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Shop compressor air dryer for DIY resto projects

Discussion in 'Tools' started by Schroeder, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. Schroeder

    Schroeder Member

    I have about 30' of 1/2" galvanaized pipe from ththe tank to the point where I will be pulling air from for paint. Take a look at my pictures. Right now the black 1/2" hose goes from my air line (segregated from the rest of the shop supply with the shut off valve) to my m60 filter where I will plug my new airline in for painting. I'm going to remove the 1/2" barb out of the tee (red circle), put a 5/8 JIC (-10AN) fitting in it, run hose long enough to set the dryer on the floor close to the pillar the m60 is on, run the 5/8" hose to the drier, and run a 5/8" hose out the dryer to the m60. The hoses will have push lock fittings on them, so I can unhook the hoses and store the dryer when not in use. Someday maybe I'll make an overhead shelf to store it on like arrowhead did, but right now I will only be using it for my car, and don't want to hardline it or make the shed. The Parker and eaton hose is nice anyway.

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  2. march11934

    march11934 Newbie

    Have you ever heard of a frazinator? I built one on my Ingersol and I rarely have water in the tank. This is in NC where high humidity is an every day thing. I'm not really an auto body guy but I do have a past of 12 years in auto repair from general auto to big diesel to some racing stuff. So have been around air compressors but not in need of "clean" air like auto body requires. I didn't want to spend a lot of money and I heard a lot of good things about this device. Cost me about 100 bucks in plumbing and works great! I can take a few pics if your interested.
    Best.
     
  3. Schroeder

    Schroeder Member

    I have heard of it and seen pictures on he internet. As of now I'm just going to rely on the m60 and the HF dryer. If yo don't mind, could you post some pics of your setup?

    I doubt I'll buy anything new though. I bought over $100 in plumbing stuff and had the HF dryer plumbed in near the tank only to not use it.
     
  4. shine

    shine Member

    the hf dryer work good. i'm getting no moisture in my booth .
     
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  5. Danny23

    Danny23 Newbie

    the hf dryer work good. i'm getting no moisture in my booth .[/QUOTE]


    I was gonna get the QC3 for my garage but..which one you got from HF shine..
     
  6. shine

    shine Member

    the 400 dollar refrigerated dryer. 20 ft from compressor , 60 ft from booth .
    still have these in my booth. have yet to see any moisture in them .
     

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  7. Danny23

    Danny23 Newbie

    Harbor freight refrigerated dryer?
     
  8. Raymond_B

    Raymond_B Hobbyist

  9. Danny23

    Danny23 Newbie

    How long you guys had this unit.
     
  10. dmattingly

    dmattingly Member

    I've had mine for about a year, used daily and still producing dry air. Only complaint I have is the automatic float style drain that comes with it is garbage. for now I just have a length of pipe and a ball valve in place of it, but getting ready to put an electric automatic drain on.
     
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  11. Danny23

    Danny23 Newbie

    Kool..
     
  12. march11934

    march11934 Newbie

    So here is an image of the setup. Plumbing is 1/2 copper. The tube coming out of the compressor head gets Very hot. You can follow the tubing across and into the vertical cast-iron pipe. There is a downturn inside the pipe so the air gets forced downwards. As the air rises inside the cast-iron pipe it cools so the humidity drops out of the air, comes out the top and routes into the top of the air tank. This pipe can be held without needing to take your hand away. So the heat dissipation that happens in the cast iron is very good. You can see there are 2 water separators after the pressure switch. The small one has been emptied once. Maybe a teaspoon of water if i run the compressor all day. The larger separator has never had water build up in it. The tank itself gets emptied maybe once every 6 months and i might get a dixie cup of water out of it. As for the cast iron pipe, i have to empty that at the end f each day that I run it.
    This is not a design i came up with but I can honestly say i never get water coming out of any of my air tools since I set this up. I am very impressed with the way this works. Im in NC and the humidity is quite high so i could say this is an honest test of how this works.
    All the best.
    march11934
     

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