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    Balls

    Just cleaning some slightly crusty LP inflator hoses and managed to drop one of the small ball bearings from under the collar.

    Of course, itís rolled off somewhere and so Iím sure will never be seen again.

    Anyone any idea on the size/spec of these to find replacements, or am I just better off binning the hose or waiting until Iíve a damaged hose to salvage BBS from?

    Itís an Apeks branded rubber LPI hose, if that makes any difference.

    Thought Iíd ask before trying to figure out how to look these up, or worse still how to try and measure the diameter without losing another one 😂

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    Been there. They are a nightmare to refit.

    I just binned it and bought a new one, £30 isn't worth the grief
    JJ wanker

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    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/scd-di...334359&c=BLACK

    £15 - seriously don't even think about it

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    Heh, yes I've plenty of spare hoses, it's not an issue, was just trying to clean up some old crusty ones found in the spares box, and frustrating that the whole hose is effectively useless having lost the ball bearing.

    I'll salvage one from the next hose which gets disposed of

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    I strip and clean the inflator hose ends on my stage regs every now and then - they get crusty even if rinsed well and why scrap a perfectly good hose for the sake of a spell in the ultrasonic bath. I usually replace the schraeder at the same time.
    Tea Boy

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    Most annoyingly I only threw out a hose which had 'bulged' a few months back. Didn't occur to me that there would be anything worth salvaging from it.

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    Have you tried a sweep with a magnet in the area where the ball went missing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by N Bailey View Post
    Have you tried a sweep with a magnet in the area where the ball went missing?
    I used to keep an old car speaker for the purpose. Put it in a plastic bag so that it does not get covered in swarf, and it is great for finding bits in the garage/workshop/vegetation.
    I now have a magnetic dish (bought from Aldi) It sticks to the underside of a car and holds nuts etc. It also does the finding job.
    Paul.
    If God had meant us to breathe underwater, he would have given us larger bank balances.
    Human beings were invented by water as a means of moving itself from one place to another.

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    That's a good idea, I do have a large magnet I use to find any nails/screws/metal in pieces of wood before they go through the tablesaw or planer... unfortunatley with the bench being a bit of a mess of projects I had the ultrasonic setup on one corner of the bench, so it could be on the bench itself, rolled off the side, back or underneath.

    Definitley worth a try though!

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    Unless it is stainless.
    Paul.
    If God had meant us to breathe underwater, he would have given us larger bank balances.
    Human beings were invented by water as a means of moving itself from one place to another.


 
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