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    Shop Air At Last!

    Well, these past couple of days I've been spending some time setting up my Sears portable compressor that has been used mainly for blowing out the sprinkler system each fall. It is located in the garage and needed to be brought to the top of the project list so that it will provide some "shop air" for my work shop. Seeing the compressor just sitting there, seldom used, I decided to make better use of it.

    Installed a 1/4" air line, some compressor fittings (T, ball valve shut-offs, quick disconnects), & routed it through the garage wall to the shop. Also installed a new 20amp circuit to add a couple of 4-plex receptacles for shop equipment (DP, Jointer, BS, pending TS, combo belt/disc sander, router), a 2-plex receptacle for the compressor & a hard wired switch in the shop to turn the compressor on/off from the shop when needed.

    Haven't finished it yet, but expect to do so tomorrow. Then I have to test for a leak(s) somewhere on the compressor as it surprisingly doesn't hold pressure overnight. Since I can hear the leak, I'll be painting some dish soap on the fittings to see if it shows itself. Once done, it'll be nice having better use of the compressor.
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    The work you're putting in now will be well worth it. You're going to wonder how you got along without it, Al.
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    That should be a great help to your shop Al.

    BTW for testing my lines, I just used some windex, didn't have to mix up soap, bubbles enough to show any leaks, even slow ones.
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    That should be a great help to your shop Al.

    BTW for testing my lines, I just used some windex, didn't have to mix up soap, bubbles enough to show any leaks, even slow ones.
    Thanks for the tip Darren, I'll give it a squirt!
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    Just be glad that I am not singing, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air...."

    Now you can think of me while tracing your air leak.

    Enjoy,
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    I checked for air leaks in the compressor tank & a couple using the Windex, but for some reason I didn't envision Jim singing his bubbly song. Tried to tighten the fittings & replaced the drain plug "assembly" & replaced it with a conventional 1/4" NPT plug. That stopped the leak there, but a "T" fitting is still culpritizing the integrity of the tank. More work to do, but the shop air plumbing & new electrical ciruit is done. Everything worked with no tripped CBs & no smoke.

    PS Thanks for the tip on using Windex Darren, it works well & is easier than painting soap on the fitting joints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Just be glad that I am not singing, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air...."

    Now you can think of me while tracing your air leak.

    Enjoy,
    JimB
    This comment would probably make more sense if you'd picked a song that was written after the phonograph was invented.

    (OK, technically, it was published in 1919, a good 42 years after Edison and his phonograph, but still...)
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    Harder than I thought to resolve the leak. Have sprayed everything, AFTER having to use Teflon tape on all the joints. Gotta keep at it, but surprisingly difficult chasing a "simple" leak.
    Thoughts entering one's mind need not exit one's mouth!
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    You might check the the Check valve coming from the pump to the tank. Usually there is one right on top of the tank where the tube connects. Sometimes they go bad and leak air back to the pump or the valve that opens up to make it easier for the motor to start up.
    Darren

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    Al sometimes the leak can be in the quick connect or the air blast gun or such.. have one that i tried to fix the leak and it still leaks so i just disconnect it till i need it again..
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