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09-23-2006, 03:28 PM
I had a question for the experts out there. I am looking to eventually put in hard lines in for my air compressor with outlets around the garage. Can I use copper tubing or this or what is suggested?
09-23-2006, 05:45 PM
Eldon i think i`d use the plastic pipe to run it. With copper you will have to soldier or use a compression fitting for every drop connection you install.
09-23-2006, 07:50 PM
Will plastic be ok for the pressure? I am assuming it will be something a little better than SCH40...
09-23-2006, 08:23 PM
Eldon there is a plastic pipe out there designed for air lines. Don`t know who carries it. The shop i rented for 5 years had regular pvc plastic pipe in it and was still being used when i moved out of it.
09-23-2006, 08:26 PM
Wow! That will make the setup much less expenisve!
Thanks for the info!
09-23-2006, 09:22 PM
Eldon whatever you use if you run longer lines i would definitly put in a slight drop from one end to the other and add a drop with a drain for moisture.
09-23-2006, 09:45 PM
I will probably put a collection dump at each drop. I don't know what the dimensions are yet since I don't have the house yet that it will go in. Thanks for the heads up through! I just am like the proverbial "Boy Scout", I like to be prepared :D
09-24-2006, 12:25 PM
I also have seen many air systems plumbed with PVC that seem to have few problems.However,if you look at most of the professionally installed systems,they are using 1" copper pipe and use a stainless steel flex between the compressor and the piping system.I have installed several of these for friends and they work flawlessly with tons of volume.In my opinion,it's a much cleaner looking installation as well.The cost of copper has went thru the roof but I still feel it's worth the additional cost....Just my .02 worth! By the way,I also always use the steam line copper which has about twice the wall thickness of the type used for water line....but....I am often accused of overkill :D
09-24-2006, 12:46 PM
By the way,I also always use the steam line copper which has about twice the wall thickness of the type used for water line....but....I am often accused of overkill :D
Well, as in the hunting world, it is better to have too much gun rather than not enough. :D I would rather have it work at 75% capacity than 100% and need more. Since when I finally buy a new house, I plan to stay there for as long as possible. I will end up doing it the right way then. I may start with PVC to lay it out and see how it works and see if there are any changes that need to be made, then when I am completely satisfied with the layout convert to copper.
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