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...
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.
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
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...
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...
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...
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...