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floor pump hose attachment(4 posts)

floor pump hose attachmentAndy
Dec 30, 2002 2:11 PM
Is there such a thing as an attachment you can install between your floor pump hose and the pump head that will allow the pump head to twist freely on the hose I like to untwist my pump head from the valve stem to reduce the stress on the stem. My hose gets all kinked up as I untwist it. It's not a big deal but I thought it was worth asking about anyway.
re: floor pump hose attachmentDINOSAUR
Dec 30, 2002 3:20 PM
I think I understand your question. You can replace the valve attachment of your floor pump with a Slica brass valve head attachment. You will have to cut off part of your hose to do this, then the Silca head pops on and off. I have one I've used for years in my tool box, never got around to attaching it to my new floor pump....I get tired of flipping the valve lock up and down...
Swivel joint?Kerry
Dec 30, 2002 4:38 PM
Are you asking for an air-tight swivel joint, so you can spin the pump head around and not twist the hose? Such things do exist, but I've not seen them at the scale of a tire pump. You'd best check with a pneumatic supply house. You might have to worry about leakage too, and the cost could prove extreme compared to the cost of a pump. OTOH, we can ask the question as to why you don't just pull the pump head straight off like everyone else does.
Dec 30, 2002 8:42 PM
Sometimes I do pull the head straight off but I also realize it's hard on the valve stem. I believe that over time it will weaken the connection between the valve stem and the innertube. I ruined a tube this fall when I pulled the head off a little too vigorously. After that I started twisting it off. I guess it's not a problem on tubes that have a smoth valve stem. My current stash of tubes have threaded stems and I don't want to weaken the tube/stem joint. I could purchase a new head that uses the snap-down lever instead of the pull-off head.