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Old 09-25-2014, 05:24 PM   #11
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My understanding is that you want an oil-less compressor for blowing out water lines.
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Old 09-25-2014, 05:48 PM   #12
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My understanding is that you want an oil-less compressor for blowing out water lines.
I agree, or at least an effective oil & water separator (example) or filter.
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:38 PM   #13
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My first compressor was an oilless and it did not last very long. But for light use it should be fine. For more air volume you can piggy back a portable tank to the compressor. That allows you to take it where you need it. You will use compressed air for more things than you think you will. I have a 60 gallon upright piped out to the garage and wouldn't be without it. Loren
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Get the oil-filled one with the belt drive and the cast iron. They last WAY longer. To use it in blowing out the water lines, just add a dryer. Campbell Hausfeld makes a nice dryer for around $40. What others have said is true-- you'll wind up using the compressor for way more jobs than you know.
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:56 AM   #15
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Not sure about all this - maybe I will pay to have someone winterize my trailer not even sure what a compresser really is. Not sure if I would use one ever. I can cook a nice soufflé but some of this stuff is a wee bit out of my comfort zone.
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Not sure about all this - maybe I will pay to have someone winterize my trailer not even sure what a compresser really is. Not sure if I would use one ever. I can cook a nice soufflé but some of this stuff is a wee bit out of my comfort zone.
You don't need a compressor to winterize. You CAN use a compressor to blow water out of the lines, that's all. As for what a compressor is, ever inflate your tires?
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:53 AM   #17
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My understanding is that you want an oil-less compressor for blowing out water lines.
While oil-less vs oil bath may be of concern when blowing out water lines because of oil contamination, the amount of oil that would be introduced, if at all, would be so miniscule as to not concern me. I say that having spent a good part of my working life in public water supply operations, and I am very picky about the water I drink. That being said, I do have an oil separator on my compressor because I use it for spray painting. However, it is precautionary. Prior to installing it, I did some extensive testing (essentially blowing air at a folded paper towel over an extended period of time) with no discernible oil ending up on the towel. I also "bubbled" compressed air in a 5 gallon bucket for over an hour as the compressor cycled. Oil floats on water and again, no visible oil (droplets or sheen) on the surface. But you have to be comfortable with your own personal actions.

I too, would not purchase an air compressor just to winterized a trailer (if I lived where winterization was necessary), but an air compressor is like a Dremel tool, you keep finding more and more uses for it.
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Old 09-26-2014, 09:03 AM   #18
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I bought a small air compressor last fall, using winterization as the "new tool excuse". So far, at least, it has seen very little use. I do spend a lot of time in my work shop, but the air nailer and other components aren't the right tool for the (my) jobs.

I can see it would be useful if I tackled trim work or some such around the house, but as far as I can see it's not a cabinetmakers best friend.

I don't use my dremel much either...
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Old 09-26-2014, 09:57 AM   #19
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Since I travel south to camp in the winter I have winterized many times on the road before returning home. I use a 12 V air compressor I bought from Home Depot for about $20. I plug it into the trailer and let it build up to 40 psi then turn it off and purge the line to each faucet and commode. It takes about 10 minutes with the wife operating the faucets.
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Note: I first drain and bypass the WH. and have a two way valve on the water pump input to fill the water system with anti freeze after the water is purged from the system.
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A 12v compressor is useful to bring along with. If you travel into different altitudes and/or the weather changes quickly they are handy for maintaining correct tire presures
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