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Old 12-09-2006, 03:42 PM   #1
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Hello, this is my seventh winter framing and as the place starts to get cold i can`t keep the hoses from freezing up it is a struggle every day with these hoses any help would be great.

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Do you have a water-condensation filter on your compressor?

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dry gas or gas line antifreze works alittle in the tanks keeps every thing working and so far it hasint hurt the guns.
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Get the water out! I use http://www.smcusa.com/ for most of my pneumatic needs. I think that you want a seperator/coalescing filter but I'm not sure about these in freezing temps. Your rep can help.
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the gas line anti freeze wear do i put it in a drip, i have a water filter but like its not doing much this year i thought it was the filter but i guess the filters good for life.
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Hello, this is my seventh winter framing and as the place starts to get cold i can`t keep the hoses from freezing up it is a struggle every day with these hoses any help would be great.

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What kind of hoses are you using?

I'm in NJ and it gets cold here. I use Flexeel hoses and they've never froze before.

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I have one of those hoses and it`s great i check out the link and saw the 3/8 hose i have never seen that in a store, you see i use a 3/8 25 foot hose from the compressor with a three way on in and then run hoses off of it the 25 footer is pvc i believe so maybe i`ll order one of those 3.8 from that link. I think i might try replacing the filter on my compressor thou the compressor is big 11 hp with a big tank on it .
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I have one of those hoses and it`s great i check out the link and saw the 3/8 hose i have never seen that in a store, you see i use a 3/8 25 foot hose from the compressor with a three way on in and then run hoses off of it the 25 footer is pvc i believe so maybe i`ll order one of those 3.8 from that link. I think i might try replacing the filter on my compressor thou the compressor is big 11 hp with a big tank on it .
I use all 1/4" for all my guns and never had a problem.
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air brake antifreeze works good. I pour a thimblefull in the line in the morning and blow the line out. no problems. My bigger problem is the guns. They freeze and jam up at around -20 celcius, even with the special cold weather oil.
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Joe is right, I've been using flexeels for a while now and no problems. The PVC hoses don't bend in the winter. flexeels are the way to go. Very light too.
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we use an antifreeze oil. It's for lubricating the guns and works great on the hoses too. We also keep the exhaust of the generator facing the compressor hose outlet. Seems to be working. You have to put the oil in first thing otherwise forget it.
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I have one of those hoses and it`s great i check out the link and saw the 3/8 hose i have never seen that in a store, you see i use a 3/8 25 foot hose from the compressor with a three way on in and then run hoses off of it the 25 footer is pvc i believe so maybe i`ll order one of those 3.8 from that link. I think i might try replacing the filter on my compressor thou the compressor is big 11 hp with a big tank on it .
Buying a hose is just like buying the best tool and not a cheap one. Buy the best hose and use them and don't worry about those garbage hoses that freeze. Don't just use one flexeel and spring off with junk, use all flexeel and you'll be fine. It's an investment just like the rest of your tools.
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We used to use "killfrost" just like gun oil but designed to keep hoses from freezing up. Then we went to flexeel when those came out.

Now that I am on my own I have a better solution... Dont work when its really cold out.
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Yup..... Killfrost the lines. Also use 3/8.
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Put a shop light facing your air 3-way, started doing this 2 years ago and it seems to work great. When it gets below zero nothing we have tried seems to work.
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With over 10 yrs. of industrial pneumatics under my belt AND a knowledge of the construction business I would recommend totally dry air or an oiler using alcohol (NO SMOKING!).

You must think of those coming behind you and a discharge of glycol, glycerin or other inhibitors can cause painters many frustrations.

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I am still at loss with frozen guns, hoses etc.

The only thing that I've found to work is to bring the guns and hoses home with me at night and stick them by a heater. This always gets me to at least lunch. Then stick them in the truck with the heat going at lunch. In real cool (+-0) I've rotate hoses in and out of the heated truck.
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we also face the generator exhaust at the three way on the compressor, seems to work.

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