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Any alternative to Compressed air cans for removing dust ?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by wolf2009, May 26, 2008.

  1. wolf2009 Guest

    as the title says . what type of other pump will u suggest and where can i buy one for cheap .

    also whats the cheapest place to get these cans cheap.

    EDIT :guys thx for ur comments , but i dont know most of the terms being used in here. just moved to US . so i'm new here , plz if u all will be so kind to give me some links to the stores selling these things.

    can i use a hair dryer like this
     
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  2. SpookyWillow New Member

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    i just use a blusher brush and a vacuum, does the job perfectly ;)
     
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    ywap you can use the bruch -vaccum cleaner techniqu but just make sure you have a plastic nozzle on your vaccum cleaner so dont fry your mobo with static electricity.
     
  4. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    i use a handheld balloon pump and an actual air compressor. the cans are convenient in a toolkit, but the fumes and cost are deterring.
     
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    A paintbrush and just blowing is good
     
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    i use a fat and soft paintbrush to clean out my rig, gets the places compressed air cant for free
     
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    where do i get the free paintbrush :p

    I use compressed air tank pump thing lol
     
  8. wolf2009 Guest

    guys thx for ur comments , but i dont know most of the terms being used in here. just moved to US . so i'm new here , plz if u all will be so kind to give me some links to the stores selling these things.
     
  9. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    the balloon pump i mentioned is a cheap thing similar to the pump used to inflate bike tyres. its a dirt cheap thing that moves air by pumping a handle. mine cost $2 at the local supermarket about 5 years ago. its purple :p

    By air compressor, i mean a mechanical device similar to the kind you use to inflate car tyres - you can buy them for that purpose, or for airbrush painting. Mine only cost $120.

    Paintbrushes are fairly self explanatory :D
     
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    Check the nearest Wal*Mart for vacuum cleaner attatchments for cleaning electronics. Several kits available for diff vacuums. Included in most kits are adapters, extensions, brushes etc. Keep an eye out for the "Mini" kits, they are quite nice. Also as Panchoman stated, get a long paintbrush to help dislodge dust packed into heatsinks etc.

    I keep a "mini" kit with my "Shark" mini vac in my truck all the time. Works great.

    Here's an example of a kit;

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BSJCLY/?tag=tec06d-20
     
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    i use a big compressed air can.. i recon they call it a compressor.. and a medium paint brush.. and soapy water for the fan blades when they get really cruddy.. as they do after a few months..

    a quick blast is a quick blast.. but after xxxx time the whole lot needs taking apart for a real clean.. assuming it dont get replaced every week..

    trog
     
  12. wolf2009 Guest

    can i use a hair dryer like this
     
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    I use the air compressor used for inflating traveling beds.
     
  15. wolf2009 Guest

    can u point me out to one selling online ?

    also can i use a hair dryer like this
     
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    I use stockings to keep the air out and a paint brush to clean it out.
     
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    Are all paintbrushes 'safe'? I mean most of them are of nylon/synthetic material, wouldn't that cause static build-up on the pcb's?
     
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    thats why i use a blusher brush that you use for make up, a good quality one uses soft hair/bristles of some kind.
     
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    I just use my dad's air compressor. :)
     
  20. wolf2009 Guest

    what kind of air compressor ?

    PLZ Someone answer my question if i can use a hair dryer ?
     
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    I am a static freak. I build my computers on the grass outside to make sure I am grounded. Trust me, it is VERY safe. There is not static build up. I love this method, and have used it forever.
     
  22. wolf2009 Guest

    ya me too a static freak , i too take the computer down to the ground floor to clean it or build it.

    But plz , can i use a hair dryer ?
     
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    I'd think a hair dryer likely couldn't produce air flow strong enough to move as much dust as compressed air.
     
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    Vacuum cleaners shouldnt really be used as the rapid air-flow can cause static build up.

    Saying that I never care about static, just make sure you keep one hand on the metal. if your using a vacuum just dont hold it on it for a long period of time, ideally compressed air in a can or from a compressor (workshop tools) is best but blowing through a straw (watch out for gob though) will work too.

    JAmes.
     

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