Published at Friday, 10 August 2018. Air Compressor. By Marietta Gilmore.
The most common is the piston compressor. This falls under the positive displacement compressors, which you can find in fractional to very high horsepower ranges. The positive displacement air compressor works by filling an air chamber with air and reducing the chamber volume.
A few years ago I got a letter from my cousin back in Florida. He is a portable air compressor too. He works with a roofing company contractor. I could never do that sort of work because I am too big. Luckily, my cousin is just the right size and can be used up on the roof. I guess the workers just take him right on up and secure him to their roofing jacks. This seems dangerous to me, but different strokes for different folks.
Compression not only produces heat but squeezes water out of the air which ends up in the tank. Tanks can rust internally over time and if this is not controlled, the rusted air tank can eventually explode causing considerable damage and even death. That is why it is really important to evacuate the tank of water regularly. Most air compressors come equipped with a drain valve at the lowest point of the tank. If you dont want to spray water all over the floor under the unit, you may want to consider piping it from the valve to another place such as under the floor or into a drain. Piped water will flow uphill into a sink because it is being pushed out of the tank by compressed air.
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