Moral of the story. Better be nice to your Father-in-law.
Today my FIL was buying my wife a new radio for the wifes car. Hers ate a CD last week and he has a brother in the Audio Business. She is up there this morning and they are installing the new unit. She calls me and says her dad needs to talk to me.
He asked me if I needed a large air compressor? He is a junk yard scrounger so my first thought is what he has found. Is it worth messing with? Often not. Then he tells me his brothers new shop had a large air compressor when they moved in. Building owner bought it, it didn't work. Gave him his money back and didn't want the compressor. Told him to us scrap it. They thought the motor was bad. OK sounds interesting. I have motors laying around.
It seems they are expecting the Tax Accessors office to visit the shop. He will get taxed on that as equipment even though it doesn't work. So he just wants it out there to save trouble.
Ken (FIL) was just grabbing it rather than letting it be scrapped and he really didn't need it. My darling wife mentioned that I would like to have a larger compressor. So he brings it by and it's a nice looking .... well, name brand I can't think of. 5hp 60 gallon upright. I check the label and now I am excited. That will power the HVLP sprayer I really wanted but my old compressor was too small for.
We unload it. Noticed its missing the line from the compressor head to the tank. Everything else seems to be there. We look at the motor and the windings look fine, not burned. We check the pressure switch, doesn't seem to work. Decided to just put on a power cord and see what happens. Remove the belt, plug it up ... nothing. Quick check and we find a problem Wire nut on the cord came loose. Repair that (it just temporary for testing) plug it up, still nothing. Take the belt off so I can test the electrical and not loose a finger. Realize the switch is off. Turn it on, the motor runs.
Put the belt on, turn it on. It runs perfect! Compressor is putting out lots of air too. So looks like I just have to fab up a line to the tank. Worst case, some rings in the compressor. Either way this is cheap air compressor!
See moral of the story once again! Your FIL might just Bless you too!