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Hi have a quick question if anyone can help , I have a Graco Mark v for a while now but its building pressure with the spray value in prime position its doesn't air-locked so can still spray away but should i get it check out maybe ?
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Hi have a quick question if anyone can help , I have a Graco Mark v for a while now but its building pressure with the spray value in prime position its doesn't air-locked so can still spray away but should i get it check out maybe ?
Yes I would get this checked out. It could be something as simple as a sign that your drain/pressure release valve is going bad. If so simple fix with a wrench, or it could end up being something else which could be more costly. Best to get it diagnosed now before causing damage to a very nice pump.
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Yes I would get this checked out. It could be something as simple as a sign that your drain/pressure release valve is going bad. If so simple fix with a wrench, or it could end up being something else which could be more costly. Best to get it diagnosed now before causing damage to a very nice pump.


Don't y'all just hate it when some old goat from PTs past shows up and pretends to be some kind of expert? I know I do!

Lol. Damn, Work... how ya been? I'm closing in on retirement so you're probably a grandfather by now?

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Don't y'all just hate it when some old goat from PTs past shows up and pretends to be some kind of expert? I know I do!

Lol. Damn, Work... how ya been? I'm closing in on retirement so you're probably a grandfather by now?

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haha an expert surrounded by experts.

Slinger always good to see that you are still roaming the halls and keeping these degenerates in check.

Retirement sounds like a beautiful thing. I'm not at the grandfather stage but all my kids will be in High school next year. Time flys very quickly indeed.

I've been running like a dog and staying very busy. Last year there was no winter slowdown other than the planned 3 weeks before Christmas to after New years. Living up to the old handle I reckon lol.
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Slinger always good to see that you are still roaming the halls and keeping these degenerates in check.



Retirement sounds like a beautiful thing. I'm not at the grandfather stage but all my kids will be in High school next year. Time flys very quickly indeed.



I've been running like a dog and staying very busy. Last year there was no winter slowdown other than the planned 3 weeks before Christmas to after New years. Living up to the old handle I reckon lol.


No doubt time gets away fast, so don't get too "holic" on the work thing. They'll be grown and gone before you know it. Take care, Work.


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Don't I know it. My middle child drove me to Lowes yesterday. Crazy days lol.

You too Slinger. If you do fb hit me up and it will be easier to stay in contact. I guess it has been over a year since I was here last. I try to check in a couple times a year but I guess I suck at time.

What are the big retirement plans? Going Hollywood on us as a cast member of Swamp People? Or bigger and grander things?
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I've never done Facebook and I'm too old and bullheaded to start now. Lol.

I'm hoping retirement means more golf and maybe time to work on my own house. My old golf buddies and I still make two trips per year to a RTJ location. Haven't made it up to your neck of the woods yet, but hope to get to it one day.

Since I don't do FB, I'll swap some contact info by PM in case I get up that way.


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I've never done Facebook and I'm too old and bullheaded to start now. Lol.

I'm hoping retirement means more golf and maybe time to work on my own house. My old golf buddies and I still make two trips per year to a RTJ location. Haven't made it up to your neck of the woods yet, but hope to get to it one day.

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SteveO is going to be like wtf happened here lol.

Damn man I figured you hit the courses here by now. I know you talked about it quite awhile back. But I guess that is what retirement is for.

Hard to get time to do stuff at your own place. I started a simple drywall project in my house a year ago and it is still unfinished. Wife is not stoked lol.

Sounds good man. I am going to log off but will check in tomorrow. Take care of yourself and retirement does sound dreamy.
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Thanks workaholic, will get it booked in for a service and hopefully it doesn't hit the pocket to much lol
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Thanks workaholic, will get it booked in for a service and hopefully it doesn't hit the pocket to much lol
Np Steve0, imo it is always best to put the gear in the shop for maintenance on your time rather than have it be a forced downtime in the middle of a project. Hope it is just minor maintenance.
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In case anyone was wondering DO NOT buy the X15/X17 magnum models. I had one pump packing's catastrophically fail last fall after ~50 gal. Today on another pump the motor caught fire.

Never again.
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In case anyone was wondering DO NOT buy the X15/X17 magnum models. I had one pump packing's catastrophically fail last fall after ~50 gal. Today on another pump the motor caught fire.

Never again.
I always try and steer ppl towards a more suitable pump for professional use, and even home owners I deal with who inquire about pumps I recommend something that will serve them for decades with proper maintenance. Sucks that you experienced that. I have never used that tier of machines but I have seen many complaints about them not working properly after long term storage.
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In case anyone was wondering DO NOT buy the X15/X17 magnum models. I had one pump packing's catastrophically fail last fall after ~50 gal. Today on another pump the motor caught fire.

Never again.
Yeah, that is the definition of a disposable pump. I hate it when painting "professionals"buy one of these guys. I hear the word "Magnum" and I cringe.
Way to go Graco.
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Yeah, that is the definition of a disposable pump. I hate it when painting "professionals"buy one of these guys. I hear the word "Magnum" and I cringe.
Way to go Graco.
In the mean time I just bought a lightly used 695 pro ultimax II with hose reel for $1000. Its a beast but whats a good rental rate for this machine? $100/day? The other store in town charges 100 for a 440...
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In the mean time I just bought a lightly used 695 pro ultimax II with hose reel for $1000. Its a beast but whats a good rental rate for this machine? $100/day? The other store in town charges 100 for a 440...
I'm not in the rental game but I would imagine the 90-100 a day range. 695 is a solid pump and if maintained well will be making you $ for years and years.
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In the mean time I just bought a lightly used 695 pro ultimax II with hose reel for $1000. Its a beast but what a good rental rate for this machine? $100/day? The other store in town charges 100 for a 440...
That's a steal for $1K if it is lightly used. I just checked the spring contractor sale and the Graco 695 Ultra is $3400.

I could make a killing reselling them in Canada.
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Hose reel is the best thing ever made.
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If anyone else runs into this problem, i took the prime valve out and gave it a clean and its back working like a champ. Thanks again for the help
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Mine was plugged up to. Simple fix.
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