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    Was sitting in my wood shop, looking at the compressor, and wondered what else I can use it for besides nail & staple guns and blowing sawdust from one place to another or clearing A/C drain lines. I didn’t come up with much so I thought I’d throw it out for discussion and maybe get some ideas to utilize it more.
    Jim

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    Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

    hover craft for the kids

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      Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

      Originally posted by JJCiesla View Post
      Was sitting in my wood shop, looking at the compressor, and wondered what else I can use it for besides nail & staple guns and blowing sawdust from one place to another or clearing A/C drain lines. I didn’t come up with much so I thought I’d throw it out for discussion and maybe get some ideas to utilize it more.
      I'd like to use mine for inflating my kiddie pool.

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        Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

        Airing up tires.
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        ~~Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long.

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          Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

          Originally posted by cpw View Post
          I'd like to use mine for inflating my kiddie pool.
          and air mattress
          Buy cheap, buy twice.

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          • #6
            Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

            Let's see, so far:
            No kids
            No kiiddie pools
            Tiires - have AAA
            Air mattress....hmmmm; sleeping/resting in the wood shop? Possible!
            WHat else?
            Jim

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            • #7
              Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

              Please post more info about the air compressor. Depending on what it can deliver in the way of compressed air there could be many things it would do for you. Please post the start / stop pressure, tank size, CFM delivery at XX PSI and such.

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                Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

                make some air (steam train) type whisles.

                http://www.trainweb.org/riverview/whistle.html

                http://www.whistleman.com/html/whistleman_.html

                http://www.copperas.com/titanic/whistle.htm

                http://rjweisen.50megs.com

                http://www.nelsonslocomotive.com/Sha.../PlumbingX.htm

                (the ones in this link are wood toys)
                http://www.lackwood.com/shop/whistles/index.lasso
                Last edited by BHD; 07-07-2008, 09:53 AM.
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                • #9
                  Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

                  Get some linear or rotary pneumatic actuators and use them to power all kinds of stuff.
                  • Pop-up targets on a pistol or rifle range
                  • Halloween or other holiday yard displays
                  • 'Star Trek' style door openers that whoosh a sliding door open/closed (could be tripped by IR sensor like used on home alarm systems for total hands-free operation).
                  • Pneumatic powered can crusher
                  "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                  John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                    Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

                    It's pretty entertaining to dry the dog with compressed air after a bath.
                    Baseball is wrong - man with four balls cannot walk.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

                      I own a travel trailer and I live up north, where it gets a little chilly. Well I will use it to blow out my water lines when the cold hits.

                      I'll drain my water tank first, then I'll open up each faucet one at a time. I'll cup my hand around the end of the faucet (take out airrater before you blast) with the blower in my hand and blow out the lines.

                      I'll keep moving around until I think I got everything and no more god awful tasting RV antifreeze in my water lines. I have never had a frozen pipe this way, works great....
                      Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

                      http://www.contractorspub.com

                      A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

                        I use mine to blow out my lawn sprinkler system in the Fall. It's undersized with only a 20 Gal tank but it still gets it done, just takes longer doing a couple fill/dump cycles on each zone. Doesn't cost me anything to do it this way though.
                        "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                        John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

                          blow gun (sharp pencil,foam ear plug,1/2" tubing or just putty and tubing)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

                            Woussko,
                            The compressor specs are:
                            Porter Cable 150 PSI, 6 Gallon Pancake Compressor.
                            Model C2002
                            2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI
                            Cut-In pressure 120 PSIG
                            Cut-Out pressure 90 PSIG
                            SCFM @ 40 PSIG 3.6
                            SCFM @ 90 PSIG 2.6
                            Jim

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                            • #15
                              Re: Have any novel uses for a small shop compressor?

                              Blowing off the lawn mower after doing the lawn. Blowing sawdust off me after running the table saw for a while (need to do that less now that I've upgraded some.

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