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New shop! #11: Out of my way air compressor

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Blog entry by Steve Felsheim posted 10-20-2016 11:54 AM 799 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a love hate relationship with my air compressor. Yes, its useful, but its loud and very annoying to empty the water from the tank. It also takes up valuable floor space.

So, I decided to solve 2 of the problems.

I mounted the compressor as high on the wall as I could. (about 9 feet up). This gives me easy access to the tank drain (when its not broken) and frees up valuable floor space.

Granted, getting up their was a challenge. Use a loop mounted to a stud in the ceiling and a cumalong to get it up that high. Then mounted it on some heavy duty brackets. It does not move at all.

Also added an oiler and regulator within arms reach so I can regulate the pressure without a ladder.

Still loud and annoying, but ….



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 10-20-2016 01:04 PM

That’s a really good idea. Just remember to drain the water on a regular basis.

In my last shop I added an extra tank (for added capacity) and put the add-on tank up in the air.
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#2 posted 10-20-2016 02:41 PM

Smart idea getting it up off the floor and onto the wall. Floor space is way toooo valuable.

Since it is up high and out of the way, do you have room to build a box around it and sound insulate that?

Maybe it is too close to the AC unit to get a 2×4 frame up and use a standard acoustical batt insulation (Roxul Acoustical 60 or any mineral fiber batt), but even 1x framing on the AC side, with some homasote board makes a world of difference. A bag of Roxul is around $55 and would be more than enough.

Realistically you don’t even need to put a bottom on it, if you had 3 sides and the top with at least 1 piece of sound absorbing material I think you would be amazed. One sheet of 1/2” x 4’ x 8’ homasote board is only $29 at the local box store by me, and I am sure you have some spare 2x or 1x material lying around.

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#3 posted 10-20-2016 11:58 PM

Great solution, more floor space is great also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 10-21-2016 01:00 PM

Hey, thanks! This is a great idea. I will have to give it a try (I can’t stand the thought of spending 2 more minutes screwing around with that air compressor, but sooner or later, the noise will motivate me!)

Smart idea getting it up off the floor and onto the wall. Floor space is way toooo valuable.

Since it is up high and out of the way, do you have room to build a box around it and sound insulate that?

Maybe it is too close to the AC unit to get a 2×4 frame up and use a standard acoustical batt insulation (Roxul Acoustical 60 or any mineral fiber batt), but even 1x framing on the AC side, with some homasote board makes a world of difference. A bag of Roxul is around $55 and would be more than enough.

Realistically you don t even need to put a bottom on it, if you had 3 sides and the top with at least 1 piece of sound absorbing material I think you would be amazed. One sheet of 1/2” x 4 x 8 homasote board is only $29 at the local box store by me, and I am sure you have some spare 2x or 1x material lying around.

- magaoitin


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Steve Felsheim

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#5 posted 10-21-2016 01:02 PM

Agreed, this is one of the big issues. With the compressor on the ground, I was always lazy and didn’t drain my tank. I need to replace the stupid little pitcock on the compressor tank with a ball valve and a hose to make it easier.

I really like the idea of adding another tank. Anything to make that stupid thing not run as much!!


That s a really good idea. Just remember to drain the water on a regular basis.

In my last shop I added an extra tank (for added capacity) and put the add-on tank up in the air.
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- JoeinGa


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