My Little Shop Progress #4: Let there be light... and breath

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Blog entry by Kerux posted 05-01-2010 07:31 PM 2302 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Continuing on this journey that I am becoming more determined to see finished. We now have a lighted shop with Air compressor hose up out of the way and up on the ceiling rafter in a hose reel. Now that is a first for me, in the old shop I had it just lying on the floor. No more tripping over and untangling! Woo hoo!






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#1 posted 05-01-2010 08:08 PM

great to do it that way I allso has one those hosereels and they are realy
great to use mine was attach to the stand of my carlift in the mittle of my
and I never regreted that I spent the cash on it
all I can say is congrat´s you will never again have unexpected traps around in your shop


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#2 posted 05-01-2010 09:58 PM

And if I have problems. You’ll notice I can just lift it down from there to work on it. I love Kreg Pockets. This shop is full of them and more on the way!


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#3 posted 05-01-2010 11:19 PM

Nice progress you are making there. You might want to add more lighting. I started out with 2 shop light fixtures and 1 bulb. The bulb fixture is now unused, and I have 6 shop lights, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

I like your hose reel setup. I am curious if one of those reels would work with the Urethane hoses like the ones from Hitachi. I got tired of tripping over my rubber hose, and traded my BIL a 50’ Goodyear 1/2” rubber hose, for a Hitachi 50’ 3/8” urethane hose. A LOT easier to deal with for me, but still a hassle to roll out and back in…

Other than the stickers on it, that looks exactly like my Central Pnuematic #95386 2 HP 8 Gallon compressor. I’ve had mine about 6 months and really like it so far. Is that the same compressor? If so how long have you had it? I’m hoping mine will last a while.

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#4 posted 05-02-2010 01:44 AM

db – I have more lights up… they are just the other direction. Also painting a few walls white help with the lighting as well.

I have no idea about the hose question. I got this on sale at Harbor Freight. And yes… it is the same compressor. I’ve had mine for about 3 years now.


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#5 posted 05-02-2010 03:02 AM

Kerux, Nicely done. I have a reel for my main extension cord and love it (should think about mounting it into the ceiling) I don’t use my air compressor a lot but need one of those reels for work where we drag a 50’ hose around the shop all the time then have to coil it back up.

Look forward to some more of your shop updates. BTW.. fully agree about the Kreg. :)


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#6 posted 05-02-2010 03:13 AM

It makes a big improvement not having to trip over a hose lying on the floor. Last year I ran pvc pipe throughout my shop ceiling walls and did a drop down about every 10 feet with a disconnect and a coil hose. Makes it mucch more convenient.

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#7 posted 05-02-2010 03:17 AM

I like the air reel addition super job.


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#8 posted 05-02-2010 04:13 AM

Good to know about the compressor… I was a bit leery to buy it, but HF got them down to $79.00, I used the coupon, got the extended warranty…. You get the idea… It drives everything I have thrown at it so far. All my nailers, my impact wrench, my air hammer. What it does NOT like is my die grinder or air ratchet… It will work, but I have to use them a few seconds, then stop for the compressor to catch up…

I’ll have to check the hose reels… I set up a manual winder for my extension cords (Wonder Winders) and wouldn’t mind a manual reel mounted close to the compressor… I just need a quick and easy way to put the hose away so that I will actually do it…

I’m really liking how your shop development is coming along. Really going the right direction with this!

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#9 posted 05-02-2010 08:43 AM

I have several peices of 3/8 ” acetelene hose intended for deep seawater use. They have to replace it every so many hours, no matter what the condition is. I can be coiled as small at 3” dia. and is extremely tough I got it from a salvage diver as a 500’ length. I would like to have a winder like yours for a piece of it. I have a recoil winder for a power cord above the bench and love it.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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