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Old 09-02-2018, 08:32 PM
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Rapidair or old hose?

For $200+/- I can get this kit and all the extra fittings to put air in 5 spots in my garage. For far less, I can run all the extra hose I have, plus a little more and some fittings. In both cases I have some of the fittings already. Should I be cheap or throw money around like it grows on trees?

https://shop.rapidairproducts.com/ra...me-garage-kit/

I found the kit on Northern Tool for under $80, but with all the extra fittings it adds up quick.
 
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:14 PM
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The Rapidair system will give you some added flow. How much hose are you talking about??

I use 25’ long and 3/8” airhoses to run most of my tools till I have to go to 3/4” and 1” drive. I think I have a single 1/4” for my pencil grinder.
Never have issues with lack of air but I have multiple air drops due to a 45’ building (3/4” pipe the length)1. I keep a single 50’ at the door just for doing tires.
 
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Old 09-02-2018, 11:03 PM
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Just a 3 car garage, less than 100 feet of "system" to run, then whatever plugs into that, the coiled jobs or maybe 50 ft. on a reel.
 
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Old 09-03-2018, 01:45 AM
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For a typical home shop you’ll be fine. I just do a lot more than most people due to what I’ve done for a living most of my life so I over think and overbuild. But it’s just for me.
 
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i used 1 inch black gas pipe to plumb the garage. the advantage in using the 1 inch pipe is extra air volume storage.
 
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Slight volume increase but extremely more flow than 1/2” pipe or tube. Remember it’s volume that moves things not pressure. GE Locomotives use a 1 1/2” air hose at 150 psi on their skids to float railroad engines around their shop for to different work stations. The Navy’s Landing Craft Air Cushion use 4 large squirrle cage fans to provide lift by inflating the skirts, doesn’t have high pressure but with the area and volume not an issue.

i went with 3/4 because of price and availability where I live. Lotta water lines here are 3/4.
 
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For a typical home shop youíll be fine. I just do a lot more than most people due to what Iíve done for a living most of my life so I over think and overbuild. But itís just for me.
You are not the only one. Working in the auto & truck field in real garages then come home to a half azzed setup just don't cut it!

I say don't go cheap. If you do a pro working & looking job on your air system it will trickle down to what you are working on. You will also have less issues with it.
Nothing like working with a crappy air system or have a hose blow and taking out the whole system.
The garage, that is my car trailer in the right bay. I have had 1 car and 2 full size P/U in there and had more then enough room to work on 1 truck.

The kits and some extras for a complete loop around the top of the garage and 5 drops, each with a drip leg.

Compressor, home made air dryer, regulator going up to the loop around the garage and 1 of the hose drops. I have hose drops at the rear of each bay, 1 on either side of the garage (1 is over a work bench)and the last is at the front in between each bay. I can hook a short hose (25') to work outside the garage.

Close up of the dryer. Baseboard fin tubing & some fittings. Air comes in on the lower left, up across the top and down to a drip leg. Back up across the top and back down to a 2nd drip leg.
The fitting about half way down is air out of the dryer to the shop. Being water is heaver than the air it should keep going down to the drip leg and dry air out to the system.

Close up of hose drip & drip leg.

Drop at work bench. I did not pipe air in to the room on the other side of that wall (yet?) as I use it to store my tools, parts, supplies, etc.
I do have a large table in there to work on things if need be but use it mostly as a large shelf LOL and mixing body filler & paint.

BTW that compressor came from a 5 bay truck shop, got it off Ebay for $900 and had to do a little work so total maybe $1200?

So yes I did over think this garage air system but when doing body work & painting you got to have a good dry air supply.

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i used 1 inch black gas pipe to plumb the garage. the advantage in using the 1 inch pipe is extra air volume storage.
The problem with black pipe is rust. When the air starts to cool off the water condenses and will start rusting the inside of the pipe.Now it may not be an issue if you have filters at all your hose drops to catch the rust but most home shop air systems do not.
Just something to think about is all.
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We shall see if I ever install it.
 
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So almost a month do you have it set up and running and if so how do you like it?
What size is the pipe?
It also looks to be a little different than mine on the fittings but hard to tell thru the box.
Mine use a compression type ring. You install the nut, the compression ring then fit it into the fitting and tighten the nut.
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:34 AM
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Uhhh, I'm working on it..... I think my fittings are push fittings. I will look tomorrow.
 
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If you move your Pressure Reducer to the leaving side of your Air Dryer, you'll get more moisture out of the air. BTW we do that little trick at work with our Pneumatic systems. The Air going out is much drier, and we don't have to replace our moisture indicators as often.
 
 


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