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Question Walking air compressor!

I have the P-C pancake compressor from Lowe's. Does a great job- should have bought one years ago. It sits on the floor and when I turn it on, it "walks" and puts tension on the cord. Let me mention that this is a garage converted to a shop- the floor slopes toward the door. Thinking (scary, isn't it?) of making a wood tray out of scrap plywood and setting the compressor in it. What have you done for this? Thanks.

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Clean the feet?

The sloped floor is one issue that doesn't help. The feet may be slippery on the bottoms so cleaning them would be my first attempt.
Changing them out would be the next step. Making a wedged shaped plate with rubber feet for it to sit on, would be my last approach.


Maybe chain, strap, or tie it to something it can't move .....

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I would first try rubber pads on the bottom of each foot.


Is it thinking that has you scared or the making of a wood tray.



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Make a wood tray/shelf with some sort of a lip and then put some rubber down to absorb the vibration. Boom! Done! :)
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It has rubber pads on the feet. Concrete floor is finished smooth as this was an inside garage at one time.Thinking of the tray and put some barkeeper's friend on the bottom; some places call it drawer liner. Originally used to put bar glasses on upside down to stay clean and dry. Thanks to all.
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Could a tray act like a drum/ speaker from the vibration and drive you silly with noise? Or...

Could the whole shootin match walk around too?

Vibrations can do weird stuff!

Just a thought.

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I wear earplugs when I'm running any power tools so noise doesn't bother me. I would build the tray and put barkeeper's friend on the bottom. I'll build one and let you know what transpires.

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Barkeeper's friend?

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I wear earplugs when I'm running any power tools so noise doesn't bother me. I would build the tray and put barkeeper's friend on the bottom. I'll build one and let you know what transpires.

Seems to me that would just act as a powder coating which will reduce the friction between the rubber feet and the concrete ....very small marbles? Try it without first, see if that works.

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If you would build a wooden box to sit the compressor in it would stay put.
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Barkeeper's Friend is a textured foam rubber mat. It is sold at lot of places as a drawer liner.

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Not in my laundry room ....

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Barkeeper's Friend is a textured foam rubber mat. It is sold at lot of places as a drawer liner.

Bar Keepers Friend is a brand of mass-produced cleaning agents. The original canned scouring powder product has been manufactured and sold since 1882. It was invented by a chemist in Indianapolis, Indiana, where it continues to be manufactured by SerVaas Laboratories. Wikipedia


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Know it well- used to sell restaurant supplies and equipment. The foam sheets were nicknamed the same thing. Kept the glass rims off the bar counter, allowed them to stay clean after washing. Big Lots calls it drawer liner. Never could figure why one needed to line a drawer.

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Soft, grippy, rubbery plastics can loose their grip from sawdust and other dust. Try cleaning them with water or a solvent to restore the rubbery grip. Cleaning the garage surface may also help. Give that a try before you start building gadgets.

I was one of the people who was confused by "Bar Keeper's Friend". Until now, I only knew it as a cleanser.

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Soft, grippy, rubbery plastics can loose their grip from sawdust and other dust. Try cleaning them with water or a solvent to restore the rubbery grip. Cleaning the garage surface may also help. Give that a try before you start building gadgets.

I was one of the people who was confused by "Bar Keeper's Friend". Until now, I only knew it as a cleanser.
The floor was originally a garage and is finished smooth. I don't think cleaning the floor or feet would help but will put it on the list. If push comes to shove, I'll build a shelf and hang it on the wall...when I can figure where.

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here Ya go ....

Something like these would be perfect:
https://www.amazon.com/SoftTouch-Sel...99438541&psc=1

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bolt a set of bench cookies on the feet.

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I'm looking at moving a milk carton on the wall that holds my Shop Vac stuff and mounting the compressor to the wall in some creative way. This will give me some more floor space and keep the compressor in one place.

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You are lucky, I had to attach mine to a steam tractor to get it to move:


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Holy moly! What kind of psi do you get with that outfit?

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Holy moly! What kind of psi do you get with that outfit?
That is an air brush compressor running on an extension cord, it is feeding 15 PSI to the tractor.

It was a bit of joke for a steam engine forum I belong to, many of the stationary engines use an electric element to heat the water, so I decided to rig up an electric mobile engine.

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