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Old 11-21-2011, 10:32 AM   #1
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Default hanging small 20 gal air compressor from the ceiling??

Looking to get my small 20 gal air compressor out of the way. Im going to be installing a air reel in the garage and was thinking... why not hang the compressor from the ceiling next to it.....

I have a 2'x8' piece of ply i was thinking of cutting into a 2'x4' and glue and screw it together. Then put an eye hook in each cover. Then put 4 eye hooks in the ceiling beams and hang the platform with chain.....

any downside to this?
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: hanging small 20 gal air compressor from the ceiling??

the only things I can see is it may run a little hotter in the summer being up higher. Maintance will require a ladder and Draining the water out of the tank will be a hassle. But it should work if your willing to put up with the small things
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:51 AM   #3
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Default Re: hanging small 20 gal air compressor from the ceiling??

Possible, yes.

Super-practical or super-easy? Not really.

Issue of draining the compressor : Fix could be to install an auto-drain.

Issue of suspending a piece of vibrating machinery with compressed air in it up over your head : Fix could be to make SURE that everything is 'overbuilt' and able to withstand all the vibrations and the load.

A couple of eyebolts and a piece of plywood ain't going to cut it IMNSHO.

Typical chain is not 'rated' for overhead loads/lifting.

Typical eyebolts are not 'rated' for overhead loads/lifting.

Splaying out the hardware (eyebolts, lifting eyes, chain, etc) away from non-vertical load paths means you have to do a little trig to calculate and ensure safe loading conditions. Or switch the hardware to D-ring type attachment points to allow for swiveling/non-vertical forces and still do some trig.

Hmmm, let's do a SWAG (SemiWildAssGuess) on things.

20 gallon compressor tank with pump and all = ~150 lbs

Add misc hadware and such = ~ 100 lbs (conservative and 'overbuilt' guess)

Add 5-10 x overhead-lifting safety factor = design for 1250-2500 lb 'load'.

Oh, and just -how- do you plan on lifting up this compressor-on-a-platform up in the air while rigging up some chain and attachments?
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:09 PM   #4
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Default Re: hanging small 20 gal air compressor from the ceiling??

Yep, it can be done. Mine has been up there for over 8 years. No problems so far with the vibrations. I even go thru the ceiling for my intake air. I mounted a shop vac filter in the attic to stop any particles from coming in. I also cut a hole in the floor I have it sitting on for the drain. Just place a bucket under it and open the drain. Nothing too complicated about.

If you want pics I can get them when I get home tonight....
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: hanging small 20 gal air compressor from the ceiling??

thanks for the replys. I pic of yours would be great.

The compressor doesnt have much vibration to it... its a speedaire direct drive. I basically just use it for general shop air... nothing crazy and dont use it that much.

For getting it up in the air... it would be hanging right over the side of my lift... so i can lift it with the lift.

I was just thinking that would give me more space. I could put it in the attic also right over where i want to hang it... but i figured it the summer having it up in a somewhat hot attic wouldnt me the best.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:19 PM   #6
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I've seen people mount 60 gallon horizontal compressors on top shelf of a pallate rack. That would be a little more sturdy than having the thing dance on the cables every time the motor started and stopped. I also know another guy who built a metal shelf over his entry door for his compressor.

You could put an automatic drain or a pull drain with a lanyard. If it is up in the air You could run a rubber air hose out the bottom with a blow nozzle at the end to let the water out into a sink, toilette, trash can, etc.

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Old 11-21-2011, 01:41 PM   #7
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Default Re: hanging small 20 gal air compressor from the ceiling??

This was my solution to getting things up off the floor, in a previous very small shop I had. That is a "pieced together" compressor with a 2HP (240V) motor and a Speedaire head. Never a problem, except on very hot summer days when you were painting, the motor would trip out on overload. A fan at the door usually helped.

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Old 11-21-2011, 02:02 PM   #8
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Remember the is no law that says the tank and pump have to be connected.

My pump is on the top shelf, out of the way.
May tank is buried under my bench.
About an eight foot piece of hose to connect them and another from the tank to front of the bench for the main hook up.

A gardeners foam knee cushion under the pump does a good job of taking care of vibrations.
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Old 11-21-2011, 02:56 PM   #9
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i am kicking around plans to build a frankenpressor. i have a quincy 325, a 4 hp motor, and a 30 gallon tank. i plan on sticking the tank in the attic above the garage and mount the comp and motor to an angle iron foundation bolted to the top of (2) vidmars i have side by side.

long story short, shove the tank in the attic space and plump a line from the compressor pump on a shelf somewhere out of the way.
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:14 PM   #10
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Default Re: hanging small 20 gal air compressor from the ceiling??

i have mine sitting on a shelf in the corner made from scrap tubing and angle iron.


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Not an air compressor but I have hung dehumidifiers in the past. Used rope, mostly to get it high (so it would drain into a higher drain), and not to transfer vibrations to the building. Turned out very well.
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:15 PM   #12
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Default Re: hanging small 20 gal air compressor from the ceiling??

Great idea. You could use 3/8 threaded rod with a 2x4 layed on its side across the ceiling joists. hanging it is a great way to utilize your space.
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