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Does anyone have their DC unit in an addition to their shop? I ask because I'm thinking that I'd like to build a small addition on the back of my garage and put my DC and shop vac systems back there. I'm thinking it would cut way down on the noise and dust in the shop.
 

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I don't but I have seen several that have theirs setup that way. And plenty that have their DC unit in a closet inside the shop, which accomplishes almost the same thing. That puts the units a greater distance from the tools so you'll just have to be efficient in planning your DC runs and drops.

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go for it...
it better idea...
 

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That's what I'm planning for mine. Then put in a filter bank to return that air back into my shop, minus all the fines hopefully.
 

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Thought about it, but very hot summers and very cold winters and I didn't want to port out the inside air. But not shure how much of an issue that really is. Would be nice to quiet the place down. Rockler had a port made to go through a wall. I'd probably make it two chambered so the sawdust wouldn't foul the compressor.
 

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Does anyone have their DC unit in an addition to their shop? I ask because I'm thinking that I'd like to build a small addition on the back of my garage and put my DC and shop vac systems back there. I'm thinking it would cut way down on the noise and dust in the shop.

Ken, I was looking at your profile and you have a nice 1hp dust collector. Have you thought about your runs from the dust collector being too long for a 1hp collector? It doesn't take much to cut down the suction from your collector.
 

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I built a new shop last summer and put an addition just for that purpose. After I got my new Clear Vue I found you need 8'
height which I didn't have in the addition. This summer I am going to tear the addition off and make it bigger and get the 8'
needed. So yes I think it is a very good idea.
 

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Ken, I was looking at your profile and you have a nice 1hp dust collector. Have you thought about your runs from the dust collector being too long for a 1hp collector? It doesn't take much to cut down the suction from your collector.
Yep, I have. I think the answer might be to buy a 2hp HF collector and plumb that for the longer runs and either use the 1hp for closer tools or sell it.
I'd like to build a wooden floor in the shop too, and run some of the DC runs (and electrical) trough it...to the table saw for example. However, without hitting the lottery I sure don't see that happening
 

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Yes, I do have. My garage was 26’x32’ and in 2001 I added another 26’x32’. This is where I put my truck and trailer and the 60 gallon air compressor and a 2hp dust collector. I ran 4” pvc pipe through the wall with 3 legs attached to the ceiling. I currently have 4 drops, but am working on the 5th to accommodate the dust on top of the table saw. I use a remote to start and stop the dust collector.

I plumbed the air compressor with 3/4” pvc pipe through wall and have two connections, one on both sides of the shop. Another addition is in the planning stages. Have purchased a sand blast cabinet and was advised to run black pipe directly from compressor. Will go through the wall to the cabinet.

Having both units greatly reduces the noise in the shop.

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My 80 gal 5 hp air compressor is in a shed addition to my shop and I have plans to eventually add a dust collector out there too, but for now I have a re-purposed whole house central vacuum unit and a Dust Deputy on a 25 gallon metal barrel mounted in my shop attic. Since both are outside the insulated walls and ceiling of my shop, there isn't much noise getting inside the shop from either of them. I had to put a colored light on the shop ceiling to remind me that the vacuum is running, because I left it on several times. The vacuum isn't large enough for my bigger dust producing tools, but it works quite well for my scroll saws, drill presses, sanders, etc.

My biggest reason for not installing a large dust collector is because my shop is only 14 X 26' and figuring out how to run the pipes is causing me great concern. I just don't have any room left for them. I break down sheet stock and do all of my planing outside, so the jointer and Unisaw are the dust producers that would gain the most benefit from the large dust collector. Presently, the jointer drops it's chips down a chute and into a waste bucket, and the Unisaw collects most of it's saw dust in the base cabinet and I shovel it out about every 6 months. My window style heat pump mounted high and through the North wall doubles as my shop air filter. I found that I could get a 14 X 26 pleated furnace filter behind the cover and I replace it frequently.

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When I set up my shop in a 22X24 building I built a shelter at the back to house a 1 HP dust collector. I couldn't stand the noise and didn't want to be wearing ear protection all the time. I put a 40 gallon separator in the shop and ran a 4" pipe through the wall to the shelter.

Then I upgraded to a 2HP unit. Although the new larger unit would just fit in the shelter it was difficult to empty the filter bag. I live on 4 acres of mostly wooded property and I empty the dust and chips from the separator into the woods, back to where it came from in the first place. So now I bypass the filter and blow whatever doesn't get caught in the separator into the woods at the back of the shop. After more than a year doing this there is no sign of dust or wood chips around my shop. The leaves come down every year and cover it all up.

The only disadvantage of putting the dust collector outside is that all the air the the blower uses come from the shop so in the winter I have to crack a window open about an inch to allow for the make up air. I loose some heat this way but it's still worth it to me.
 

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I have about a 3' overhang of the roof on the wall where my DC sits so the plan this summer is to move it under the overhang outside, box it in and insulate the box, and return the air through a window that is close after the air goes through a filter bank of increasing efficiency. That way very little lost heat and no change in air pressure. And there should be a significant decrease in noise.
 
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Outside Dust Collection

This is what April Wilkerson did for her outside DC:

There are three videos all together. Search YouTube for "April Wilkerson dust collect".

Frenk Howarth has his DC inside a cabinet in his shop, but it is a massive shop. Not that I'm jealous or anything. Just saying. :rolleyes:
Search YouTube for "Frank Howarth dust collect"
 
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