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Forum topic by dddddmorgan posted 12-30-2015 04:10 PM 584 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2015 04:10 PM

So I scored a killer deal today!

I got a nice general air compressor for less than $100.00!!!

This compressor came from an industrial application, it was used in a dry sprinkler system.

The compressor is purpose built for this use. There is nothing wrong with it, the company replaced it but the problem was with their sprinkler system.

Now for the question you should see coming; Can I convert this compressor for my shop use?

I know it’s purpose built for high volume low pressure, but can I change the pressure controls to make it unit my purpose?


-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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#1 posted 12-30-2015 06:24 PM

Need more information about specific manufacturer of compressor. Also, what condition is the tank. My experience with dry sprinkler systems has shown that the air compressor tanks aren’t drained of condensate water
very often, unless a full time maintenance person has been assigned to do this on a monthly or more frequent basis. Frequently, the inside of the tank is heavily rusted. A close inspection should be done before attempting higher pressure. These tanks can explode with tremendous deadly force if not maintained well or if the pressure is raised considerably higher than what it has been running at. What I’m trying to say is that I WOULDN’T USE IT if I didn’t know it’s full history.

A retired fire marshal

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