I want to pipe my air compressor through out my garage.

by Greg

I want to set up my air compressor with three different piped outlets.







Bill responds...

Hi Greg:

Here's information for you.

First off, please look here for basic plumbing tips.

If you don't mind an air line running across the floor, then simply run your air line from your compressor to a manifold on your workbench.

Then, thread checked couplers into the manifold which will give you compressed air outlets.

Into these couplers you can plug the connectors for air lines to your tools.

Does this help, or do you need more details?

Cheers,

Bill

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Can you run a horizontal compressor in the vertical?

Was curious whether you can run a horizontal compressor (Craftsman) in the vertical position? Is there a shorter life span because of the way the motor is situated? Drain valve is midway on the tank...I would assume no water?
Thanks
Joe






Bill answers...

Hi Joe, thanks for writing in.

As far as the compressor air tank goes, it doesn't care about the orientation. It will be difficult to drain water if the drain valve is not at the bottom, and if the air discharge port ends up being close to the bottom, you'll be expelling water along with your air. These issues can be overcome.

Where I don't think it's a good idea to turn your compressor on it's side, has to do with the motor itself.

If your compressor is oil lubricated, then turning the compressor on it's side would be like turning your car on it's side, and running the engine. The crud in the oil sump would quickly spread throughout the compressor pump and wreak havoc.

Even if your compressor is not oil lubed, I would expect that the orientation of the compressor head is as it's designed, and shouldn't be changed.

If you go ahead an do it anyway, why not let us know the results?

Cheers,

Bill

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Plumbing a workshop & wiring a compressor

by Greg

Two questions:

I'm going to wire my garage for a CH Farmhand (7HP/60gal/135max/10.3@90).

Will 10-3 be enough,(which I have a lot of) or should I go buy 8-3?

What type of material should I plumb with? Copper is my favorite, but it's expensive enough that I'd like to go different.

Will plastic be strong enough, and won't iron rust?

Probably 20 hours a week, and I'll use all three filter types so I can grind, blow, and paint in the same day.

Thanks for taking the time to respond.








Bill answers....

Hi Greg:

First off, I'm not an electrician, so I suspect you'd best check with your local electrical folks about the requirements of using heavier versus lighter wire. You don't indicate what voltage your unit will be running at, but my guess is that if it's 200 AMP than 10-3 should be lots, but again, better check with someone who makes their living handling electricity.

What to plumb with?

If your budget can stand it, why not copper? Doesn't rust, easily sweated, leak-proof when installed properly, and it will give you years and years of use.

Realistically, it's the high cost of alternative that drives installers to using black iron pipe, even though it will rust, and over time, create problems for downstream air driven equipment.

Polyethylene tubing is rated for compressed air up to industrial pressures. Trouble is, it's not readily available in over 1/2 O.D.

In your shoes, and for the best value, why not go with RVC (rubber / vinyl hose)? It's rated for air, plumbs easily with barbed fittings and gear clamps, wont rust, bends easily, lots of things going for it.

Cheers,

Bill

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