A journey into the workshop. #119: Continuing the disaster removal. More on the fridge and dust collection.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 11-20-2021 04:48 PM 633 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I’m continuing with my shop cleanup, this is no small task. I’m not going to use any diagnostic words for the sttae I was in that led up to the neglect, but it was not a happy place. and even little things were a massive chore, now I have massive chores because I let the little things slide… Do NOT do that…

Anyway, where was I?

Oh yeah, the dust collection upgrades.

Been watching a LOT of youtube videos from guys with fancier equipment than mine testing the amps, and airflow before and after various HF DC upgrades. And I am happy to say inrush current is no different, although running amps measured do go up, they are still WELL within spec of the motor.

The mods that seemed to have the biggest net plus for air CFM and in mercury in the DC are upsizing the impeller, either Wen, or Rikon seem to be quite effective, and upsizing the inlet from 5” to 6”.

There is a large enough 6” flange available to fit the HF DC availalble on Amazon, but it needs the mounting holes drilled. No biggie. Just mark, and drill…

So definately staying iwth the plan to upsize the inlet to 6”, and for now use a 6×4x4 DC Y, and short jumpers to get to the 4” upper and lower mains.

Going into the new shop, I will definately go with 6” main, If possible under the floor, and run a branch for for where 4” overhead is needed. Notably the blade guard on the table saw / router table fence, and workbench.

I went to swap out the noisy then stopped evaporator fan in my fridge, only to find out of the 2 possible part #s for my model, I got the wrong one. Have to order a new one. This means the fridge will be down until Tuesday or Wednesday. NOT great for Thanksgiving for sure.

Good thing I have good ice chests…

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