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# 172053 10-May-2015 12:54
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I live in a particularly dusty area. I am looking for a solution for removal of same! From computer boxes inside the fans screens keyboards etc

Do you have a effective solution you use? (not letting the units get dusty in not an option)

Options as I see it

Cans of compressed air at $15 delivered for 400ml online

A small electric Air Spray compressor

Suggestions comments?




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  # 1301400 10-May-2015 13:21
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small compressor with a water trap

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  # 1301552 10-May-2015 18:41
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Cheap compressor, do not necessarily need a moisture trap as most of it condenses in the tank anyway, but is better to add one.  The spray cans have high pressure coming out a small nozzle resulting in lots of cooling and thus freezing or at least condensation.  Air compressor pumps out more air through a larger hole so less cooling.  When cleaning a fan, just don't let it spin too fast as it will wear out (though it is fun).  Compressor is also good for cleaning the floor, much better and quicker than a broom.  In an enclosed space, get a mask as well.




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  # 1301554 10-May-2015 18:43
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I would not suggest a small compressor.

I got a small stanly one from supercheap. Thing is hopeless. 20 seconds of blowing and then you have to wait about 3 mins for it to fill the tank again.




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  # 1301561 10-May-2015 19:03
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I recommend a reasonable sized compressor.

I run 120psi. Found one years ago that is mains powered and has a tubular frame with about 5 litres capacity.
Overall compressor size is about 300x450x500mm. The brand on the switch is Condor and on the body HP1.5.

Also picked up a 5 gallon (about 20 ltr) receiver bottle from Mitre10 which I can throw in the boot.
Also pump it up to 120psi.

Computers operated in dining and kitchen areas are the worst and require a fair bit of air flow to loosen dust from sticky surfaces.

Computers operated in bedrooms pick up a lot of fluff too and need a lot of air to clean them out.

My 2 cents worth.

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  # 1301567 10-May-2015 19:19
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My kit....

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  # 1301608 10-May-2015 20:37
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Ok thank you one and all compressor it is! ....now to find one...




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  # 1301616 10-May-2015 20:58
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Do you reckon that something like this would have enough "blow" power Thingy




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  # 1301620 10-May-2015 21:07
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gnfb: Do you reckon that something like this would have enough "blow" power Thingy


No.. I don't think it would have enough flow to blow out a computer... it is an airbrush compressor... no mention of flow... no apparent storage of compressed air.. Guess you need more of a spray painter's compressor or a nail gun compressor....


Check out something like this:

http://www.thetoolshed.co.nz/Products/Air-Tools/Compressors/ToolShed-Direct-Drive-Compressor-1-5hp-8L





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  # 1301624 10-May-2015 21:15
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What about a vacuum cleaner with a small intake pipe earthed to the frame?

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  # 1301625 10-May-2015 21:22
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k1w1k1d: What about a vacuum cleaner with a small intake pipe earthed to the frame?


You need a bit of force and flow to clean out CPU heatsinks.

Power supplies get pretty clogged up too with all the parts inside... again air flow with some guts is required.






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  # 1301628 10-May-2015 21:25
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gnfb: Do you reckon that something like this would have enough "blow" power Thingy


too low a pressure and too low a free air flow rate

the compressor linked is pretty basic and would be ok for cleaning out the PC, but for anything else may not be up to the task.

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As Niel suggests you have to use a bit of common sense and stop fans from spinning or over revving... However on a stuffed computer it can be fun making fans scream.

No compressor can move a sticky label that has moved into the blades of a laptop fan.... dismantling is required.






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I've got a 1500W GMC compressor, not sure about the cylinder size but can check later if needed.  GMC closed down years ago, but at the time it was the cheap model from Bunnings and about $100.  Let the cylinder fill up for a few minutes before you start using it, and the compressor should keep the cylinder topped up while you use it (unless you use an open end hose).  I would not go with the Ozito brand for anything I need for more than a couple of jobs, I'd go with at least the next one up.  GMC was a good cheap brand, not sure why they went under but perhaps cheaper rubbish came to market.




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Niel: I've got a 1500W GMC compressor, not sure about the cylinder size but can check later if needed.  GMC closed down years ago, but at the time it was the cheap model from Bunnings and about $100.  Let the cylinder fill up for a few minutes before you start using it, and the compressor should keep the cylinder topped up while you use it (unless you use an open end hose).  I would not go with the Ozito brand for anything I need for more than a couple of jobs, I'd go with at least the next one up.  GMC was a good cheap brand, not sure why they went under but perhaps cheaper rubbish came to market.


Don't be so quick to write off ozito, I have a skill saw and corded drill from them, not the best quality but seeing how infrequently I use them they work fine, plus they come with a 3 year warranty.

Something like this would be fine

http://www.bunnings.co.nz/ozito-compressor-1-5hp-24l_p06290318

 



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  # 1301756 11-May-2015 09:50
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Thank you all once again that is REALLY helpful I understand what I need now will probably go with the burnings type e of thing but the 1.4-1.5 hp unit chers




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