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Discussion in 'Airbrush Compressors' started by Brocksamson7, May 18, 2019.


  1. Brocksamson7

    Brocksamson7 Double Actioner

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    hello everyone.
    Snagged a TC-20t on Craigslist for free! The gauge was broken on the water trap but the compressor was fine. Switched it out. When I was tightening the trap down though the head of the elbow that’s attached to the tank snapped off! Terrible luck. And under minimal pressure. Is there any way to remedy this???

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    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Admin

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    Yes just unscrew it from the compressor and replace it with a new one. Most hardware store will carry one.
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    Vladimir Detail Decepticon! Very Likeable!

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    The repair is quite simple. Heat the rest remained in the tank with the heat gun, but protect the paint on the tank with smth like cardboard etc, just cut round hole in the material you'll be using, put it on the tank and heat the fitting from different sides.

    Fitting sits in there on pipe thread sealer. No way to remove it normally without heating.

    When the thing's removed, just clean the threads in the tank, then screw in your replacement counting and remembering how many thread turns are required for the fitting to sit properly straight in its place. Then apply liquid thread sealer. Usually, in 8 hours it hardens (most of them). There are some fast hardening, but they're expensive. Just random blue or red thread sealer from home depo will do.

    After the fitting's seal is hardened, you can screw on your filter-regulator using the same procedure. No air leaks are guaranteed in case of using liquid thread sealer. Your compressor was sealed this way.
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    YES!
    thank you. I tried every way of twisting that thing off with nooooo luck. But heating up the thread sealer sounds like a solid plan. Thanks!
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    Took a torch to it. Spun right off. Back in business! Thanks for the help!
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    Vladimir Detail Decepticon! Very Likeable!

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    Glad to hear that!:thumbsup:

    Take some photos when the repair is complete and post them here:) Always interesting to see final and working result;)
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    jord001 Air-Valve Autobot!

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    If you took pics of the repair process pop them up too, I did when I replaced a bearing in m Iwata Compressor..

    Lee
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    Heated up the old elbow. Took a hammer to it a couple time to get it to spin. Put a new one on and hooked everything up. Works perfect.

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