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  • Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

    Am I the only one that hates the Ridgid foot switches in cold weather?
    Man there has to be a better hose that doesn't get so hard in the cold. I cant keep air in the bulb`s during winter time. I know there has to be something better out there??????
    I use my torch to heat up the hose so I can run the machine for a few minutes before the bulb goes flat.....errrrrrrrrrr

    I know it`s colder up at Ridgids shop (Ohio) then here. Come on Ridgid, take one out side and try to use it
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    Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

    It's a bit colder here.Ridgid uses a standrd size hose.
    Make up a spare with tube you have faith in or reconnect what you have with sleeves
    and your own clamps.It is 11 degrees right now here and will be a bit colder in the morning when I start a 180 footer from an outside c/o.

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    • #3
      Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

      It`s 23 degrees here with a WC of 8 degrees
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      • #4
        Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

        funny as my k-60 runs without the bulb

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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        • #5
          Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

          But my K-7500 is still faster even in the cold
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          • #6
            Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

            Why not make a GFCI type "click" pedal? (I'm no electrician but you get my meaning.)

            J.C.

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            • #7
              Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

              Because of this
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              • #8
                Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

                Still can be done. Sewer pumps with their power are submerged.

                J.C.

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                • #9
                  Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

                  Use a mercury float switch off a sump pump. Up is on.down is off. Screw the safety police.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

                    I noticed the same problem lately. I thought it was a bad foot switch. I ordered replacements, then on a warm day, it worked fine. Then last night, same problem, can't keep air in it. I was guessing it was the cold weather but wasn't sure.
                    At least now I'll have spares ready in my shop when the replacements come in.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

                      I never in all my years with my Spartan had problems with the air switch.


                      They have a thick aluminum pleated bottom to the switch and the connections are tight.


                      I've used leaking ones in the past and they are more than irritating.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

                        How do you inflate an air bulb?
                        Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

                          I changed my hose to some clear gas line hose, stays flexible and I don't get that problem anymore but I keep a spool of it around because it offers no rub protection and wears through.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

                            Just had an idea; why not put an inline schrader valve in the hose and inflate the bulb with nitrogen which isn't affected by cold?
                            Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Foot Switch Bulbs in the Cold

                              it`s the rubber hose that causes the problem or the rubber like stuff it`s made out of anyway
                              It will harden up in the cold and not seal on the nipple at the switch box.
                              If you pull on the hose the bulb will fill back up with air. After a few times you will have to cut the end off or it wont seal at all on the nipple.
                              There has to be a better way
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