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Diamond Pacific Brass Geysers - wore out?

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« on: February 15, 2011, 08:04:44 pm »

I have a couple of Diamond Pacific brass geysers that just do not work well any longer.   Have any of you wore out one or is there a way to clean them out to work better?

At $40. each I do not want to be buying replacements if there is a cure I do not know about.

To put the abuse they go through in perspective - I will be putting on a the third air pump on the machine that seems to have geysers that are worn out and I do a lot of maintenance on the air pumps to get all of the life I can out of them.   I can totally tear one down, clean it, lube it and put it all back together in 15 minutes or less. 

I can tear down clean and lube the front pulley and piston rod bearings in about 6 minutes - including taking off the wheels and putting them back on!   I modify the front of the piston arm by doming it so that it slides easily into the main bearing and pulley assembly easily and that is the trick to doing this.  I even contacted Diamond Pacific and explained what I do and suggested they do this but so far I don't think they have.  I tear this assembly down and clean and lube it every 15 to 20 hours of running time when new and about every 8 to 10 hours once they are badly worn and starting to knock.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 08:19:09 pm »

Take a small drill bit and try to clean out the inlet tube, clean the slots on the side and if that doesn't work try soaking them in vinegar. Sometimes they get a mineral buildup from minerals in your local water. There shouldn't be any wear on them, though.
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 08:46:39 pm »

Redrill them, or you can also make your own.
They are very simple to make and cost about 3 bucks apiece to make, if you don't count your time.

Tony
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2011, 09:26:18 pm »

Tony,

How do you make one?   You have my curiousity up and running now.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2011, 09:58:04 pm »

Take any solid chunk of aluminum or brass or whatever you have.
Start with a piece about 3/4" h x 3/4" w x 1 1/2" long
Drill a hole all the way through it from left to right about 1/4 up from the bottom through the 3/4" wide section. Then drill a  hole in the center of the top down into the hole you just drilled from left to right, this should make an upside down T inside the block. Then drill another hole (slightly larger) lengthwise from the front face (3/4 x 3/4) to the connection at the bottom of the upside down T and put a nipple in this hole, this will be where you connect the air hose to.
The amount of spray and height depend on the size and length of the hole and the amount of air flow. Start with smaller holes and if it is not enough spray, enlarge the holes slightly.

It is too simple, they don't want you to know about it.

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2011, 06:52:44 am »


Michael, did you try this yet?

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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2011, 09:01:40 am »

Is it like the rectangular ones that come with the Genie?  I had one that was giving me a fit & I finally got it working right.  I boiled them in vinegar & water, the one several times.  Also used a piece of wire to poke through the hole.
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2011, 10:30:17 am »

I cleaned them and drilled out the inlet side as that was easy. 

They drill an upper hole for the actual feed for the spitter that has a brass plug.  I havent tried drilling out the plug yet to see if that would bring them back to near how they work new.  I just haven't had time to play with this aspect as they are now at least working good enough to use effectively.
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2011, 11:58:37 am »

Mine have clogged a bit on occasion and i take a thin pin and bend it and shove it in the spray hole and twist it around.  I use a straight pin for the water line fitting.  The boiling in vinegar sounds like a good idea too for build up.  I think that sometimes, little chunks of stone break off and fall into the water tray and then get sucked into the geyser and can get stuck and disrupt the spray.  Those need to be forcibly removed.

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