I am plumbing in a line for my compressor, it will run up the wall overhead about 20' then down to waist hieght near where I work most of the time... My question where should I put the filter/regulator/moisture trap at? Where it first comes out of the tank or at the end of the copper line where the couplers are at? Also any recommendations for a good regulator w/drainable screw to let water out...?
Always put the filter at the end of the line,
The farthest from the compressor as possible.
That way you'll remove the most water by
cooling the air first.:cool:
Thanks for the info John!! Any recommendations on a filter/ regulator manufacturer...??
I use the compressor a bunch and always drain it, with a surprising amount of water in it, sometimes up to a cup of it a day. Right now my biggest concern is my newly bought sandbalaster doesn't work very well and am surmising it might be moisture within the tank...
Any of the canister filter/regulators do a pretty good job,
like this one. (astro has a cheaper one)
I run all my air through one like that first, then branch out to
two different lines, one for all my sanding and general air supply
left at 90 PSI.
The other goes through an additional regulator to adjust down
and is used for only painting.
I also run the paint line air through an additional Motorguard filter.
These are great, they have a filter that looks like a roll of toilet paper.
You can remove it and dry it out if you need to.
Just make sure what ever you get, that it's rated for more CFM than
you will be ever useing.
The bigger ones will have fittings bigger than the std 1/4" NPT
found on the smaller units.
Here's my set-up, kinda done quickly, someday I'm going to redo it a little neater.
The 1/2" blue line is from the compressor. The 3/8" red goes to my woodshop.
Thanks again John... looks pretty straight forward....
Anyone else have a system you would share with someone just getting going?
You mentioned on your first response that a filter should go far away from the compressor, but then you said you run your lines through this first. Just so I'm right, your filter is still farther away, but then you branch out of the filter to other lines? Then you put the other filter no towards the line for your paint line?
Haror freight sells those blue cylinder filters for about $40 reg price, and $20 on sale. They are ok for normal use in a body shop type environment. I use the DAD 500 for painting. Money well spent IMO.
Originally Posted by JCCLARK
Also be sure to slope the line back towards the compressor