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Old 18-12-2016, 14:10   #1
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Hookah ,diy

Hi, the Thomas 1020 was used often when building diy hookahs, what are people using now that 1020 is not available.
On my last boat I had a little hailea aco-007, it was adequate for its purpose, hull cleaning.
Now, before righteousness appears, I'm a ceritified diver and understand diving in regards to compressed air. The sole purpose of having a hookah is hull and prop cleaning . 2m is maximum depth. I understand the need for oiless compressers etc.

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Re: Hookah ,diy

I presently use a cheap 12v compressor purchased from Hookamax when I bought a complete system. Now I'm considering adding a Porter-Cable 120v compressor for $99 from the Home depot if I can get it over to the EU. More likely, I'll just add a second 12v battery to essentially have two tanks of air with my present cheapy.

We also have two filled scuba tanks onboard.
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Old 18-12-2016, 15:02   #3
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I bought and used a California Air Tools compressor for our Hookah. (Our boat is 230V/50Hz) Quiet, small, and plenty of air, but it didn't tolerate well whatever sea water found its way nearby. Now it sits in my garage waiting to see if I can find any way to salvage it.
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Hi Ken, ive looked at the hookah max. By the time you take aud in to account plus shipping plus customs and gst it comes to about$1,600aud , plus it draws 48amp, im thinking your ac version of an inverter maybe better.

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Accomplice, do you run a low pressure regulator of the unit you purchased? and do you know what pressure and air volume per minute it puts out?
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Old 18-12-2016, 15:26   #6
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Re: Hookah ,diy

Dale, hi, if your in Sydney Hare & Forbes stock a couple of small oiless compressors in frames with one or two alloy tanks and regulator for reasonable prices. They are 240 volt so only good if you have an appropriate inverter or small genny.
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Accomplice, do you run a low pressure regulator of the unit you purchased? and do you know what pressure and air volume per minute it puts out?
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I run a low pressure regulator which accepts 80-110 psi.

The CAT compressor is rated for 2.20CFM at 90psi.

I have never used it to go deeper than 10' or so -- I use it for working on the boat, not exploring.
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I run a low pressure regulator which accepts 80-110 psi.

The CAT compressor is rated for 2.20CFM at 90psi.

I have never used it to go deeper than 10' or so -- I use it for working on the boat, not exploring.
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Dale, hi, if your in Sydney Hare & Forbes stock a couple of small oiless compressors in frames with one or two alloy tanks and regulator for reasonable prices. They are 240 volt so only good if you have an appropriate inverter or small genny.
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Dirt cheap, low RPM, no vibration and honestly about as loud as a sewing machine, and aluminum tank that doesn't rust, what's not to like?
PS, I hate those vibrator aircompressors, I can't stand hearing them run

https://www.amazon.com/California-Ai...iet+compressor

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Re: Hookah ,diy

I've been using one of these to clean my bottom for the past 3 years. Works great, stows easy and runs off the 1000 watt inverter. I do like the one that a64pilot linked to though. 60 decibels is pretty slick, although I don't hear mine form underwater.


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Dirt cheap, low RPM, no vibration and honestly about as loud as a sewing machine, and aluminum tank that doesn't rust, what's not to like?
The tank may not rust, but everything else on it does. Great little compressors, tbough.

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Re: Hookah ,diy

What I use is a small 12 volt oil less, high volume type compressor used for spray painting and inflating tires (not those high pressure, low volume ones that are so common) and added a long piece of PVC large diameter plastic pipe with some nipples threaded to the caps on the ends of the pipe alongside. One nipple is for the compressor to pump air into it and the other nipple supplies the SCUBA regulator with a long hose. Allows me to clean the bottom of the boat and prop. although not to go too deep, maybe 6 feet or so. Has lasted me for over 8 years so far. Could not find you an example of the compressor to show you, but it has the piston on the side of the motor just like the AC models.
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The tank may not rust, but everything else on it does. Great little compressors, tbough.

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This is my second one, the first I did a crossing with it tied to the base of the mast, locked it solid. I don't like steel tanks as I don't like the idea of breathing rust flakes, all compressors will get water in the tank.
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Hi Ken, ive looked at the hookah max. By the time you take aud in to account plus shipping plus customs and gst it comes to about$1,600aud , plus it draws 48amp, im thinking your ac version of an inverter maybe better.

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Dale,

I no longer recommend the Hookamax. The compressor doesn't do well in the marine environment. Lots of rust, just a cheap Chinese knock off.
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