Tired of searching for a gas station with air pump for your car tires? How do you like paying a ridiculous amount of money ($1 for 3 minutes), only to have the pump stop just short of filling your 4th tire?
If you own a pancake air compressor, you can do away with all this nonsense.
REQUIRED PARTS AND TOOLS
- Air Compressor (Mine is Porter Cable Pancake Air Compressor, 150 psi), 1/4″ NPT, Quick Disconnect;
Husky Ball Foot Chuck, Model# 732-666 (shown below)If I had to purchase again, I would recommend a brass fitting like Coilhose Pneumatics CH10 Closed Ball Chuck, 1/4-Inch FPT (Please note that a clip is NOT INCLUDED)
- Coilhose Ball Foot Chuck is 100% brass construction to minimize corrosion risk. It is also a direct air line or closed type, which means that it comes equipped with a built-in shutoff valve (little pin in the ball foot chuck) with a maximum pressure rating of 300 pounds per square inch or psi (greater than my Porter Cable pancake air compressor rated at 150 psi; good safety margin);
Husky 1/4″ NPT Quick Disconnect (shown below)Again, if going with Coilhose brass ball foot chuck, I would stay 100% brass and buy a brass quick disconnect like the Dixon Valve & Coupling Brass Air Quick-Connect
- If you don’t have any yellow Teflon tapes, buy a roll of LASCO 11-1029 1/2-Inch by 260-Inch Yellow PTFE Tape For Gas Line, Extra Heavy (I wrote a post about different types of PTFE applications here);
STEP 1 – Wrap the thread on quick disconnect with PTFE (If you’ve never worked with PTFE tape before, you may wan to read How to Correctly Apply Teflon Tape to a Thread post);
STEP 2 – Hand thread the ball foot chuck onto Quick-Disconnect, while making sure NOT to reverse out during the process (if you do, you need to re-apply the PTFE tape); Use two wrenches to tighten;
Now you can attach / detach your female quick disconnect assembly from male quick disconnect port to inflate your tires for free!
- DO NOT use your compressor to fill bike tires or wheelbarrow tires! You can instantly damage your tires!
- Don’t set the compressor’s psi to match your tire’s psi. It will take too long to fill.
- Instead, set your compressor to 100-150 psi (I usually leave it at 150 psi) and use a tire gauge
Accutire MS-4021B Digital Tire Pressure Gauge for under 15 bucks.
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Thanks and good luck with your DIY project!