor stall
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, June 22, 2003 9:43 PM
I recently bought a small airbrush compressor at a flea market. It works well once I let it start.Sad [:(] I have had it stall if the intial pressure is not releived. Any suggestions? Should I tee in a small petcock to releive the pressure on start up? How about a small hole in the fitting where the hose attaches? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks martysBig Smile [:D]
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 23, 2003 8:37 PM
Martys, the residual pressure in the compressor is probably the problem. The internal compression will prevent the compressor from starting unless you first release it. Most compressors have a purge valve or screw in the hose fitting. If your compressor doesn't have one, you can
1) Buy a brass T fitting at your local hardware store and a bolt or fitting for the top threaded hole. Release the pressure before starting the compressor, then tighten the bolt down finger tight after the compressor gets going,
or
2) Buy a similar unit for your compressor from most any store that sells compressors,
or
3) (Least advisable but ok in a pinch) Before attaching your color-cup or siphon jar to the gun, depress the trigger on your gun (opening it for air flow) while starting the compressor, then, once the compressor is up and humming, release the trigger, afix your color source and spray away.

Hope this helps.

Glenn
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