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I have an RI Proflo Model 014.3L, which like the previous one will not pick up liquid from the tank. Instead of having to push down to pressurize no force is required down but there is some resistance when the lever is pulled up and no pressure occurs in the tank/spray nozzle. I took the previous one apart and could find nothing wrong but needed something right away (kudzu was/is getting ahead of me) so I bought another one and figured on fixing the previous one later after growing season. Now I have two broken sprayers, one virtually new and one only a season or so old. Any suggestions as to how I could fix this thing? Robert Branch Walls, MS

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  • rebranch Aug 26, 2010

    It is not a clogged nozzle but something in the pump. This is a back pack sprayer, nominal 2 gallons. Do you know where I can find a manual that would have trouble shooting instructions and a description/layout of the pump mechanism? That is where the problem is, perhaps a seal but, if so, how do I change it? It is not old enough for the seal to have deteriorated so it may have slipped out of place or something, hard to tell from looking at it. Nothing appears to be out of place or missing.

    REB

  • rebranch Aug 27, 2010

    Thanks, glad to know what they call these things but everything on this site appears to apply to a different model than the one I have. Mine is a 4 gallon or so backpack sprayer and the only model number on it is 014L. Looking at it again it just could not be 19 something which appears to be the model on all these sites. On the Home Depot site there is a picture of it but no model number on or near the picture. The problem is definitely in the pump, probably a seal but I do not see how to get to it for replacement. It is virtually new so doubt the seal could be deteriorated but it may have slipped out of position or something. Do you know if the FloMaster manufacturer has a web site or where I could find a manyal or instructions on how to get at and replace a seal? I have another one that possibly had the same problem. Also do you know if the "kit" has anything other than the seal in it? I looked at several of these sites, thru about page four, and none lest exactly what is in the kit and none mention an instruction sheet it the kit. Do you know if there is such a sheet in the kit? At lease you have provided some usuful information. The first "expert" was totally useless.
    Robert Branch

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It's probably either a clogged nozzle or a bad gasket/o-ring. Here is a web page that talks about some things that go wrong and fixes:
http://www.epinions.com/review/Flo_Master_3_Gallon_Polyethylene_Sprayer_with_Buna_Seals_Incl_Extension_Wand_And_Nozzle_Ea/content_458124594820
Maybe it will be a simple fix, sure hope so.

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