A journey into the workshop. #121: Should I tell my wife what she got me for Christmas?

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 11-26-2021 09:23 PM 1330 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my wife hasn’t worked for over 3 years now, and we are on my income solely. I was left with instruction to take advantage of Black Friday and get myself something for Christmas.

I know it sounds odd, but truth be told. I don’t want gifts of things from her. I want time doing cool stuff… To that end she is getting some appropriate cool / cold weather clothes, so we can finally go camping in the fall / winter when it is perfect weather for it in Texas…. But I digress…

I have a pretty well situated shop, although there are a few way more than we should be spending these days items I would love, but I have been eyeballing a Rapidair setup for my shop. Mostly because I don’t want to just run everything in hoses.

Amazon has admittedly a cheap knockoff setup that is missing the aluminum outlet blocks, but DOES have elbows that have screw holes. My thought here is to use the elbows and a simple wooden T to make outlet blocks of a sort.

The setup, and my shop are pretty simple, especially since I am a one man shop and I have a hose reel…

#1 . First tee will branch off, and I will use one of the MPT / Push to connect adapters and connect directly to the hose reel, eliminating the current rubber hose, and its associated leaks. #2. Second tee will branch off, and travel down the dust collection line that goes over the workbench. I will keep the coil hose close at hand with that one. #3. Third tee will branch off, and have an outlet at the man door into the house. This will allow me quick access to a compressed air connection I can use in the house during the remnant of our remodel. #4. The last leg of the run will go between the garage doors, and provide me access to compressed air out in the driveway.

Yes I know this system is a little bit redundant if not overkill considering I have the overhead hose reel, but extra outlets are never a bad thing, and honestly, my main use is for more durable piping between the compressor manifold and the hose reel, everything else is just cake.

FWIW, the rig is going to end up with the 29 gallon compressor being moved to the new shop, the 8 gallon compressor and current dryer / filter / regulator rig (Central Pnuematic) will stay put in the garage for auto work.

For the new standalone shop I am adding one of these dryer / regulator gizmos.

The compressed air pipe system is a cheap one honestly, but again, if it does the job I want reliably, I don’t care…

Anyway this is the one I got. Or, well, technically 2, and a 10 pack of 1/2” push to connect x 1/4 MPT fittings.

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#1 posted 11-27-2021 12:59 AM

A hard air line is a wonderful thing to have in the shop. I have been thinking about one in mine, with 3 drops to connect to.

Go and tell her you got an amazing deal.

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#2 posted 11-27-2021 09:36 PM

thats the way to go,ive got the whole shop with several air outlets and two hose reels.overkill maybe but ive always got a connection near me.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 11-28-2021 02:17 AM

Mind you, It’s not rapidaire, but a knockoff system, and it didn’t include the aluminum outlet blocks. I figure I can mill something out of wood to accomodate an outlet mount / coupler.

They were so inexpensive though, that I figured I couldn’t lose. I grabbed 2 kits, which should provide me with more than enough material to do my NOW implementation, and my upcoming new shop build implementation without having to rip the existing out. Although odds are better than good I will move the 29 gallon compressor to the new shop. Auto repair can make do with the 8 gallon unit…

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