Plumbing the garage with Rapidair

Shop, Garage and Tools

  1. skicker

    skicker Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,057
    Likes Received:
    2136
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Location:
    Cumberland, Maryland
    Local Time:
    9:11 PM
    FWIW it's still way bigger than what your going to hook to it...I think the one hose I had inside diameter was supposed to be 3/8" but looked more like 1/4"...That's still double + the amount of volume in your lines than what would hook to them...
    Air speed in the Rapid Air lines would be less than the tool itself...
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • 747mopar

      747mopar FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

      Messages:
      12,356
      Likes Received:
      15287
      Joined:
      Oct 30, 2012
      Location:
      ohio
      Local Time:
      8:11 PM
      I will occasionally have a 1/2" hose plugged in for sand blasting but even at that it should be fine.
       
      • Agree Agree x 2
      • conv67bdere

        conv67bdere Super Moderator Staff Member FBBO Gold Member

        Messages:
        7,368
        Likes Received:
        12055
        Joined:
        Aug 18, 2013
        Location:
        Concord, NC
        Local Time:
        9:11 PM
        Looks great . . . you're right, it'll be a short thread as it looks like you've almost got it done . . .

        Great Job too ( as always )
         
        • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
        • Agree Agree x 1
        • ws27

          ws27 Well-Known Member

          Messages:
          1,402
          Likes Received:
          996
          Joined:
          May 17, 2012
          Location:
          Waltham
          Local Time:
          9:11 PM
          Everything looks great. That 1/2" fitting can let out more air than your compressor can give, it won't be a problem.
           
          • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
          • Agree Agree x 1
          • bm02tj

            bm02tj Well-Known Member

            Messages:
            2,107
            Likes Received:
            3500
            Joined:
            Jan 27, 2013
            Location:
            BC Canada
            Local Time:
            6:11 PM
            That fitting will be the same as adding 10 ft of tubing so not a big deal for your use
             
            • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
            • 747mopar

              747mopar FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

              Messages:
              12,356
              Likes Received:
              15287
              Joined:
              Oct 30, 2012
              Location:
              ohio
              Local Time:
              8:11 PM
              Maybe that compressor, I've got a big 3 phase compressor that I might add just for sandblasting. I'm trying to size everything for it just incase, I still think it'll be fine as well.
               
              • Agree Agree x 1
              • 747mopar

                747mopar FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

                Messages:
                12,356
                Likes Received:
                15287
                Joined:
                Oct 30, 2012
                Location:
                ohio
                Local Time:
                8:11 PM
                Done!!

                Hoping the upstairs plumbing separates a lot of water before it goes downstairs, still need to add a cooler at the compressor too. There's roughly 50' of pipe all running significantly uphill then a little upward bend at the end before headed down, think it will help??? Really hoping most of the water will fall out and run back to the tank, we'll see. 20190113_163801.jpg 20190113_164004.jpg 20190113_163739.jpg
                Finished the last 2 runs downstairs too. I'll add a few more but for now I need my air back. 20190113_163607.jpg 20190113_163634.jpg
                 
                • Like Like x 1
                • 747mopar

                  747mopar FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

                  Messages:
                  12,356
                  Likes Received:
                  15287
                  Joined:
                  Oct 30, 2012
                  Location:
                  ohio
                  Local Time:
                  8:11 PM
                  Don't know about you guys but I'm quite happy with how neat and straight it came out, I'd definitely buy it again. Everything in the kit was nice quality parts, the tubing looks and feels like something that will last (I believe HDPE stands for high density polyethylene) and it's a breeze to work with:thumbsup:. Hopefully I'll pressurize it Tues when the last fitting shows up?
                   
                  • Like Like x 1
                  • bm02tj

                    bm02tj Well-Known Member

                    Messages:
                    2,107
                    Likes Received:
                    3500
                    Joined:
                    Jan 27, 2013
                    Location:
                    BC Canada
                    Local Time:
                    6:11 PM
                    When the air is flowing there is no way it will flow back to tank
                    Add a drip at the first drop to catch the water
                     
                    • Agree Agree x 2
                    • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
                    • 747mopar

                      747mopar FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

                      Messages:
                      12,356
                      Likes Received:
                      15287
                      Joined:
                      Oct 30, 2012
                      Location:
                      ohio
                      Local Time:
                      8:11 PM
                      Already did except I need 1 more fitting to finish it. This is the drop from upstairs, it will get extended all the way down to almost the floor. I took the time to create a couple low spots with drains so hopefully between everything it significantly reduces the water.
                      As far as whether or not the water will drop out.. we'll see. The plumbing is all 3/4" and your air fittings are maybe 3/16", the air won't be moving fast plus a lot of the use is on and off so we'll see. I'll check back after the weekend after a lot of sanding, I'll let you know if I get a lot of water and which traps I find it in.

