A journey into the workshop. #97: I got the air system fixed!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-24-2016 03:02 AM 1450 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I blew out a hose a couple of weeks ago due to keeping the system under pressure and turned on. Had the compressor run constantly, good thing is I was only out of the house for a couple of hours. But… I had to fix it, and prevent a return episode. Well, the video attached will give you a good idea of my fix…

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#1 posted 04-24-2016 01:45 PM

Interesting db. I’ve never left all that pressure in my system before. If I’m not using it, I depressurize it. Plus, draining the water out of the tank should be on everyone’s list who has a compressor, just like changing the oil in your vehicle. I try to be a “preventative maintenance” type of guy. I do appreciate your information on this subject.

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 04-24-2016 03:37 PM

Your system is much more robust than mine, and probably used more as well. But I like the idea of an extension on the water drain valve, in particular. My tank does get some water in it, but only after quite a bit of use. Normally, I don’t detect any water in the air itself, but if I used it for paint spraying, I would assume that a desiccant would be necessary. In general, our humidity is low, so we don’t have the water issue you do. In La Conner, where I am right now, it is a different deal.

I have a little 6 gallon PC pancake compressor at each shop. They are used for nail guns primarily, occasional cleaning, and rarely for tire inflation.

We had the kitchen remodeled here in the last couple of months. We have just moved back into the kitchen. Putting the dishes, utensils, and other kitchen staples away was the easy part. But we had to reinstall the Roman shades, and that required a little more effort. Needing repairs, I changed out the faucets for the two sinks in the master suite as well, and that was a real chore. I hate lying on my back half way underneath the vanity. Bleh!

Even though I am retired now, I try to make the weekends kind of easy, and do more intense hobby activities and DIY projects during the week. While we had the central part of the La Conner house opened up, we had them centralize the electronics in a closet off of the stairway down to the garage. It is in the middle of the house, so it is a good location for Wi-Fi as well. We also ran CAT-5 and security camera wires around. Today I will add a switch between the router and metal cabinet housing the security and CAT-5 stuff, and see if I can power up the five sockets located around the house. We have a hybrid wired and Wi-Fi system in Anchorage, and it works well.

Our last trip here we emptied the kitchen, and this trip we moved back in. But we have completed most of that, so the rest of our stay will be easier. I captured many of the old kitchen cabinets for the shop here in La Conner. I now have to figure out what goes where and organize them. But that is leisure stuff, so it will be more of a pleasure.


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#3 posted 04-25-2016 01:31 AM

Yep, my humidity is high, and I do spray with my compressor rig. Mind you woodworking is part of what I do with my shop. I also do a lot of auto repair… I recently used this rig to test spray a hood. (primer) on my 2001 Saturn SL2… Going to 2 tone the car to keep from having to fully paint it… Going to use Duplicolor Paint Shop products and just get after it…

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