My new workshop is almost drywalled. Plumbing in, electrical, cabinets ready, etc. My last concern is my airlines. I am a "basement guy", running a part time business from my home. When I built my house last year I set up an area inmy basement for my shop. I need to run an airline from my 30 gal 5 horse compressor to my shop from the garage. I am wondering what the best line material is to run. My old shop had black iron pipe. The archives mentioned pvc and copper, but not much information. I am wondering what you folks use for airlines and why. I plan on running at least one line to my paint room for my airbrush. I may also drop a line for air tools in the main shop. I plan to run my airlines full pressure from the compressor and use regulators on the terminal end. Your input is greatly appreciated. Cant wait to get back to work!
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I'd use black iron, don't know if I would trust anything else on a 70-80 psi for your air tools. Use a commercial grade (Norgren) regulator, filter (Grangier,MSC,McMaster-Carr) if possible. You should have a lubricator in line after the filter for your AIR TOOLS, not the air brushes. Make sure you drain the water from your compressor weekly.
Whatever type you use, make sure you put a drip leg somewhere in the lowest part of your lines. Then you can drain the accumulated water out ever so often.
I like PVC it takes preasure and at no time will rust be a problem...The stuff on my wall says 600psi.
One thing to consider is durability. I would,nt use any thing other than schdule 40 blk. steel for air lines.
Wildwood is correct. Too many years in maintenance, we always called it "iron", steel is the correct term.