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Forum topic by PaulfromVictor posted 01-24-2010 03:43 PM 1199 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PaulfromVictor

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01-24-2010 03:43 PM

I am getting rid of a refrigerator. Is there any value to saving the compressor or anything else? Maybe for a veneer vacuum?


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#1 posted 01-24-2010 04:17 PM

Yes it should work for veneering. Check out joewoodworker.com for intructions on how to build a vacuum system. I built a venturi vacuum system using parts and the free plans from that site. I saved hundreds of dollars building it myself!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 03:48 AM

Absolutely not! A refrigeration compressor is NOT a vacuum pump. It gets the majority of it’s cooling from the refrigerant itself, it will run hot and the overload will trip….not to mention that that you would have to recover the refrigerant inside the system and it is HIGHLY ILLEGAL FOR ANYONE OTHER THAN AN EPA CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN TO OPEN ANY REFRIGERATION SYSTEM. I realize that this may seem nit-picky but this is what I do for a living and I take it very seriously. The fine for venting refrigerant into the atmosphere is, last I heard, in the $80,000.00 range.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 06:11 AM

So, no then ?

$80,000. That’s a lot of scratch.

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MarkwithaK

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 03:07 AM

I agree and couldn’t believe it the first time I heard it, they go as far as offering up to $20,000 for anyone turning in someone that is knowingly releasing refrigerant into the atmosphere. This is just one example of how hardcore the EPA is about the environment I guess.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#5 posted 01-26-2010 03:20 AM

those damn commies! lol once I was trying to recycle my parent’s old a/c system ‘n one of the guys installing the new one Told me to drill a small hole to relieve the “pressure”. Sure glad I didn’t get snitched on, i’m sure it’s the maximum fine here in CA

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#6 posted 01-26-2010 08:24 AM

Mark is right, don’t mess with the refrigeration part. But, wood drying kilns have been made from old fridges. Freezers seem to work better, 1 door vs. 2 doors, all you use is the insulated cabinet. Disposing of an old unit is becoming a problem.Best thing to do is put it in your front yard with a “FOR SALE $100” sign on it, and hopefully somebody will steal it.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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