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June 23, 2013

Home Depot Husky portable air compressor repair.

Had it for less than a year and it broke. I drag it with me or use it when I don’t want to run air lines across the house (e.g. in attic when I was adding solar barrier.)

In a poor design, the tank is located in a vibration prone point to the pump, which causes flexing to the aluminum pump line. Eventually this fatigues and snaps.

10mm is close to 3/8’s. So I used acid core solder to braze a 3/8″ pex barb to the 10mm compression ring. Then I cut back the aluminum pipe and added a flair to the end.

Now connected by 3/8″ compressor air line, it will allow flex in operation without fatigue failure. The photos don’t have the hose clamps installed yet but you can see the adjustment.


A small change that would not have cost much more in manufacturing but would allow the unit to last far longer.

June 21, 2013

Another evening of fun…

My cheapy portable air compressor from the HD broke the aluminum tank line. Awesome. Metric fittings? More delays on my attempts to create custom insert panels on the Camaro.

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