Small hobby/computer-type air compressor

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by devynal, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. devynal

    devynal The Idiot Circus Boy

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    Does anyone use a small air compressor for their computer and/or electronics?

    Reason I ask is I am looking for said compressor instead of dumping $5 on canned air every few weeks. I work at a photo lab and we use a very small air compressor to dust out the machines, film negatives, etc.

    Just wondering if anyone uses one or knows of a website I could get one at. Thanks!
     
  2. Yharn

    Yharn meh.

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    at work we have the re-aire thing its basically cans of air and a compressor that will refill the cans. haven't the slightest clue where they got it cause i've been looking for one myself and have yet to see one.
     
  3. kreepy20

    kreepy20 OSNN Addict

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    air compressor is a bad idea

    its really not a good idea to use compressed air because the air with have moisture in it and moisture + electronics = very bad day



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  4. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Well since when did compressed air contain water?

    The machines are cleaned inside to remove dust.

    As to the poster I wish i could buy compressed air here, asked in computer sales, shops, diy shops, no diddly nah nah can i buy it newhere.

    I saw this in a magasine about a year ago as a top notch way to remove dust, makes sense.
     
  5. kreepy20

    kreepy20 OSNN Addict

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    here ya go

    here maybe this one will help you understand a little better
     
  6. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger OSNN Addict

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    Being a carpenter and all, we use air compressors all day. We drain the tanks at the end of the day and get about a pint of water out of it.
     
  7. Aussie983

    Aussie983 ßµ®ηiή Şiliςδη

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    if you use compressed air just remember not to flip the can over, and you'll be fine
     
  8. kreepy20

    kreepy20 OSNN Addict

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    he's not talking about a can of air he's talking about using a compressor to supply the air
     
  9. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Go to a large hardware type store (Home Depot, Lowes etc) and you can buy just an air tank for around $15. I believe they are about 4-5 gallons and hold up to 100 psi. Then get a spray adapter ($5) and fill the tank at a local gas station. Should hold more than enough air for a few months.
     
  10. Aussie983

    Aussie983 ßµ®ηiή Şiliςδη

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    oops...i have selective reading problems :p :)
     
  11. kreepy20

    kreepy20 OSNN Addict

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    aight go for it just wait before you turn the pc on if you fry the mobo don't say you weren't warned
     
  12. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    use Halon?

    ,,, like if you are ruch enough - and not ozone friendly - and ESPECIALLY if you O/C and your rig is ON FIRE :eek:
     
  13. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger OSNN Addict

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  14. kreepy20

    kreepy20 OSNN Addict

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    yea use the halon and lock the room up tight
     
  15. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger OSNN Addict

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    :eek: :D :eek:
     
  16. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Boy, you guys like to make things hard. Options:

    1). Garden sprayer, never used $10-15. Pump it up and the pressure gets high enough to blow out dust. No moisture problem. The pressure is too low.

    2). Get an electric pump for car tires $15 and use it to fill one of those air cans mentioned above (no trips to gas station). This may pose a moisture problem. Don't use a gas station pump to pressurize the can. The air may contain oil from the pump which will coat your board and make the dust stick.

    3). And for the really cheap. Put your lips together and blow. Better when using a straw. Make sure your mouth is dry first or it could get messy.

    Check the office supply stores for "Dusting Cans". They usually carry them and a lot cheaper than the computer stores.

    BTW "Compressed Air", "Air Duster", etc are brand names they use a toxic chemical. Check the label. I take my comp outside to use the duster sprays. A Computer Maintenance guy was using the **** at work, in a well ventilated area to clean out a couple computers. He started hacking and coughing and it lasted for over an hour. I asked him what he was using that made him so sick and he said compressed air. He handed me the can which said "Air" something on the can. In the ingrediants it listed some flourocarbon **** as the only content.
     
  17. kreepy20

    kreepy20 OSNN Addict

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    you can also get one of those shop vac with the blower on the other side and the computer attachment and problem solved



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  18. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Sitting in the chair at the hair salon another idea blew in my ear. Get one of those high volume small hair dryers for 10 bucks and cut the heater element wire.
     
  19. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    That is actually a great idea... and if ya could make the head output of the hair dryer smaller, more air will be forced out faster... I think... :D
     
  20. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

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    I happen to work in a shop, we have to drain our compressor tank of the water that collects in it, we do so about once a week, we also have water filters in line right after the tank, and also before all of the air pumps that we use.

    To try and explain, air has moisture in it, the pump sucks it in, and compresses it. the compression forces the water to go from vapor to liquid form, you have to drain the water of of the tank from time to time, cause that water can cause the tank to rust and there goes your investment.