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air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby fitzy » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:30 pm

I just finished my version of a homemade air dryer I took 3/4 inch copper tube ran it back and forth reed it into two rows then brought it back to one out then straight up with a drain outside. I also had to learn how to sweat pipe. So it was a learning experience all the way around. Preliminary tests show no water but the true test is tomorrow. Hopefully this will help keep my motor guard dry. I'll also be posting some pics and thanks to all for the inspiring ideas here.
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Re: air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby fitzy » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:40 pm

here is the pics off cell phone

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Re: air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby Metal Lee » Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:11 pm

Good job, let us know how it works, what I like is you still have room for the beer's. :lol: dual purpose fridge.
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Re: air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby WSS » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:41 pm

In our weld shop, we installed a supplied air breathing system that pulls fresh air from the lunch/tool room to the weld heads. The blower is rheostat controlled for the amount of air needed to purge the weld hoods (three or four at a time), the problem was during the summer the air was heated about 10 degrees over ambient, so I ran system like yours through the vegetable crisper and filled it with water, it dropped a good 15 degrees. To make it even nicer, I bought a bunch of those blue ice packs and freeze over night and rotate during the day. The big draw back is you get to smell whatever other guys are eating for lunch, Der wienerschniztel chilli-cheese dogs are the worst. Smells like someone exploded.

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Re: air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby fitzy » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:23 am

:lol: I can definantly see how that could be a prob especially if saur kraught is involved.
Had a good chance today to test it out ran for about 1.5 hours intermitent and zero water in the lines I think this will work great. My cut quality has improved 10 fold and a whole lot less dross to deal with. I'll keep updating when I get the chance to cut longer and harder but so far I'm very pleased. :D
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Re: air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby WSS » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:48 pm

What Plasma generator are you using? Amazing how dry are can improve a cut. We use a harbor freight unit that I got used off of craigslist. It works hard and keeps the lines dry. Once in awhile I have to shut down the pressure to activate the "auto-drain" valve, it only opens when no pressure is on it. Let me tell you, it flows some water! Your unit should work just like the stand alone units. I have heard that routing your lines up high helps too.

Cool idea!

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Re: air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby Kentuckyfarmer » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:13 pm

Can you run the copper coil thru the freezer part instead of the fridge part and get the same results? I am sure some one has allready tried it, if not I may be the first
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Re: air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby Dennis » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:36 pm

fitzy wrote:here is the pics off cell phone


I like the desigh plenty of room left for BEER :lol:

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Re: air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby fitzy » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:00 pm

I'm sure you could run it through the freezer the volume of cooled air is why I went through the fridge and Yes the fridsge is now fully stocked with sodas and waters (just my drinks of choice but to each there own :D ). I ran it pretty hard yesterday and it still is working great I'll try and post pics of some before aqnd after shots I'm also running a td82 on a tm3 5x10 table
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Re: air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby elkriverfab » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:24 am

I ended up doing the same thing (running through the freezer).

I also cut holes and ran the tubing down to the fridge area too.

I just used that spray on foam crack filler to insulate the areas around the copper tubes where the go into the fridge.

Luckily I was able to cut holes in the bottom of the freezer without damaging any of those little veins carrying coolant......

Unlike my wife that decided to defrost the house fridge/freezer with a sharp knife :evil:

I told her to "just let it thaw", I came home to find it hacked and guess what?????????? No more cold fridge.

This was just after our main fridge went out. So.........Two in one week!
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Re: air dryer a redesign of anothers idea

Postby BrianMick » Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:56 am

ohhhhhhhhhh........if we told you once Shawn we told you twice..............don't let the wives play with sharp objects........... :lol: for all of our safety..........
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