|Forum topic by JeffP||posted 01-31-2016 12:28 AM||522 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
01-31-2016 12:28 AM
I have been in the throes lately of moving all my noisy stuff outside the shop.
The (20 amp) HF DC was first, and it is working well now with a simple trash-can separator before the unit and nothing but 7 acres of woods to filter the small amount of dust that makes it past the separator.
This past week I’ve been plumbing in a typical 20 gallon vertical air compressor outside, with many inside quick disconnects to supply me with air at the various stations throughout the shop.
I have “way too many” quick disconnects, and currently no way to turn off the air to various parts of the system. I have 3 different places (with a 4th still to come) where it has a 1 to 3 splitter where one quick disconnect has a one to three splitter plugged into it, and then various things connected and branching off from there.
Altogether I have approximately a dozen quick disconnects, with about half of them currently in use (i.e. with a tool or an air-blower hooked into the quick disconnect).
I used teflon tape on ALL of the connections and tightened things up really tight. The system works well, and no complaints…but about once every 2 to 3 hours, the compressor runs even if I haven’t used any air.
What I’m wondering is if there is some sort of care and feeding I should do with the quick disconnects to make them less leaky. I’m pretty sure that’s where the air is getting out.
I’m thinking maybe I should put some vaseline or white lithium grease on the male parts of the quick disconnects (please skip the obvious jokes here).
Are there any other tricks to cinching down such a system to minimize the “unnecessary” compressor runs?
-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.