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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 02-26-2013 04:47 AM 1482 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In a previous blog entry, I started to document the building of my ambient air cleaner. I didn’t do a blog on it’s completion and the WW gods spited me for it…..

I initially installed 2 pre-filters (intake side) and a third MERV 12 filter on the exhaust side. After building the air cleaner, I learned that this arrangement is not recommended. I found out why! It seams that the filter, placed after the squirrel cage blower, puts back pressure on the fan and causes the motor to run hot. So hot that there was a burning ordor. Unplug, investigate, MODIFY.

Here are pictures of the mod…..

In order to relocate the 4” MERV 12 filter (behind the first two & deeper within the intake) I first had to remove the cleats that held the two pre-filters.
You can just make out where the cleats were and the new cleats for the 4” MERV 12 filter:

Ramming speed; Filter install:

4” Filter installed:

In order to install & change out the 4” filter, I needed to make a “Removable Filter Cartridge” for the two Pre-Filters:

1” Merv 9 Pre-Filter, in the cartridge:

1” Generic Pre-Filter, in the cartridge:

“Cartridge” going deep:

4” Merv filter & the “Cartridge” with 2 Pre-Filters installed:

My ambient air cleaner is back, up & running….
I can now breathe much easier, both literally & figuratively!!!

Next up on the “Dungeon To Lair” Metamorphosis…..
The building of a “Super Sled” for my TS.

Well, that’s the plan at least!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?



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boxcarmarty

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 04:57 AM

Can you hold your breath a little longer while we test to see if it’s safe? This shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 05:05 AM

MMMnnn mmm mmmmm!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 05:50 AM

looking good Randy something i got to do soon myself

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 12:08 PM

You live and learn Randy. Glad you were in there to smell the odor. Good call and great fix.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 12:10 PM

Eddie,
MMmmm mmmm mmm. Mmm mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmm!

INHALE, EXHALE, INHALE, EXHALE, inhale, exhale….

Yes Eddie, air filtration is important, it IS a matter of health!!!
Stop saying; “need to”....
Be a NIKE commercial; and “Just Do It!!!”

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 12:14 PM

Dave,
I have it on a timer, so I can continue to filter the air after I leave. I easily could have been out of the shop and not caught it. I don’t think the landlord or my housemate would have appreciated that!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 03:03 PM

Cool

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#8 posted 02-27-2013 03:11 AM

Yep – good fix and good to have the filter…...I got lucky and found 2 Jet filter units for less than $100 a pop…..got to have it in the basement…..keep going man…....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#9 posted 02-27-2013 03:17 AM

Would it work on forge smoke?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 02-27-2013 03:21 AM

Jeff,
That is quite the deal!

Dave,
YES, but you have to move the forge inside, or get a really HUGE blower!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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JL7

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#11 posted 02-28-2013 03:40 AM

Randy – how come you didn’t post all the pics of the air cleaner? I saw some more pics you posted here. That seems like a pretty cool design…..you would be pulling the dust directly from the sanding table which is probably the dusty spot in the shop…..right?

If you build another one in the ceiling, I would leave this alone….looks well engineered man…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#12 posted 02-28-2013 04:01 AM

Jeff,
That was someone’s project post, not about my air cleaner. I only posted to show my solution to low ceilings & show the squirrel cage blower.

I’m going to see if my “closet” unit performs well or not. If it doesn’t, then I’ll go through the effort of the ceiling duct. Having dual units may just be the way to go, though!!! Time will tell.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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