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plus - no heavy tanks to lug in and out and bang on the hull and such if you turn which ever way. all you've got is a hose.

considering a shallow depth at which this work is done (less than 6 feet under the surface) it really is a better solution. and if anything happens to compressor - from 6 feet ascending is not an issue at all, just say "ahh" and be up 6 seconds or so.
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If you think about it...in the long run, it'd be alot cheaper than having to re-fill tanks...especially on jobs that are more time intensive...since a hookah rig has a much longer duration for your time spent at 6' down...
Yep according to this guy, 60-80 dollars a week depending on work load for air, plus not being dependant on shop hrs, so he can start early, work late and do weekends.

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I just looked up the specs on this AC and it is a oil free compressor; I really thought this idea was gonna get hammered as a bad idea that makes the Darwin list, but I guess it isn't all that different than a regular hookah, just not as compact

So what were the specs, what was the model number ?? do you know exactly what filters ?? Always wanted a hookah ...


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Me too; here the compressor he has ( husky ) I think any good water seperator would work but, I would like to know more about the disposable filter

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Easy to find oil, water, particulate filters. What is important is you buy proper regulater (mouthpiece) and airline (for breathing).
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Rule #1 for hookahs- NEVER, EVER USE AN OIL-LUBRICATED COMPRESSOR!!!

Rule #2 for hookahs- NEVER, EVER USE ANY AIR HOSE NOT SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO PROVIDE BREATHING AIR!!!

I have used the Thomas model 1020 for 15 years. It's small, rugged, lightweight, has no reserve tanks (an unnecessary addition, IMHO), can support two divers and is easily rebuilt for less than $75.00. They are not sold everywhere but I've seen them on Amazon.com for about $225.00.

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Rule #1 for hookahs- NEVER, EVER USE AN OIL-LUBRICATED COMPRESSOR!!!

Rule #2 for hookahs- NEVER, EVER USE ANY AIR HOSE NOT SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO PROVIDE BREATHING AIR!!!

I have used the Thomas model 1020 for 15 years. It's small, rugged, lightweight, has no reserve tanks (an unnecessary addition, IMHO), can support two divers and is easily rebuilt for less than $75.00. They are not sold everywhere but I've seen them on Amazon.com for about $225.00.

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I have never used one, so I really have nothing constructive to offer. I suspect they are not up to the daily usage a professional hull cleaner would put them through. Probably just fine for occasional use by a boat owner however.
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I saw the 1020 on Toolbarn dot com last night for 215.00

Fst, does yours have any kind of filter ( internal or external ) if so, what kind and why

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Fst, does yours have any kind of filter ( internal or external ) if so, what kind and why
The 1020 comes with an intake filter (filter media is paper, I believe) and I have used an inline filter in the air hose in the past, but haven't bothered with that for years.
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