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Thanks Bob and Mark for the suggestions. We have a Grainger here in Athens and I stopped by to see what they had in the way of a filter and a flexible hose for running between the tank and the 3/4 inch black pipe. Guess what...they only sell business to business. So here is what I ordered from TheToolWarehouse.com Stopped by the local hydraulic hose shop and had them fab me a 3 foot 3/4 inch hose with fittings that will hook up to the black pipe. Also ran me a 12 inch line with a ball valve out from the bottom of the tank so as to make it easy to drain. The compressor is actually located in a 12X40 foot lean-to style shed (one side open) part of the barn which is in the shade of a large double pine all day long so has plenty of fresh cool air. Hope to finish plumbing the black pipe and running the electrical this next weekend and will post some pictures then.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Guess what...they only sell business to business. </div></div>

Many of us have Grainger accounts. Feel free to PM me with your needs. I can arrange to have anything shipped directly to you or you can pick items up at your local branch.

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Establishing an account at Grainger is as easy as producing a buisness card for just about anything. When I had some rental unit apartments I had some cards printed up that simply said "Robert Beck Real Eastate". That was all it took.

I imagine it is still the same. Now if I can just get McMaster-Carr to send me a catalog so I don't have to keep scrouging my son's I'll be all set......Bob

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Wow! Some of those shops/garages are enough to make a sane mechanic drool. The one thing that made my house stand out to me when we first saw it was the fact that it had a 4 car garage attached at the end of a breezeway. Before we even closed I had dreams of the cars I would be putting in there... then reality struck. The four car garage got split up into a l-o-n-g single wide garage for the vehicles and a larger room for the boys with parking in front of their room for their quads. The boys eventually moved away but the room stayed as a place for them to sleep in the event they came back to visit... darn! When I retired, my dear wife bought me my project Model A's so I didn't go crazy with nothing to do. The l-o-n-g garage worked fine until the first Winter set in and she needed a place for her car... out of the elements. The next summer she told me I needed a building to put the Model A and all my tools in... this is why I'm keeping her guys! Eat your hearts out! She can cook too. Anyway...I had a 14 x 20 shed delivered that all the tools I had at the time and the Model A fit into nicely. As the woodworking on the truck came to a close and the number of woodworking tools I acquired for the project grew ... you guessed it! The 14x20 is now a wood working shop and the Model A is back in the l-o-n-g garage where it sleeps over the Winter with her wheels. I've all but given up restoring any more cars anyway because of health reason, so not having a large shop to work on the vehicles isn't a bad thing. Besides.. if it wouldn't have been for the 'better half', my Model A and my wood shop would never had happened in the first place. I think I've had/have two of the best hobbies around to look back on and share with the grandkids... Hopefully it'll spark their interest when they're of age.

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MrEarl,

I searched around and liked the air compressor you purchased so I ended up getting one myself from Lowes. The stores around me now only carry the 60 gallon air compressors, so I had to special order the 80 gallon version - it will be in next week. In preparation of my installation I would like to know what size breaker you put yours on so I can go ahead and run my wiring while waiting for the delivery.

Thanks much and I hope you are enjoying your air compressor as much as I PLAN on enjoying mine! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

In the meantime, attached is an updated photo of the barn/garage.

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Wow Neal. looks like you've 'bout got it ready to do some serious wrenchin in. Is that a loft to the left. I love the mess too. Nothing worse than an immaculately clean garage. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

Actually Neal, I am still "installing my air compressor". When I first installed my AC in the open lean-to of my barn, I poured a 3ft X 4 ft concrete pad for it and anchored it down. After standing back and looking at it I thought,"now that looks plum dinky!!"

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So, I poured a 12 ft x 36 ft pad for it.

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Seeing as how it then looked too exposed, I decided to enclose it with a 7 ft X 16 ft garage door on one end. Will post pictures of that after I figure out how to install the thing. So as of now the $799 air compressor has only cost me around $3,000.

Oh yea back to your question, I used a 40 Amp breaker and it works great. Here also are some pictures of the lines I ran. Ran two sloping runs of 3/4 in black gas line with drains at each end so the hot compressed air will cool, condensate and end up draining to the low end drain valves.

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Oh and I also poured a short slab on the front of the barn to allow use of an engine hoist with the door open.

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Hi Lamar,

Yes, that is a loft I built in the center of the garage/barn. It's great for storing things up out of the way but until I can figure some type of stairway, using a ladder is quite challenging for those larger items,i.e. fenders,grills, bumpers,etc. (you get the picture) <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />. I brought home my 80 gal compressor yesterday and I'm getting ready to install it today. Man, I just love these purchases that open the door to many new toys. Now I'm forced to go look at die grinders, metal cutters, sand blasting cabinets, and on, and on..... Whew, I'm exhausted already! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

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