|Forum topic by Vrtigo1||posted 06-01-2012 03:47 PM||16982 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-01-2012 03:47 PM
I was recently spraying a project using my trusty HF spray gun and I noticed that it had developed a small air leak where the gun connects to the hose and some water was coming out of the hose at that area. I started looking at filters on amazon and gather that there are filters that take out particulates and there are filters that take out moisture, and I guess I probably need to get both. Prices ranged all over the place and none of them really had consistently good reviews.
I also saw something in one review about moisture separators not being effective unless they were mounted a good distance away from the compressor because if you connect it right at the compressor the air is too hot. I have a retractable hose reel mounted to the wall right above my compressor and it only has a very short (i.e. 3’) hose that connects it to the compressor, so I have to mount the filters right next to the compressor.
I only spray occasionally, most of the time I am using the compressor to run a brad nailer or blow off nozzle. Looking for any recommendations on filters / filter setup.
Also, I know you’re supposed to periodically empty the compressor to get rid of the water that builds up inside, but I’ll admit that I haven’t done that in over a year. There’s only a couple inches of clearance at the bottom so it’s impossible to get the water to go anywhere but all over my garage floor, and the compressor is so large and heavy it’s not really practical to move it outside to empty it. How do others handle emptying the water from stationary compressors?