Many accessories and supplies that I need most times are not available in my country, so I need to import them (that most times doubles the price), and those will be US dimensions that very from the Euro dimensions.
So I had to come-up with some ways to compensate for that difference that creates a problem especially when it comes to Dust Extraction/Collection Ducting Systems.
Step 1: Connecting the U.S With European System
Like one of them, I faced the same problem connecting my shop machines which all have a 100mm ducting outlet with the European soil pipes which are 110mm.
So here are some tips and tricks on how I connected my ducting system and how I brought the two systems together.
Step 2: Problem 1 / Solved
The first problem I faced as I have said above is the difference in diameters. The European type soil pipe’s fittings come with male or female end connection so again you have another difference in the diameter, but this is what helps me connect the two.
I have found three materials that helped allot to have perfect fitting between the two systems:
The first is a 3mm Ordex non-slip mat which is quite thin but with an enormous grip. I love this product which I also use on my push blocks.
This product gives me a perfect fit between a 100mm OD (outside diameter) outlet to 110mm with 106.3mm ID (inside diameter) soil pipe which is consider as a male connection.
I cut it in 5cm strips and glue it with contact cement adhesive on the 100mm outlet, and the Euro pipe slips exactly right over it.
Step 3: Problem 2 / Solved
This product gives me a very tight fit when used on a female connection 110mm ID to a 100mm outlet. You can also glue it on or just let it loose and use a pipe clamp over it.
Step 4: Problem 3 / Solved
If the metallic outlet has some welding anomalies then I use its full length (100mm) to connect the two fittings - heat shrink and clamped (you need a heat gun for this process), if not, then I can cut it in half (50mm) and have two pieces out of it for connections.
Sometimes is such a tight fit that you don’t even need to heat shrink it, just use two pipe clamps for security.
Duct tape or aluminum tape is a good practice for sealing between the joints when needed to keep everything air tight.
Step 5: Connecting Your Machines to the System
Sometimes their fit is a bit loose, but there’s nothing to worry about that few rounds of tape (tape the ID) won’t fix.
Another way of doing this is to buy/order/import a 100mm tube, cut it in 100mm length pieces, use one of the above methods to connect it to the Euro pipe.
Step 6: Crossing the Workshop
Step 7: Securing the Ducting System
It comes in a roll - you can cut them to length and it’s a very inexpensive solution instead of using suspension rings or wall clamps.
That’s my method/solution for connecting the U.S. with Europe.
Thanks for watching
Stelios Stavrinides AKA Steliart