Dessicant Dryer locking fixture

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Project by bobkberg posted 09-19-2017 10:21 PM 788 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Like many of you, I have a desiccant (colored silica gel) dryer to keep from ruining the inside of my air tools. Every so often, I have to open it up and bake the desiccant at 300 degrees F to dry it out again. When I put it back, it was always a struggle to get the container and locking sleeve pushed up far enough so that the locking ring could be rotated without difficulty.

Today was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. So I measured the outside of the steel cage and made up a block of plywood to slip around the outside of the metal sleeve, but narrow enough to support the locking ring/collar. Then I built a 3 sided box (Using all scrap materials) and added several boards on the bottom to build up the thickness so that my floor jack could lift the assembly the final fraction of an inch so that I could just turn the locking ring.

It probably took a couple of hours (allowing time for the glue to dry/set enough), but when I put it into use as seen in the photos, it was SO EASY to lock the ring, I was sorry I hadn’t done that sooner. And, since it was all built from various pieces of scrap plywood and boards that I had laying around, all it cost me was time, glue, and electricity. (Sadly, until it was complete though, I couldn’t use any air tools since the dryer was taken apart). You can also add the benefit that my shop is cleaner now by a few scrap boards.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#1 posted 09-20-2017 01:55 PM

That is a interesting and unique work around. Nice work. Take a look at this project He used threaded rod to bring the barrel up tight against the lid. This would eliminate having to use the floor jack.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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