Well I finally got around to permanently installing my Dust Collector. I’ve was using a 10’ piece of flex hose that I would connect to whatever tool I was using at the time. It worked fine but hooking the hose to the tablesaw meant that I had to lay on the floor. Not the best solution for those of us with a bad back.
Here is the system installed. It’s all 4” S&D pipe that I got at Menards and I used caulking to glue it together. I used a Loctite product called “Instant Grab,” I think that’s the name of it.
I’ve only hard piped the one side of the shop right now. I’ve not devised a plan and put it in stone yet so I’ll wait on that part.
The drop on the far right is a permanent drop that goes to the table saw. The drop on the middle is a “flex” connection for tools such as the planer, down draft table, floor sweeper, ros etc. The one on the far right is the connecting to the DC.
This is a picture of the brackets that I made to mount the pipe to the wall
The biggest challenge is trying to figure out how to connect the 4” flex hose to the 4” S&D Pipe. I still don’t have a solution for this! I did find / read that a 4” blast gate will fit inside 4” S&D pipe. I just added a couple rounds of blue tape to the blast gate to help make up some of the slop, then used the caulking to hold it fast.
The other challenge is finding a way to hang the S&D pipe. They don’t really make any hangers for it as its really meant to be used underground. Maybe they do, but I couldn’t find any. So what I did was to use 2 hole straps for DWV pipe. The problem here is that DWV pipe has a much larger outside diameter than the S&D pipe so the clamps fit loose.
I used sticky back foam rubber “tape” to make of the difference. I had some camper tape laying around, the one on the right in the picture below, that I cut about a 4” piece from and stuck it to a 8-1/2”x1”x3/4 plywood “spacer.” Then I screwed the spacer to the wall. For the pipe, I found this rubber pipe insulation stuff at the Depot that I cut in 10” lengths and add 2 lengths one on top of the other to the pipe. Now when you tighten the 2 hole clamp, it fits nice an snug and I hope the rubber helps with vibration.
Now if I could just con someone into coming over to look at the new setup, I might just be able to hold them hostage long enough to hang that darned drywall! grrr
Thanks for reading,
-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135