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Old 09-25-2010, 06:24 PM
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Back in 1960, my father-in law opened a truck trailer dealership which now has over 30 bays. When originally built it, it is a very large metal building, all the center supports running across the building was 8" iron pipe. He welded the ends shut, installed nipples at about waist high for the quick connects and added a water faucet at the very bottom of every post to drain the water. They were all connected high in ceiling by black pipe. In theory the posts became air tanks. Today the system is still in use, a screw compressor replaces the old piston type and in all these years there has never been a failure. He was a welder during the war building ships and he learned alot. He past away at 93 last September. The dealership is still family owned and operated and has steadly grown larger and every add on to the building has had the same set up. So much for the theory that you should never use black pipe.
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