Moving drain valve up higher

by Mark Ingersoll
(Anna, TX)

I've scoured the internet and can't find an answer.

I don't use my compressor daily...but still want to be sure the tank stays dry.

I'm fine with manually draining my tank. What I'm not fine with is the wallering around on the floor to do it. At my age - "on the floor" usually prompts somebody to call an ambulance! :)

My compressor is vertical and complete with cheap plastic wheels. Moving it is sometimes - not frequently - needed.

How can I add an "extension" from the bottom of the tank to a valve I can mount higher up? ....and then plastic tubing to squirt the water out through my shop wall?

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Feb 22, 2015
Tank drain valve
by: Bill

Hey Mark, I'm with you about the floor issue, believe me. Getting down there is easy, getting back up is the issue! :-)

I've written about this issue a number of times, so if you do a search on this site about tank drain valves you should find the pages.

No one I know of would be OK with having a tank drain valve plumbed higher than the drain, so that lets out have the valve at waist height, as although water would blow out of a higher drain, any left in the line between the tank bottom and the outlet would simply drain back down into the tank, defeating the purpose.

I suggest you use an auto-drain, one which will turn on regularly. Or, plumb a 2/2 air-operated, normally closed valve in the drain line from the tank, with the open end of the line somewhere that you are OK with water wetting, and then use a small push button manual 2/2 valve at waist level or higher (for ease of access) to open the drain valve on the floor. Holding the manual valve button down would keep the drain valve open for as long as you wanted, or, you could use a detented valve that would stay open after you push the button until you turned it or pushed it the other way.

All the information about valves you want to know is found the valve pages of this site.


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