|Forum topic by Crashcup||posted 11-24-2015 10:24 PM||1644 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
11-24-2015 10:24 PM
Hi, I was reading some forum posts about compressed air supply in the shop, and thinking ahead a bit on how I want to approach this in my basement shop.
I was considering two possible places to store the compressor to keep it out of the way – one under some steps, and the other in an adjacent utility room. When I read some posts about removing water from the air lines, I realized two things: One, the area I was considering in the utility room is close to a floor drain, which may be convenient for draining condensate. Two, I have scrap copper pipes – mostly 3/4” – from replacing our previous hot-water heat with a force-air system. I’m hanging on to the copper to sell for scrap, but if I can get some benefit out of re-using it myself, all the better!
The diagram attached is what I am envisioning. A series of 3/4” copper pipes going up the wall, where the air could cool and the condensed water run down to a drain. I would probably run the copper over the wall and into the shop, and then convert over to the Rapidair piping to distribute air around the shop.
Finally, my question. I’m wondering if someone here has done something similar and can comment on how effective this might be. If this just isn’t going to remove much water, then I don’t want to waste my time and the copper. Or, if just a couple of lengths of the copper would remove a good portion of the water, then something like the 9 lengths I showed in the diagram might be overkill. Without getting into a bunch of equations, I just don’t know how to get an idea whether this would be worthwhile.
One thing I just realized looking at the diagram again: I have to add a drip leg below the Tee shows, and have the valve off that. As shown, it wouldn’t have anywhere for the liquid water to go and would be pushing it forward through the lines.
Seems like there’s a lot of variables to consider. Two things I can say is that this being a basement in an air-conditioned house, the air temp should always be in the 68 to 82 degree range, and the humidity should be in a reasonable range, probably 40-50%.