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Air Tank Pinhole?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by InjectorTim, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. InjectorTim
    Joined: Oct 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,242


    Looks like I might get air in my garage, The tank I was given has a tiny pinhole, It looks like it could be easily sealed up with a mig tack, but with high pressures involved I just wanted to make sure this would be cool.
  2. if you have one pin hole leaking , you have dozens more ready to start leaking
  3. 61bone
    Joined: Feb 12, 2005
    Posts: 890


    No, not kool This indicates that the tank is rusted on the inside beyond its useful life
  4. draggin ass
    Joined: Jun 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,920

    draggin ass
    from hell

    would it maybe have a small hole to leak out water?(made that way) just curious.

  5. poncho62
    Joined: Nov 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,094


    Mine had one of those, but it wasn't designed that way..............:D

    Temp fix, put a metal screw in it ans braze over it.
  6. No. The problem is when guys drain their tank they don't get all the water our of it. that wats sits and rusts the tank out from the inside.

    You tank is shot. Don't bother welding it. get a replacement. they are cheap.
  7. Cheaper than losing an arm or an eye when it blows, and it will. Get a new tank & you won't have to cringe everytime the compressor starts up.
  8. Bugman
    Joined: Nov 17, 2001
    Posts: 3,483


    Pinhole = bomb waiting to go off. The pin hole is a sign that the metal is very very thin. one to many clunks or bangs or to much vibration and the whole tank will let loose.
  9. t.canter
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
    Posts: 11


    my compressor tank did this about 5 years ago. i put a wad of jb weld over the hole and it hasnt leaked since. never thought about it blowing up.
  10. FuelRoadster
    Joined: Nov 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,069


    Ive got an old converted freon jug I use for portable air at work.(cars that sit for weeks/months at a time)
    And yes,I cringe every time I fill it,waiting for the cheap ass filler-thingy to blow up in my face.
    Im gonna get a good one after seeing that web site up there !
  11. Sealed Power
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 627

    Sealed Power
    from TN

    EXACTLY!! I know a guy that had one of the small roll around compressors blow up on him while he was working on his car. It damn near blew his leg off. :eek: Required major surgery and he was laid up for months. Not worth it in my book, trash that thing and buy a new one.
  12. jasonrmorrow
    Joined: Apr 18, 2005
    Posts: 84

    from Calgary

    But once you buy the new one...cut the sucker in half and find out if it really was rusted !! If you like to torture yourself a least you'll know !! Seriously though it wouldn't be "blown" money...was that a pun ? When safety is a concern its not a bad idea to spend the cash.
  13. Brad54
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
    Posts: 6,015

    from Atl Ga

    I always look at things this way: What happens when my son flips on the compressor to fill his bike tire, and then it blows up?

    That line of logic ALWAYS makes me take a few extra moments to ensure I'm being smart and safe in the shop.

  14. THOMAS S&C
    Joined: Sep 24, 2006
    Posts: 416


    There's some good info on this post... I noticed a small leak in the bottom of my tank about a year ago, it's a pretty old comp. ( think it has 1935 patent dates on it) probably should replace the tank before it blows... and I was just up at the shop and had planed on draining my tank, but I forgot again I think I'll wright it down this time.
  15. 50dodge4x4
    Joined: Aug 7, 2004
    Posts: 3,535


    So, where are these cheap replacement tanks? Any I found cost almost as much as the whole compresser.
  16. Big Dad
    Joined: Dec 20, 2005
    Posts: 4,581

    Big Dad

    carefully drain the air .. and destroy that thing before it kills someone
  17. Jason455
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 515


    There was a story on here about one that blew up taking out half the stuff in the garage along with a nice car. Someone could die if it goes.
  18. chopo
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,265


    replace it for sure. We had one go off in our tech glass in high school. It never got drained because it was always in use. made a heck of a mess. stuck some steel pieces into the block wall. very dangerous.
  19. old beet
    Joined: Sep 25, 2002
    Posts: 5,750

    old beet

    You got the makeins of a nice big BBQ!.........OLDBEET
  20. InjectorTim
    Joined: Oct 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,242


    I had a feeling that was the case, glad I made sure.
  21. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
    Posts: 4,173

    Automotive Stud

    My dad worked in a shop when the bottom blew out of one of the compressers. They were big, but they were bolted down and in thier own room. From what I understand they welded a rather large patch in it until it was replaced shortly after. I can only imagine the sound! Once I pulled the valve out of one with 80 psi in it and it sounded like a bomb went off.

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