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  1. I have an old Simair compressor which was bought brand new 20 odd years ago, but which I've only really used extensively for the past 4 years. Obviously, over the preceding 16 yrs or so, it was sat unused and I was concerned that the tank may have rusted over that time. Well, yesterday my fears were confirmed when I switched it on and heard a 'puff', after which there was a continual hissing, and, moving it to see where the hiss was coming from, I found water pooling around the base and a jet of vapour coming from a small 'chip' in the tank's paintwork. Clearly, the tank has rusted and has 'blown through'. My immediate thought was to get someone to put a bead weld over the top, but the local 'odd job man' said it would be better if I took it to professional welders. They are closed over the new year period so I am left compressorless for now. However, I have looked on t'internet and found that everyone advises that ALL 'blown' compressorss should be scrapped, citing deaths and serious injuries due to 'repaired' compressors exploding catastrophically. These were large industrial compressors though, and I'm wondering if a 6 litre 6bar compressor like mine would explode? Obviously the current pin hole was the weakest part of the tank and if it's welded another area might let go? I've tried phoning the manufacturer, to query this or ask if they sell spares, but I got no answer... again maybe due to xmas/new year hols..... but possibly the company no longer makes these compressors. Their web page was extremely basic and searches for their compressors through other outlets gave no results. Should I risk a weld, or just scrap the compressor? Or maybe I could fill the hole myself somehow, block the leak but know that probably the repair will blow before any other part of the tank - a kind of safety 'plug', if you like. Any thoughts, please? Has anyone else 'plugged' a hole? Badder
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