                      20190112_195745.jpg

                      This outlet on the lift is another point for draining but every outlet has one. 20190113_163607.jpg
                       
                      Last edited: Jan 14, 2019
                      • Like Like x 2
                      • MT_Mopar

                        MT_Mopar Well-Known Member

                        Messages:
                        1,116
                        Likes Received:
                        695
                        Joined:
                        May 3, 2013
                        Location:
                        In the Shop
                        Local Time:
                        7:11 PM
                        Thanks for the post Dev! I have been contemplating this system also, I think I'm going to pull the trigger after reading this. Good price too. Thanks again.
                         
                        • Like Like x 1
                        • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
                        • tallhair

                          tallhair Rufus "Mod-hair" Firefly Staff Member

                          Messages:
                          8,112
                          Likes Received:
                          3472
                          Joined:
                          Jan 1, 2013
                          Location:
                          Mascoutah, Illinois
                          Local Time:
                          8:11 PM
                          Read through the thread where you were deliberating on what to use for the lines, and now this one.

                          2 years later any updates or additional thoughts.

                          Also did you add a radiator or anything to deal with water?

                          Great info, and now I need to find your garage build and go get caught up there.
                           
                          • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
                          • tmaleck

                            tmaleck FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

                            Messages:
                            636
                            Likes Received:
                            754
                            Joined:
                            Apr 1, 2017
                            Location:
                            Austin, TX
                            Local Time:
                            8:11 PM
                            I used the same stuff in my garage build 4 years ago. Still holding up fine.
                             
                            • Like Like x 1
                            • 747mopar

                              747mopar FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

                              Messages:
                              12,356
                              Likes Received:
                              15287
                              Joined:
                              Oct 30, 2012
                              Location:
                              ohio
                              Local Time:
                              8:11 PM
                              No changes, I come across a better pump so I'll eventually switch out the pumps and add a radiator at the same time. 2 years... Man does time fly by! No issues whatsoever, no leaks, very happy with it.

                              There was a time that I had shut the ball valve off at the tank and came back a week later and started taking tires off with an impact totally forgetting that the air was off!! That impressed me, a week later and there was enough air stored in the lines to remove a couple tires.

                              As far as water separation is concerned it's really hard to compare because it's not apples to apples. Before this I just had a hose plugged into the compressor, my old garage was all steel pipe and now my compressor is upstairs but there's significantly less water than either of the other 2 setups. I mostly use 2 outlets and don't get a noticeable amount of water out of either one. The ones that sit unused for periods of time will have maybe a tablespoon in them put there's always water to be drained from the tank so I believe it significantly reduced the water.
                               
                              • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
                              • tallhair

                                tallhair Rufus "Mod-hair" Firefly Staff Member

                                Messages:
                                8,112
                                Likes Received:
                                3472
                                Joined:
                                Jan 1, 2013
                                Location:
                                Mascoutah, Illinois
                                Local Time:
                                8:11 PM
                                Thanks for the feedback Devon
                                 
                                • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
                                • Islandkent

                                  Islandkent FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

                                  Messages:
                                  563
                                  Likes Received:
                                  736
                                  Joined:
                                  Mar 9, 2019
                                  Location:
                                  PEI, Canada
                                  Local Time:
                                  10:11 PM
                                  Nice system for sure! Looks GREAT!
                                  But. You guys just reminded me to go drain my tank! lol
                                   
                                  • Like Like x 1
                                  • Agree Agree x 1
                                  • ct71rr

                                    ct71rr Chad FBBO Gold Member

                                    Messages:
                                    431
                                    Likes Received:
                                    318
                                    Joined:
                                    Aug 16, 2013
                                    Location:
                                    Massachusetts
                                    Local Time:
                                    9:11 PM
                                    I have the same system in my garage. I installed it about 6 years ago. No issues with leaks. I do get a lot of water when running my HF media blaster. I just made a wort cooler to deal with the moisture and it works great. I’m also going to add a radiator at the compressor to help cool the air going into the compressor.
                                     
                                    • Like Like x 1
                                    • 747mopar

                                      747mopar FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

                                      Messages:
                                      12,356
                                      Likes Received:
                                      15287
                                      Joined:
                                      Oct 30, 2012
                                      Location:
                                      ohio
                                      Local Time:
                                      8:11 PM
                                      Me too lol.
                                       
                                      • Like Like x 2
                                      • bigaadams

                                        bigaadams Well-Known Member

                                        Messages:
                                        489
                                        Likes Received:
                                        174
                                        Joined:
                                        Apr 4, 2013
                                        Location:
                                        Mid Georgia
                                        Local Time:
                                        8:11 PM
                                        that looks like Pex-Al-Pex....the stuff I used in running my hydronic install...the fittings are the same....
                                         
                                      1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
                                        By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.