I have finished laying down the floor in the workshop!
Since the heat and humidity were so high yesterday, I thought I would just remove the “cabinet” I had built around my compressor in an attempt to mitigate the noise. The structure was overbuilt in the extreme. Metal studs were faced with ½” rigid insulation, a layer of wood paneling and another layer of insulation. The paneling was to give some substance to prevent the screws from tearing through the insulation. The second layer of insulation was stapled onto the paneling and taped with metal foil tape. What was I thinking?
I took the structure down layer by layer, stud by stud, nasty-sharp-little-screw by nasty-sharp-little-screw. Once the compressor was standing free, I noticed something wonderful — the air line and the electrical line were both long enough to let me move the compressor up onto the new floor. That allowed me to work in the corner without having to work around a 100-pound (45.4 kg) top heavy steel obstacle. Rather than use strapping and insulation panels under the new flooring, I decided to put down two layers of subfloor material. I had scrap pieces that fit well, and I think the compressor deserves better support.
I finished the corner and moved the compressor into its new home. I am not going to box it in, as it doesn’t run nearly as often as it did when I first bought it (and was frequently using automotive air tools). I plan to install a rubber dampening pad under it before anchoring it back to the floor.
My one-liner is what I said to The Editor after removing the structure that had been housing the compressor:
“The Dan who mantled the compressor cabinet gave no thought whatsoever to his future poor slob self who would have to dismantle it.”
If you’re interested, the slideshow thingie shows the sequence from start to (almost) finished.
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