A little bit quieter…
This weekend I finally moved my small air compressor from inside the shop to inside the stairwell that leads to the back yard to make it quieter. The stairwell is one of those typical metal hatches that lead to basements, and has a solid wooden door at the bottom as the entry to the basement. I have been meaning to make this move for some time, but I finally did it.
The old stairwell has very rotten wooden stairs in it (another thing on the "project list") and one of the bottom stairs is on a rusted hinge that allows the stair to swing upward. Obviously someone in the distant past used to store something under the stairs. This spot has now become the home for my compressor.
I ran a flexible air line along the ceiling from the workbench to the stairwell, and drilled a hole above the door frame to allow the hose to pass through the wall to the compressor behind it. I then ran a heavy duty 12-gauge extension cord under the door for power. A power strip on the "inside" end of the cord gives me on/off control without opening the door.
Works and is VERY quiet. I will now use my compressor much more often.