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Old 04-14-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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Air pump damage?

Will it damage an air pump that has two outlets, if one is stopped up. I always plug up the outlet that I am not using.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:09 AM   #2
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I would say yes. The back pressure will damage the valves and/or diaphragm. These can be replaced of course.
What you should do is get a Tee to join both outputs to a single line and then connect that to a 3 way or gang valve. That way you can open one value to supply air to the tank and another to to handle the excess air.
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I would say yes. The back pressure will damage the valves and/or diaphragm. These can be replaced of course.
What you should do is get a Tee to join both outputs to a single line and then connect that to a 3 way or gang valve. That way you can open one value to supply air to the tank and another to to handle the excess air.
That is a pretty good idea about the valve. The only reason I don't want to leave it open was that it was more noisy. I put a T in it and connected it, and it blew more bubbles than I would prefer.

I'll try that valve, and hopefully it won't make too much noise.
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Try the valve. If the open valve is still making too much noise then connect a length of airline to it and place the end in a sock to muffle the sound.
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Try the valve. If the open valve is still making too much noise then connect a length of airline to it and place the end in a sock to muffle the sound.
I have a long peace on of air line on the outlet I'm not using. It works pretty well.
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