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Re: I need to register a Bright Bar I bought last week...
I hope you are asking about the Black and Decker Bright Bar. You request was posted under the "air compressor" category. Please comment on my solution so I will know it was helpful. Here is a link to the black and decker home page. Click on the grey bar in top right of the page to register your Bright Bar.
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Ummm. If you looked in the sight glass, you just DID check the oil level. If you didn't see anything, then there wasn't any, or enough oil! Better add some before you run it again. The oil should be about half way up the sight glass, and don't overfill. Make SURE you use the RIGHT TYPE, according to the manufacturer's directions. The reason most compressors use special oil, is because the valves get MUCH HOTTER than the valves in an internal combustion engine. Don't think it doesn't matter. Get the right oil. And next time, don't ask a silly question like that.
Piston rings may be broken or cylinder bore scored. These will allow oil to pass at a fast enough rate to cause problems for painting or media blasting, but slow enough to not register on sight glass or filler plug.
Alot of the older units did not have a sight glass. They had a dip stick on the fill plug. Over the years they broke off or the oil fill plug was replaced with a newer type that does not have the dip stick. To answer your question dip stick or not I always fill with oil to the bottom of the threads on the fill plug. You should remove the plug and check the oil level before each use on and older unit like this until you have a good handle on how much oil it uses. you may also be able to remove a plug usually on the front of the case lower left side and install a sight glass or low oil level switch. Have a good day!!
I've been working on air compressors for a while now and so far haven't found any that give a specific amount of oil to put in the air pump crank case. They all have one of two methods to get the oil to the proper level. First, and my favorite, is a sight glass at the bottom of the crank case. About the size of a quarter, it lets you see how much oil is in the pump as you add it. Usually they have a red center dot which is where you want the oil level. A little over or under is OK but the sight glass should not be completely full or completely empty, both are hard on the pump and drive motor. Another method is a dip stick usually on the end of the fill hole cap. Only bad thing about these is you have to put in some oil, check the oil level with the dip stick, then add more oil and check it with the dip stick until you get to the full mark. Again, not over and only a little under is where you want the oil level.
Depends on what plan it was made in...
If you have the glass type sight... Only to the max you can see (top of site), then run it for a few mins, let it sit for a few more mins then add more if the level is near the bottom of the sight glass.
If it's the dipstick model that pushed in, there will be an upper and a lower level mark (holes, or checkered section) Keep it between the top and bottom marks.
Finally if it's the older screw-in type, remove the dipstick and wipe it. Set it back in BUT don't screw it in. Keep within the range on the dipstick from that position. Then of course screw it back in/
Thanks, I will as I am not aware of that. WL2Y sent me his email address. I'm a bit uncomfortable in giving this out to just anyone. How do you feel about that?
My point is that I've walked away from Web Sites as here where I live, no one wanted to spend the money to do it right. Last nibble I had was last year and when I insisted on a significant down payment, then they balked. I don't intend to get burned on another web site ever again which happened to me over a self published book that didn't make the owner a million in the first month, despite of my insistence they understand it takes time, a good deal of tmie, for a web site to propagate and get noticed and then used. You understand, I'm sure. Besides that it was a bit of a scam on how to get your own patent. There was extensive use of public knowledge that was massaged to look as if the author created these methods that are in general use and published by the US Govt. Publishing Office.