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What Gauge do you start off at?

What Gauge do you start off at?

As a pumper, which gauge is the best to begin with. I saw in Lookingformore’s post that someone said that 7hg was a ton! I am guessing a newbie should go no more than 3hg for the first month?? I mean, Avocet has been at this a while and he says in the Vaccum 101 that he never even goes over 5hg. I am going to assume that even the measurement seems small to me(ie a unit of 1hg), that there is a big difference from 3 to 5 to 7 and so on.

Vacuum measurement

Here is a post I made about how vacuum is measured. One inch of mercury (1” Hg) is what you’re referring to and the difference between 5 and 7 is considerable. You’ll understand after you read the post. I’m currently doing a 10 minute pump session after each of my two 200 jelq sessions at about 4” Hg. (In the post linked above I said 5-6, but found out that my gauge is off and I’m really only pulling about 4” Hg which is enough for me.) Too much vacuum can cause fluid to enter the skin and create the “donut” effect or a plump penis which may look nice, but isn’t really functional nor does it contribute to gains (IMO).

Early on, stay low. 3 - 5. I can do 7 - 8 now without damage or discomfort but it took me a heck of a long time to get there.

Everybody’s different. Lookingformore has a different tissue structure from me or you. Point is, if you do overdo you have to lay off your pumping until you heal and that cuts into the consistency of your PE program.

Once you have your pump and have tried it out you’ll see that you can “read your dick” very well. If it hurts, you’re doing something wrong. If it feels good, you’re on the right track.

Although penile tissue is highly flexible, you still need to condition it, gradually, to degrees of unaccustomed stress. What leads newbies astray is that they become very impressed with their own very pumped up cocks in the cylinder and they want to make them even bigger there and then. This momentary visual “high” isn’t what will lead you to long-term, permanent gains.



PS: I agree with Westla on fluid build-up. You might really like the “fat dick” result, post PE, but that won’t add to your future real gains.

As Thunder first pointed out here a long time ago, going in fully hard reduces fluid build-up and gives a much better “blood workout.”

Westla: A question
How can you type and pump? I have never had a sufficiently good seal that I can stop hand pumping for very long, or am I just a lousy multi-tasker?



My seals seem to last for 2-5 minutes, depending on how much I expand into the tube to offset the the vacuum. I’m sure that you already keep the base of your penis shaved for a good vacuum.

Struggling with a peyronies injury during sex and loss of size after having been into PE.


Are you losing vacuum and having to continually pump to maintain it?? If so, try a little lube on your “O” rings in the connectors and also check to make sure the female connector on the top of the tube has not loosened up. They tend to do that after awhile, it might be caused by the tube being cleaned in warm/hot water. Be careful not to overtighten.

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Tight seal

Over-tightening the tube connection can force the o-ring to leak. I learned that one last week. I think the reason I don’t have much leakage is because the base of my penis is fat enough (either with girth or real fat!) that it creates a good seal. I always use a lube all over the penis to prevent drying and to aid in the stretch and I put it all around the base to help with the seal.

Yet I periodically give the pump handle a squeeze to get the full stretch by the end of the session. I do that not because of a leak, but to add that little extra tug to make sure my session is maximized. I do this while maintaining the vacuum in that 4-5” Hg range.

Since my pump sessions are only 10 minutes long, I don’t really have to concentrate on typing at the same time. I usually do one-handed surfing of certain Yahoo groups to help me keep it hard while in the tube. :leftie:

How many of you DON’T use gauges?

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I haven’t used a gauge in over a year and have been pumping for over two years. I rely on mouth suction power. I know my dick well enough at this time to know what feels right.


Me to ,No gauge and no pump .I suck. The best part is I only have half the equipment to hide

Also, I get a quicker pump and higher pressure faster with my mouth than when I used to use a pump/gauge. I just put enough water-based lube (vaseline intensive care cream) on my dick, and I can get a good seal/pressure that will hold for 5- 10 minutes or longer, depending on my routine of the day.


Gardenier90 wrote…

“How many of you DON’T use gauges?”

I bought my pumping gear in 1989 and pump had/has no gauge.

I’ve never had any problems…blisters, discoloration, etc.

Since this thread has questions about seal.

I do not like lube!!! My first cylinder was 1 3/4 x 8” with recessed inner walls….lube was unnecessary to get my dick into cylinder. When I ordered a new 1 3/4 x 8” cylinder from LAPD…..I didn’t use it for 9 mos because I needed to lube my dick.

At Robert Young’s Phoenix5 site, for men with prostate cancer and their companions…I read a post about a fellow who used shave cream….I tried it and I haven’t looked back..that’s been nearly two years now. This allow me to really “pack”. Under vacuum the shave cream will foam up some to make a seal between my dick base and inner cylinder wall.

I pull up a vacuum…after awhile loosen top valve and milk my dick in cylinder….pull up another vacuum…get up and walk around, refill coffee mug, wrap towel around me….step out and get paper.

Ninety percent of time I’m pumping while at computer.

Maybe once a week I ramp up into a 2 x 9” cylinder.

For me two advantages of pumping without a gauge is that occasionally I put warm water in cylinder and pump wet….I don’t have to worry about water going into line/pump.

Pumping with shave cream, I find it unnecessary to rinse cylinder out that frequently. Shave cream has antimicrobial components….so I let shave cream coat inner walls of cylinder some…then I wet my dick in glass of water….slide in and begin pumping.

After awhile shave cream will foam up to end and bled into line….I just put line in warm water…flush line and pump out.

Just my experiences…

OR eon
65 yo

Great. The pumps without gauges seem to be less expensive as the ones with it.I really want to get into pumping but I KNOW I would have problems hiding it. Any suggestions to where I can hide it when and if I buy/make one?

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If you don't take the time to do the PE exercises how do you expect to gain? The fairy godmother of PE?

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