Free 173 Best Homemade Tools eBook:  
Become a founding member: 500+ tool plans, full site access, and more.

User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Stupid Air Compressor Drain Modification

  1. #1
    Supporting Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Posts
    576
    Thanks
    2,256
    Thanked 179 Times in 122 Posts

    nova_robotics's Tools

    Stupid Air Compressor Drain Modification

    Here's a stupid little addition to extend the life of your air compressor. Just remove the drain valve and attach a few pieces of plastic pipe/tubing. That way you have a little reservoir (the volume of the pipes) to hold condensation and prevent corrosion in your tank.


    173 Best Homemade Tools eBook

  2. The Following 8 Users Say Thank You to nova_robotics For This Useful Post:

    asterix (Aug 1, 2021), baja (Jul 31, 2021), BuffaloJohn (Jul 30, 2021), freddo4 (Jul 30, 2021), Jon (Aug 5, 2021), lassab999 (Jul 31, 2021), metric_taper (Aug 1, 2021), RetiredFAE (Jul 30, 2021)

  3. #2
    Content Editor
    Supporting Member
    DIYer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    3,079
    Thanks
    649
    Thanked 1,588 Times in 1,424 Posts


    Thanks nova_robotics! We've added your Compressor Drain Modification to our Air Compressors category,
    as well as to your builder page: nova_robotics's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




  4. #3
    Supporting Member Hans Pearson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Posts
    91
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked 47 Times in 30 Posts
    I like the idea, it can also allow you to lead the outlet to somewhere convienent and save you scratching around under the receiver to find the tap.

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Hans Pearson For This Useful Post:

    nova_robotics (Jul 31, 2021)

  6. #4
    Supporting Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Posts
    576
    Thanks
    2,256
    Thanked 179 Times in 122 Posts

    nova_robotics's Tools
    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Pearson View Post
    I like the idea, it can also allow you to lead the outlet to somewhere convienent and save you scratching around under the receiver to find the tap.
    That was the original intention. I was going to connect it to a solenoid valve and plumb it outside. Then the PLC in my shop could periodically drain the tank. But I'm very, very lazy.

  7. #5
    Jon
    Jon is online now Jon has agreed the Seller's Terms of Service
    Administrator
    Supporting Member
    Jon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Colorado, USA
    Posts
    21,347
    Thanks
    6,496
    Thanked 30,834 Times in 8,550 Posts
    Congratulations nova_robotics - your Compressor Drain Modification is the Homemade Tool of the Week!

    The simple mod wins it this week. Pipe/tubing as a reservoir is clever, and this modification is reminiscent of the classic "one weird trick" internet ads:



    Some more good builds from this week:

    Fluid Transfer Pump by 737mechanic
    Wood Sealer Recipes by Mazay
    Tap Handle by Retro Steam Tech
    Bandsaw Fence Modification by SculptyWorks
    Bandsaw Circle Cutting Atttachment by rgsparber
    Belt Sander Angle Stand by rendoman
    Lawnmower Trailer by theeddies
    Hand Drill Press by fergiomaria
    Multifunction Jigsaw Cut Guide by Didpoolhall
    Edging Clamp by orioncons36
    Assorted Woodworking Hacks by Junkyard
    Portable Bandsaw Mount by orioncons36

    nova_robotics - we've added your tool entry to our All Homemade Tool of the Week winners post. And, you'll now notice the wrench-on-pedestal award in the awards showcase in your postbit, visible beneath your username:



    You'll be receiving a $25 online gift card, in your choice of Amazon (US-only), PayPal, or bitcoin. Please PM me your current email address and award choice and I'll get it sent over right away.

    Nice work!

  8. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Jon For This Useful Post:

    carloski (Aug 6, 2021), Metallurg33 (Aug 7, 2021), nova_robotics (Aug 6, 2021)

  9. #6

    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Posts
    149
    Thanks
    95
    Thanked 26 Times in 20 Posts
    We had something like this, but the exhaust went out the side of the building into the alleyway.

    It just "happened" to be the area that we had issues with transients using as a toilet and as a place to shoot up drugs.
    We had to clean the area a lot less after the first few times it went off randomly. (wink)
    Just a coincidence, I swear!

  10. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Moldyjim For This Useful Post:

    NortonDommi (Aug 10, 2021), nova_robotics (Aug 10, 2021)

  11. #7
    Unkle Fuzzy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Near Monkeytown, USA
    Posts
    139
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 81 Times in 46 Posts
    You can get a kit that senses pressure drop when the unloader opens and it burps the drain every time the compressor cycles.

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to Unkle Fuzzy For This Useful Post:

    nova_robotics (Aug 10, 2021)

  13. #8

    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Posts
    149
    Thanks
    95
    Thanked 26 Times in 20 Posts
    It was more fun to do it manually...

  14. #9
    Supporting Member NortonDommi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    North Island, New Zealand.
    Posts
    720
    Thanks
    1,398
    Thanked 384 Times in 229 Posts

    NortonDommi's Tools
    Quote Originally Posted by Moldyjim View Post
    It was more fun to do it manually...
    Yep, that sudden face full of crap from blow-back when you crack the valve too fast....
    I fitted a needle valve and on humid days I can leave it just slightly open for a drip every few seconds. Truck air tanks often come fitted with dump valves to drain water with a nice little lever on them that with a hole drilled can be connected with a cable to a remote. They close when the lever is released.



    173 Best Homemade Tools eBook

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •