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Hi! I have a compressor that leaks air on the bottom of the tank. I neglected to drain it during it's life time, so it got rusty at one spot and, when I pump air, it leaks. Is it repairable? Could any patch be welded, or something else?

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Due to the explosive ability of compressed air, I would not recommend any repairs to a compressor tank. It is possible to weld a patch on the rusty spot but the heat would weaken the rest of the tank and you could face a very dangerous explosion if the tank should fail at another spot. As an authorized service center, if I have to replace an air tank I have to drill holes in the old tank to render it useless and safe. Save yourself a huge nightmare and buy a new compressor.

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