...Because this can happen to yours too. Regulator didn’t shut off and it overfilled with me standing 10ft away. It flew 10ft through my shop (luckily in the opposite direction) and the blast wrecked everything within 15ft. Just wanted to say something so that it might not happen to someone else. I didn’t even register the fact that it had been running a while after I had stopped spraying paint.
I was able to work on this a little more today. Time was somewhat stretched but I was able to put the shelves on. I still have to add a hose holder, handles, and the tires but its getting there. I am a horrible klutz at times and try to keep the floor as litter free as possible. The last thing I need is a tool that rests on the floor, complete with 50 feet of hose to trip over. This gives me a place to store my nailers, nails, little compressor doo-dads, and a place to set tools, t...
Well day 4 was productive, just not on the deck. About 1 week ago I was in the office in the shop and I heard a loud hissing. I went to find out what it was. The safety unload valve was dumping air from the air compressor tank. The compressor was running and it was not shutting off. The safety valve was doing what it was suppose to do. Keep air compressor parts from flying all over the shop. Some how, some way the contacts welded shut on the shutoff switch. I moved the lever down to shu...
Well, I have been slowly working on the this project over the last couple of weekends, but had to side track when my Air Compressor blew a gasket in the pump mechanism and I had to replace it (Turns out Good). With me having to work in the very hot loft to get this fixed I decided to go for broke and get all of my Compressor related sub projects taken care of. I had a slow leak on the unloader line, so I fixed that when I added the Automatic Drain Valve from Harbor Freight, thanks Patrick. I ...
Kind of interesting how outside forces can affect your decisions on a more personal level. Obvious to everyone, we are in a bit of a tough economic time right now. I work in information technology and that is a field easily outsourced. Right now, I make ends meet and live a rather simple life. I work from home, make an ok wage, pay my child support, and make gradual improvements in the home. If something were to happen to my job, I have a few skills in other areas and could make ends meet, bu...
Back in 10aSEE I put my air compressor on the inside of the shop. It was in a corner and pretty much out of the way. I wasn’t always pleased with the noise, but at least it was out of the weather. And when I got ahold of an old compressor tank (freebie) to double my air capacity, I hung the extra tank using chains up in the rafters right above the compressor. . .But this new building is smaller than the old one (by almost 400sf) and the ceilings are just barely 8’ high, so I c...
I’m sure draining an air compressor of any accumulated water is possibly one of the least-fun maintenance activities out there. I’m assuming also that most compressors have virtually no room to fit a bucket underneath the drainage port at the bottom of the tank, so you end up having to tilt the unit to drain, which means not all the water gets out. I used a short piece of air hose (4’), a pair of 3/8 barb x 1/4” NPT fittings, a 1/4 NPT x 1/4 NPT close elbow, and a s...
I bought a used Shopsmith Mark V about four years ago. It came with a whole bunch of extras, but until recently I had never tried out what looked like an air compressor and spray attachment. I admit it looked a bit scary to me :) But when I cleaned out my shop today (a floor remodel is coming soon), I figured blowing compressed air around with one fan on the south window and another on the north window would be great to get get rid of all the dust along the walls (I have a shelving system sal...
I have a 17 gallon husky compressor that does not want to shut off once it reaches its max .. instead at the point it should shut off the motor starts whinning??
Every second week, Harbor Freight has their standard HVLP (purple) gun on sale for $15 or sometimes even $10 but the box warns you that you need “X” amount of air to operate it. I say fooey! My small Craftsman pancake compressor advertises 2.7 CFM at 40PSI which is far below the advertised 6 CFM that the gun requires. Perhaps the HVLP gun has a similar “over-specification” as their 2HP dust collector? With the tank full and the regulator set at 50 PSI (while holding...
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