Garage air line plumbing options?

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  1. 73HEMI_RR_GTX

    73HEMI_RR_GTX Well-Known Member

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    I used 3/4” dia PEX made by Sharkbite and Sharkbite PEX fittings. I bought everything at Home Depot.

    One word of caution, I would not recommend using PVC pipe because, over time and exposure to UV light PVC becomes brittle and under pressure can burst sending plastic shrapnel throughout the garage. Also PEX is not brittle like PVC but can become brittle if exposed constantly to UV light. So I primed and painted my PEX air lines to protect them from UV exposure.

    My system is over 5 years with no leaks or issues. And my air line runs are over 80ft long.
     
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    Like I said before, mine is about 35ish yrs old /schedule 80 pvc, no sunlight hits it, doesn`t move around, has a vibration fitting on the
    compressor, doen`t stay aired up w/ pressure except when I use it.
    Burst pressure on schedule 80 is way more than ur compressor can put on it !
     
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    I don't doubt that it will work at all but I've just grown to despise the stuff, it's just sloppy to look at and breaks way to easy for me. I've used plastic fittings twice on my main water feeds in my basement feeding the pump, both times the crap won't seal!:BangHead: My problem is always the gray threaded fittings, I've taped it, doped it then taped and doped it and it still leaks! I'll be ripping it all out and trashing it again and going with sweated copper which has never leaked. Just don't like it except for drainage pipes.:xscuseless:
     
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    Picture from my other thread.... love this stuff! 20190113_163607.jpg
     
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    • 73HEMI_RR_GTX

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      PVC works I agree, I used PVC in my last shop for over 15 years without issue. Just suggesting the Pros and Cons. PEX IMO is easier to work with and change configuration in the future if desired.
       
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      I use a similar kit I got from our local rural king, to isolate the compressor I used a 3’ long air hose to plug into the system that way if when we move I want to take the air compressor I can.
       
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        Yeap, I've got a 3/4" hose on mine.
         
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        After being a plumber for over 45 yrs. , I`d say u need a plumber , I have used all the stuff u mentioned, and never had that kind of trouble with any of it.
        U ar doing something wrong !!
         
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        Nope, as a maintenance tech I've worked on Hydraulics, steam lines, airlines, etc my whole career and know the tricks to sealing up pipes. I've seen plenty of "professional" plumbing jobs and would trust myself over some of what I've seen anyday.
         
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        I have Maxline in my shop, and I won’t go back to anything else. Best stuff I’ve ever used. That’s my recommendation. I have some stuff leftover I would make a good deal for you if want to get started with some stuff.
         
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        This time around I purchased a "RapidAir" kit from Northern Tool. I'm very happy with it. One simple rule is make sure you have at least 50 feet of line before your water separator so the vapour can cool/condense.
         
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