[Clayart] air compressor

David Woof woofpots at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 21 01:27:44 UTC 2021

Michael's advice for creating a Small leakage opening by the slightly loosening of the bottom tank drain plug is the hands down best advice that could be given..... along with isolating the compressor, even in another out building, and piping the air to where needed.

Even so, I also have drainable moisture filtering features on my inline air pressure regulators feeding pneumatic tools, and spray booth, and of course a drainable water removing feature on the Plasma Cutter.  One would not want water shorting and interrupting the flow of plasma.           FYI Plasma: the 4th state of physical matter.   If One can generate and harness Plasma one has a new toy and can play...

Oh yea!!! if one feels inclined to transport air under pressure thru PVC pipe... bury it in the earth and cover with 1x6 inch wooden boards before back filling the burial trench.  It could save your loved ones the dreary task of explaining why you have a 9-inch shard of PVC pipe imbedded in your aorta.

David Woof....................................................................................
From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> on behalf of Michael Wendt <mwendt at wendtpottery.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2021 2:07 PM
To: Clayart international pottery discussion forum <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
Subject: Re: [Clayart] air compressor

I have a large compressor and I leave the tank drain cracked open a tiny bit
so that the tank always drains immediately.
My compressor is at least 40 years old.
Michael Wendt
----- Original Message -----
From: "sumi" <sumi at herwheel.com>
To: <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2021 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: [Clayart] air compressor

> yeah, that bleeding the tank thing is a concern. I have always done it
> every time I use the air compressor, and nobody else at the art center
> seems to remember to do it. Somebody is going to have to step up and put
> it on their task list.
> Sumi
>> Yeah, okay, both Robert and Snail make very good points, and in a group
>> studio or community studio where they do not have a dedicated long-term
>> maintenance person, the maintenance-free oil-less compressors are
>> probably the best choice.
>> But for someone who really wants the best quality and the longest life,
>> the "maintenance" on an oil-lubricated cast-iron belt-drive compressor is
>> simple.  Unless the compressor is running every day, the oil only needs
>> changing once in a blue moon, and it's not at all difficult.  Bleeding
>> condensation from the tank is easy, and most compressors that are
>> advertised as "maintenance free" are only referring to the compressor
>> unit itself and not the tank, which still needs to have the condensation
>> bled off regularly.  Not doing so risks corrosion inside the tank, which
>> could eventually result in catastrophic tank failure.
>> - Vince
>> Vince Pitelka
>> Potter, Writer, Teacher
>> Chapel Hill, NC
>> vpitelka at dtccom.net
>> www.vincepitelka.com<http://www.vincepitelka.com>
>> https://chathamartistsguild.org/
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> On Behalf Of sumi
>> Sent: Friday, May 21, 2021 11:08 AM
>> To: clayart at lists.clayartworld.com
>> Subject: Re: [Clayart] air compressor
>> Snail
>> You hit the nail on the head! Yes, I can't count on anybody maintaining
>> this thing.
>> Sumi
>>>> On May 21, 2021, at 7:16 AM, <vpitelka at dtccom.net>
>>>> <vpitelka at dtccom.net> wrote:
>>>> ...If you want to do this right, get a compressor that is
>>>> oil-lubricated and has a cast iron cylinder barrel…
>>> Vince is correct that an oil-lubed compressor is almost always a better
>>> long-term quality choice than a ‘maintenance-free’ unit. Since this is
>>> an art center, though, I will offer a contrarian caution. Checking and
>>> adding oil to a compressor is not difficult, but if nobody is in change
>>> of making it happen, or if that person changes jobs and the knowledge
>>> isn’t passed on, or it just doesn’t happen, you will have thrown away
>>> some of that investment. Air compressors tend to be
>>> ‘out-of-sight/out-of-mind. In a setting where equipment is likely to be
>>> neglected, you may actually be better off with a cheaper model that you
>>> won’t cry to replace. The quieter models do tend to be the
>>> oil-lubricated sort, but it’s a factor to bear in mind. Putting an
>>> oil-check schedule on the wall next to it (or wherever task reminders
>>> get posted) may help.
>>> -Snail

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