Just an update...I bought the compressor at Lowe's today...got their Kobalt brand with 3Gal Hot Dog Tank....Oil-less 1.5HPCompressor ... 155max psi and 2.6 cuft./min @90psi.
It was on sale for $99 which I thought was an excellent deal for the given specs.
I really was looking hard at a similar pancake style Porter Cable model at a similar price but it was a bit bigger footprint and I can stash the Koblalt upright on its frame with better space utilization. Also got their cheapie 12pc accessory kit for $15 bucks as it had the hose and basic hookup components I need. I fully expect the hose won't last...but the fittings alone were worth the price to me AND we are gonna be having a good freeze tomorrow nite so I needed to get something up and running by tomorrow!
Will be hooking up the blowout plug from post #9... and beating Jack Frost to the punch. Here's pix of the two pumps I settled on... the Porter Cable is available in a number of stores...the Kobalt is a Lowes brand.
19"x19" Base...12" High. Will stand on tubing using 12x19" base in basement compartment.
17" Pancake Base...20.3" Height.
Will try to post some pix on the winterization process weather permitting!