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Workshop Development #100: Might have solved the compressor plumbing problem...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 109 days ago 629 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 99: Problem found with compressed air plumbing! Part 100 of Workshop Development series Part 101: Simple box joint jig for Ryobi BT3x00 and related saws, and my first box joint! »

Not sure about the popped drain valve, but I stopped the weird noise coming from the check valve. I managed to have a thread leak even with teflon tape… It was metal / air escaping moaning, sort of like a baloon groan but not as high pitched, or of course… flexible…

Got the fittings sealed now, mostly. Have a hose end female fitting by the reel that leaks that I need more thread sealant for… Going to buy the compound though, not tape… I kind of caused that leak tonight though. While I was waiting on progress indicators and had things locked up over the VPN I got the light dropped a bit and a passthrough made for the hose. So hose routing is now complete. The story and photos are on my Blog page.

Physically looked at my regulator, which IS the same item # as the ones on sale now, and it is clearly marked right behind the gauge, MAX PRESSURE 145 PSI. So my 125 PSI into it was no problem…

I fiddled around with the drain valve and got it to stop blowing as well. Filled / drained the tanks on both compressors twice. It would appear we have no shortage of humidity here… That is a LOT of water to squeeze out of the air!

Tomorrow night is going to be spent in Houston I suspect, working on my truck with my BILs again… Might as well… Gotta get it done so I can pull the Saturn down and swap out the AC clutch, Water Pump, PS pump, Idler, and Tensioner pullies. Yeah everything that spins on the front of the engine aside from the alternator. I swapped that out last year…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 109 days ago

The 145 pressure limit sounds better. The 100 seemed weird because too many devices use 100 or just above. Plumbing is plumbing, whether you are pushing air or water, and leaks are the number one issue….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 109 days ago

I am thinking the 100 PSI might be a typo on the HF website… It just seems freakishly low.

The friend I did the false fronts for his cabinets for swung by and picked them up last night. He hadn’t seen the shop since I was working on the drywall… He was rather surprised when I told him I was my own contractor on the remodel job… He now wants me to do the doors for the cabinets as well…

When do I get time to do my own?!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 109 days ago

Yup, cheap labor is always in demand! Even if it is for your spouse or yourself. If you are paying back a friend because you owed him, not too bad. If he now owes you, not too bad…....unless he doesn’t have anything to offer. Some friendships are one way streets….....alas….............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 109 days ago

While the favor debt issue weighs in my favor it’s not that huge of a deal… I have things set so now that once I get bits and such set to the right heights, and production stops in place, I can knock projects out.

This friend is a useful resource for job / client contact searches, so I keep things as favorable as possible…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 108 days ago

Aha, an easy way to maintain a mutually profitable relationship. Isn’t there some easier way to describe that….....like…......we are friends? Sorry for being analytic, but just looking out for MY friends….......(-:

In the old days, everyone in an area were friends because they all bartered with each other to get along…now there is money and credit cards. Nice to see a little barter still going on.

Just got back from down at the local micro-brewery pizza place that has been there forever, eating some great pizza from the wood fired oven, and fine beer. 3 blocks away, so of course we walk. On Saturday, will be back in the land of snow….......but suddenly it will be summer. There is no spring, in Alaska.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 108 days ago

Here in Texas we have what northerners call spring. It happens in early Feb.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#7 posted 108 days ago

La Conner runs a little later than Texas, with most of the trees all leaved out now. It actually happened while we were here for the last two weeks. Of course, in the middle of winter, the grass is still green and there is no snow. There are a few days below freezing, but not many. Texas is too hot for us in the summer. There are better climates than the Pacific Northwest, but it is a good compromise for us.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 107 days ago

Actually summer in Texas is too hot for me… that’s why my shop is air conditioned.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 107 days ago

FWIW I got the leaks chased down and fixed. I ripped Teflon tape out and used Teflon paste. The drain valve is holding fine…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#10 posted 107 days ago

Interesting about the paste. Didn’t even know it existed. Will have to look into that. I am used to using the old pipe compound from years ago, and then shifted to the tape. Have to be careful which way you wind that stuff on.

Roger about the AC, don’t even have AC here in La Conner, or in Anchorage. Actually, would have more use for it in Anchorage than in La Conner. However, a good window fan does wonders in Anchorage, and seems to be adequate.

Well off to dinner, next reply will probably be from Anchorage, leaving in the morning.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 107 days ago

Paste / compound… gooey Teflon stuff in a jar from Ace. Worst part is I am dealing with Plantar Fascists oh heck you know and I don’t want to fight auto correct… shop time is going to probably revolve around the lathe and or scroll saw. I can sit on a stool working those.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#12 posted 107 days ago

The stuff I used was http://m.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1273356

Sorry their site stinks. The compound works well though. All joints pass the bubble test.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#13 posted 107 days ago

I will keep it in mind, the tape can be tricky at times. Off to Anchorage today, gotta pack stuff up.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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