Plumbing an air compressor

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  1. Fvstringpicker

    Fvstringpicker LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've just partially installed (mounted and wired) a 60 gal 230v air compressor in my shop. psi, according to the specs, is 125 - 155. I want to run a line to the outside, but it dawned on me that I don't know the best pipe to use. I know not to use pvc. Any information is appreciated.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    3/8 or 1/2 black pipe. Don't forget to use tape on the joints.
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,833

    steel gas pipe and fittings are best.
  4. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I used copper and it works fine.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Copper works too,...just more expensive.
  6. olyman

    olyman LawnSite Gold Member
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    dont use black iron--moisture in the pipes will rust it--use galvanized---just dont use galvanized on gas piping---
  7. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    If it's a long run you might think about going with 3/4 inch, especially for a big compressor, be a shame to choke it off with a long run of skinny pipe.
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    That is a great point about the black pipe. I read something about that a long time ago, and forgot all about that.

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