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Old 08-26-2004, 07:50 PM
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air compressor clean air intake?

i got a 20 gallon/5hp maxx cambell hausfeld air compressor in my garage and when sanding it clogs the air filter up. the air compressor needs to be in the garage. would it be a good idea to put a little hole in the side of the garage and run a pipe out for clean air? has anyone done this?


also after the day of using the compressor and u empty the tank to get the water out is it best to leave that valve open or close it up again? and does it matter if its sitting up against a wall?

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The only thing I can think of about running an outside air intake is to somehow make the hole either big enough to keep the intake pipe from banging against the wall when the compressor is running, or making some kind of rubber bushing that fits the hole in the wall and the intake pipe. As far as draining water from the tank, I just open the drain far enough to get the water out, and then close the valve. That way, I don't have to wait for the tank to fill with air when I want to use it.
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i was thinking about drilling a hole and putting in a flexable clear rubber hose thing u can get at hardware stores.

put a peice of pipe into the intake on the compressor, put the flex/clear hose onto it and clamp it down and threw the wall and the filter outside on the end of the clear tube or somthing. then when the air compressor isnt in use just cover up that filter with a little baggy or somthing so water doesnt get in when it rains. sound like a good or bad idea?
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Old 08-30-2004, 10:37 PM
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no one has done anything like this before?

for you guys that have ur air compressor in the garage, do u just keep cleaning the air filter all the time?

is there other air filters that can be used? the one on my compressor is rather sh*tty
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Old 08-30-2004, 11:38 PM
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Flex line and the filter outside works like a champ. A lot quieter also. Wouldn't take a whole lot of work to build a tin shield to keep the rain off so you don't have to remember a cover. My filter had one built in so no issue.
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Old 08-31-2004, 11:19 AM
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Depending on the size of the tube, you might even be able to use a cloths dryer vent for the cover outside... or make something like that anyway.
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thanks for the ideas

what i did was drill a 1" hole in the wall, put on a plastic dryer vent cover thing on the side of the house, ran a 1/2" ID clear plastic tube from the compressor threw the wall to the stock air filter hooked up to the end.

i think that the 1/2" ID tube is kinda small but that is the biggest i could find at the hardware store.

do u guys think that the 1/2" inner diameter tube is to small for this compressor? how do i tell if its having a hard time to get air?

the compressor is about half as loud as it used to be, but now outside you can hear it alot.

i will get pictures of the setup soon as i can and post them
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Home Depot should have something bigger than 1/2 ID
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ah never thought of that, il go check it out.

i will get pictures tomarrow, i just got home from work and its dark outside
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heres a pic if anyone cares to look.

it shows the 1" hole in the wall and the tube going out, i need to get one of thos brass fittings for the tube yet
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call the manufacture? they will know if 1" is enough
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How would you like to breath through a straw? You are starving your compressor for air and eventually kill it. You need an inlet at least 10 times the size as the orfice to the compressor cylinder. Think about it!!!
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I would build a "doghouse" for the compressor to live in. Keep it a few inches above ground if it's outside, and in-garage or outside, make sure it's vented to let air in and heat out.
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I would build a "doghouse" for the compressor to live in. Keep it a few inches above ground if it's outside, and in-garage or outside, make sure it's vented to let air in and heat out.
like i said in my first post, the compressor has to be in the garage. so other then sound i dont see any reason for building a little house for it. the compressor does get dust on it but i dont think that hurts it anything.
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Old 09-04-2004, 05:24 AM
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How about find an air filter housing off of a newer (as in 10 or so years old) car with the square filters. Should flow plenty of air for your compressor, you can get em cheap at the junkyard and filters can be had cheap also.
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