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Old 10-28-2016, 11:19 AM   #1
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Default Compressor Enclosure



I was farting around on the internet the other day and ran into a pretty smart outdoor compressor enclosure that utilizes a smart muffler of sorts.

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Old 10-28-2016, 11:25 AM   #2
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That's a pretty elaborate set up for that baby compressor. Nice though. Hopefully no water ever gets in there and he drains it frequently.
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That's a pretty elaborate set up for that baby compressor. Nice though. Hopefully no water ever gets in there and he drains it frequently.
That is what I was thinking too. Would not work for me for sure with our humidity. I don't think that is a pancake. Seeing how deep he dug it it is probably a vertical 30 gallon or so. Makes more sense about the size and noise he described. I would hate to lift that in and out, especially with about 10 gallons of water in the tank.
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Old 10-28-2016, 11:37 AM   #4
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That oiless compressor is doomed to death by overheating. That is if the light switch he's feeding it from doesn't burn the house down first. If he lives in a climate that has winter, the filter dehydrator will burst the bowl the frost time it freezes, too. I also can't believe he spent all that money and time for that little compressor.

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Old 10-28-2016, 12:20 PM   #5
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He forgot to include a fire alarm circuit for when that thing overheats.
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:27 PM   #6
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What about one of these off the shelf cabinets? Anyone have experience with these?

http://www.sears.com/california-air-...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:51 PM   #7
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very cool. I want to see a GJ replicate it ... that might be even cooler
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:10 PM   #8
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That is what I was thinking too. Would not work for me for sure with our humidity. I don't think that is a pancake. Seeing how deep he dug it it is probably a vertical 30 gallon or so. Makes more sense about the size and noise he described. I would hate to lift that in and out, especially with about 10 gallons of water in the tank.
I think it is like 30 but oilless 30 still isn't much air!
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:25 PM   #9
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That oiless compressor is doomed to death by overheating. That is if the light switch he's feeding it from doesn't burn the house down first. If he lives in a climate that has winter, the filter dehydrator will burst the bowl the frost time it freezes, too. I also can't believe he spent all that money and time for that little compressor.

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Overheating may be a problem, he's in Arizona, Freezing not so much I would think.
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:54 PM   #10
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Where is the inlet getting it's air from? The pit looks sealed...
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:05 PM   #11
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That oiless compressor is doomed to death by overheating. That is if the light switch he's feeding it from doesn't burn the house down first. If he lives in a climate that has winter, the filter dehydrator will burst the bowl the frost time it freezes, too. I also can't believe he spent all that money and time for that little compressor.

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Yup, nice coffin for a dead compressor
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:14 PM   #12
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For the amount spent on that hole, he could have bought a 2 stage with a low RPM pump that puuuurs.

Here is mine that function as a pegboard:

https://youtu.be/nV7A-rbtXK4?t=9m16s
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:17 PM   #13
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Pretty neat.
Compressor is under ground
Ground cools the block
Block cools the air
Air cools the compressor

It says in the article its been running that way for 12 yrs, that's pretty good.
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:21 PM   #14
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For the amount spent on that hole, he could have bought a 2 stage with a low RPM pump that puuuurs.

Here is mine that function as a pegboard:

https://youtu.be/nV7A-rbtXK4?t=9m16s
I worked in a shop that had a compressor in an un-ventilated closet! I mean 4 by 4 closet! Took about ten yrs for it to finally have an issue. And it could have more from neglected oil changes than heat.

Did you look at your compressor? On my antique craftsman the main sheave has a fan built into the spokes. I don't think you'll have a problem, plenty of air circulating around it.
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:31 PM   #15
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Needs a remote tank drain.
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:33 PM   #16
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I worked in a shop that had a compressor in an un-ventilated closet! I mean 4 by 4 closet! Took about ten yrs for it to finally have an issue. And it could have more from neglected oil changes than heat.

Did you look at your compressor? On my antique craftsman the main sheave has a fan built into the spokes. I don't think you'll have a problem, plenty of air circulating around it.
The top to my enclosure is open. Given my low duty cycle, the thing barely gets warm, so I think I am OK. I could always install an aux fan somehow.
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Old 10-28-2016, 04:29 PM   #17
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Needs a remote tank drain.

Well, at least when the receiver lets go, all the energy will be channelled straight up.

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Old 10-28-2016, 09:27 PM   #18
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Excellent construction skills but i don't know if I would spend that much money and time on a pancake compressor.
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Old 10-29-2016, 01:57 AM   #19
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Excellent skills as mentioned earlier! I would probably modify his approach slightly though.
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Old 10-29-2016, 10:39 AM   #20
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Love the concept. As mentioned there is definitely room for improvement. I'd also be concerned with ground water issues with drainage. But overall I think it was a great idea and it hides the size of the compressor well. Looks to be about a 30 gallon compressor.
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