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I got one of those cheap pump misters from home depot. It does the job except for the last couple weeks. When I pump it and pull the trigger to spray it sprays but then when I let go to stop it continues to spray and then it drips. I thought at first a washer or something inside was broke and I needed to get a new one. Anyone ever had this happen? thx
 

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If matter however tiny gets in the thread or o ring, or the o ring isn't lightly lubricated with a faint touch of Vaseline your pump will end up doing that.

Most good pumps O rings and diaphragm are already lubricated when purchased.

If you disassemble the pump once a year clean any collected minutiae and lightly lube the rubber parts just enough so that they don't get brittle they will continue to function like new.

I learned this from the call in service flo Master guy.

Many ppl have the impression that pumps break and start leaking as normal but its just that they need a little maintenance. Others warn against using vaseline on the parts when with most pumps they have used it all along.

Nothing beats the precision of in person misting. I love my pump.

Personally I have always liked to impress an additional curve in mine by holding the bend in scalding water then dipping it in cold to set. I just like it that way.
 

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If Vaseline rubs the wrong way im sure it can be substituted with another kind of oil. You only need the faintest touch. I think I used Linatone once lol not recommending just saying. I really needed my pump to get on with it.

Take it apart and put it back together in case in assembly it was not done right. That works with a lot of things.
 

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I have had really spotty luck with cheap hand misters. Boomer-style rant: Everything is made out of plastic these days and it doesn't last very long! If you just got it, it's probably worth returning and trying at least one more.

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And the plastic isn't as good a type. I can only make this determination by feel but a certain mister I know and love has a more flexi plunger stem. Thats not ideal when your storm pumpin your werks.
 

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Boomer-style rant: Everything is made out of plastic these days and it doesn't last very long!
Older Gen-X'er pile-on: Most stuff for sale is cheap-ass shit, these days. If you aren't wealthy, you cannot afford anything BUT quality - save up and throw down. Otherwise, just be prepared to move a lot of garbage into and out of your house & life. I think that route costs more money, and it's anti-social / anti-nature, but to each their own.

Take it apart and put it back together in case in assembly it was not done right. That works with a lot of things.
Yep. This can help too. But even with that my hand-misters tend to need replacing every 3 years or so. Maybe my tap water has more grit than most - I only use the RO in my MistKings, and use straight outta the tap (it's great water, here) in the hand pump. That's how I water my snakes, with the hand-mister. The MistKings / RO are more for the plants and modulating the ambient RH, andfor keeping the glass nice and clean.
 

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I have owned three of these (one for reptile room, one upstairs for orchids, and one in my room for a terrarium) for two years and haven't killed one yet -- which is a new record for me for plastic pump longevity:


These are also bulletproof, but overkill for most inside applications (I have three for different garden chemicals; my oldest one is seven years old):

 

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Well, have had my sprayer since 2013 or 14 and it still performs no sputters or skips.

The older models im wanting to say pre 2000 had a handle molded into the top that I miss.
 

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Not like the plunger I mean like on the rim.

I mention it in case someone knows of a brand im not married to my mister, well kind of but I would be happy to try another brand of hose style sprayer.

With my back having something to grab would be a great help.

Haha Married to my Mister. That's funny.
 

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This was a bitter disappointment to me, jgragg. I thought that this was silicone adhesive that didn't need a caulk gun/pressure to apply. When I finally figured out that it was just lubricant, it made me so sad...

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Doesn't get much easier than one of these, I'll bet:
 
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No I am not to that point. I'm a manual kinda cat. Yeah that would be conceding defeat!

But I sure appreciate the thought. I think once along a time ago I had a sprayer that not only had a left grab but a foot.

The one that got away....

And I am habituated to a hose rod.
 

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Oh not meant for me I assumed it was a powered sprayer like the powered packs for hikers and bikers.

As I clickd
 

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This was a bitter disappointment to me, jgragg. I thought that this was silicone adhesive that didn't need a caulk gun/pressure to apply. When I finally figured out that it was just lubricant, it made me so sad...

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Oh, that's funny - this was just something that seems like a good lube for the hand mister. I mean, it'll keep things slippery but - better yet - it's also food-safe so I reckon, frog-safe. Just following up on what KMC had mentioned doing to help a hand mister last, or to first deal with any misbehavior ("do first, before throwing it out") - take it apart, clean all the parts, lube it where it needs it, and reassemble all the parts. Just like with a pistol after a trip to the range, or whatever.
 

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I have been thinking about investing in a auto sprayer. I have a mist king that I used to have connected but I moved and still have not put it back on the enclosures. Even with the mist king though I still misted some of them to make sure that they got enough. I buy the 11 dollar sprayer from home depot and I do have to replace them every few years. They just suit my needs but if I can make it last longer I would. It also sometimes overflows out the little hole in the top where the handle is all over the floor so I either sit it on a towel or put it in the bathtub. Thanks guys.
 
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