Shop Upgrades #1: Shop Air

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Blog entry by bkseitz posted 10-10-2015 02:26 PM 1405 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Nearing the finish up upgrading workshop with a compressed air system. Got a Husky 33 Gallon air compressor with (2) 50 ft. hoses last year thinking that would do while I figured out plumbing the shop. The past few months I’ve been installing hose reels and using the Rapidair garage air system to plumb out the area. Bought two kits and a couple of extra outlets. I’ve only one branch with two outlets left before its complete. How I design it has allowed me to use sections of the system as I complete each branch.

Performance of the system has been great…the 33gal compressor may be a little under capacity but it fits my 80/20 rule and its not being used 24×7 so I still think it was a great choice.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#1 posted 10-10-2015 07:09 PM

Thanks for posting this! A good compressed air system makes a huge difference. The furthest I have ever gotten is running a hose thru the wall of my woodshop from where the compressor sits.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 10-10-2015 11:21 PM

I spent a lot of time considering what I should do. Came across this rapidair kit. It has a lot of comments both plus and minus. Given this is not a big commercial shop, I figured I didn’t need the biggest, baddest system on the block. I could use a bigger compressor, but for the utilization ill have it didn’t seem worth the price to go to a 60 or 80 gal system.

Overall I’m happy with system and impressed with the Rapidair plumbing stuff.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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