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Snow and more snow


One of our trees.



This is the view this morning from my front door.

Finally used the compressor

About six months after buying my air compressor and nailer combo kit, I finally installed some trim in the house.  I was impressed that I was able to nail up quite a few boards over several hours with only a single charge of the 6 gallon tank.

Of course I wasn’t going all that fast, but it was still very nice to not have the compressor plugged in and making lots of noise.

Of course, I still have lots of trim to put down.

Icicle, icicle where are you going?

Came home today and found this icicle hanging off the eaves of my house. The icicle is over a foot long.

Fixed the Air Compressor

Some time ago I purchased a refurbished Porter-Cable 6 Gallon air compressor and tool combo (PC3PAK).  I actually only paid about $20 for it, because I got it on sale, refurbished, and used my health plan’s gift certificates (for having a healthy lifestyle).

Then it ended up sitting around for a while because other priorities intervened.  By the time I got around to using it (well past the return period) I discovered it would not hold any pressure.  This greatly disappointed me.  I read through the manual and went online, and even tore most of the compressor apart (shh… don’t tell anyone).  It still wouldn’t work.

Then while reading the manual again – carefully this time – I noticed the information on the check valve, and that the most common reason the compressor would not build pressure was due to a stuck check valve.  So today I finally took the check valve off of the tank.  It was stuck.  About 10 seconds later I had it unstuck.  I put it back on the tank and reattached the hose from the motor.

The tank held pressure.  Everything works now.

I had spent a month and a half agonizing over what to do with this compressor and whether it could be repaired or not.  And if I had just spent a little more time reading the manual the first time, I probably would have checked the check valve on the first day, and have had the use of the compressor since.  Trust me, using a foot pump to inflate tires or the kids toys is no fun.

Now I just need to figure out the correct nails to buy, and I can finally finish installing the trim in the house.  The trim that has been sitting in the garage for over a year.  My wife would really like the trim finished.