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iamblackjack
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posted 02-11-2004 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for iamblackjack   Click Here to Email iamblackjack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was looking at one of my air dryers (for the air compressor) and trying to figure out how it works. It seems to spin the air arround before it leaves the cylinder.

Does anyone know exactly how they work?

Kirk.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-11-2004 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By spinning it uses centrifical action to fling out moisture to the outside since water is heavier than air and can't make the turn the air does in that space.

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iamblackjack
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posted 02-12-2004 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for iamblackjack   Click Here to Email iamblackjack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's what I kinda thought.

Now let me tell ya what I built on that theory. I had a seven gallon portable air tank. I wanted to put wheels and a handle on it to make it easier to hall around. I figured that it also would serve as an acumulator. And to take in one step further, I thought that it could also get rid of some moisture. So cut a slit in the side (it stand upright now) and welded a peice of 1/2" pipe to it near the top at the very edge. Out of the very top of it I welded a 1/2" T that has 12" of pipe sticking down into the center of the cylinder. At the bottom I put a small valve to let the water out. The handle is quite high (about 5') so that I can roll the hoses up on it too. I mounted another dryer and a regualtor on the handle also. I'll try to post some pictures later. It seems to work, but it's hard to tell because at the same time I also put a big dryer near the tank.

Kirk.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-12-2004 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not really an accumulator, right? An accumulator usually has a diaphram seperating two chambers and allows for expansion and contraction, if I understand it right. I think you've just made a storage tank with a moisture trap, right?

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iamblackjack
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posted 03-20-2004 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for iamblackjack   Click Here to Email iamblackjack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, what ever you want to call this contraption it works. It works great. I put a pop-off on the bottom. Every so often I pull the ring on it and a gusher comes out. I've had no problem what so ever with moisture since.

I'll post a pic if you could tell me who to mail it to.

Kirk.

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Dubz
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posted 03-28-2004 04:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dubz   Click Here to Email Dubz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i thought that an air drier was the pellet deal, that you put activated pellets in, looks like a big peice of pipe...

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pmhvps
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posted 04-08-2004 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pmhvps   Click Here to Email pmhvps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dubz:
i thought that an air drier was the pellet deal, that you put activated pellets in, looks like a big peice of pipe...

That's the kind I have.....the best for painting as far as I know. Just make sure you drain daily....same goes for the compressor air tank.
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68 S-code GT
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posted 07-14-2004 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The air is probably cooling some which will get the moisture to condense in the tank also.

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