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Ampro A1440 Pressure Regulator Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-23-2011 11:57 am

A few months ago I found myself angrily shoppingfor an inline air regulator. The one that came with my spray gunlasted all but 2 hours. The glass of pressure gauge split in half.Apparently it was too cold in my shop (not really). Browsing theweb I found that it is littered with cheap sub-par pressureregulators. I had no confidence that any one of them would last anylonger than the one that just broke. Where are the good ones? Aftersome research I settled on the

How to choose a Hose for Compressed Air
by Lorenz Prem on 09-29-2011 1:54 pm

I needed a few extension hose for my aircompressor to finish a built-in on the far end of my house.Choosing a hose that works well is not a trivial matter. Here is aguide for how to choose the best air hose for your application.

What matters

There are three main issues to consider when shopping for ahose:

  • Length: The obvious one on the list;the hose needs to be as long as you need it to be.
  • Sizing: The inner diame
Legacy Color Connex Air Coupler Review
by Lorenz Prem on 09-27-2011 11:32 am

When I first installed my compressed air systemin my shop I installed budget air couplers. I regretted itimmediately. A couple of the female fittings leaked air. Worst ofall, some released the hose when I tugged on the tool end a bit tovigorously. That got annoying very fast. I needed new couplers.Enter the Legacy Color Connex line of air couplers. Performancemixed with a bit of showmanship was just the thing my shopneeded.

Legacy Color Connex Coupler

I purchased the Legacy couplers for two reasons: they areattractiv

Reelcraft 5650-OLP Hose Reel Review
by Lorenz Prem on 07-27-2011 9:31 pm

One of the problem areas in my shop is the airhose. I never seem to find the time to coil it and tuck it away.The hose gets in the way when I swipe the floor, and I step on itall the time.

Recently I got fed up with the problem and decided to by a hosereel. I did not want to buy just any hose reel. I wanted one thatwould do the job well and last a decade. Having purchased a cheapreel for my garden hose that barely lasted a month, I decided toshop for quality. Enter the

You might need a different type of reel in your

Installing a Compressed Air System in your Home Shop
by Lorenz Prem on 09-19-2010 7:21 pm

A compressed air system in the shop allows youto concentrate on the woodworking. If properly design, there isalways enough air to power your tools. We all want one. A qualitycompressed air system allows you to run professional air tools inyour shop. Lets take a look at what it takes to build one.

1) Pick a Compressor

A one man home shop needs a compressor that can drive the mostair hungry tool you will ever use. In most cases that's a sander orspray gun. I suggest you purchase a compressor than can drive thisload cont

Installing a large Air Compressor
by Lorenz Prem on 08-02-2010 8:25 pm

Large air compressors need to be installedproperly in order to maximize equipment live and safety, andminimize operating noise. First pick a suitable location. Acompressor has to be installed on a sturdy floor such as concrete.The weight of the machine and vibrations during operation candamage other types of floor. Installation on a wood floor isparticularly worrisome. The floor and walls will amplify theoperating noise of the compressor.


Besides the flooring also consider machine clearances and thesource of

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