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Old 10-08-2007, 01:54 PM
 
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Looking for a cheap yet effective water separater that can be built at home
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Not exactly sure what you are looking for but if you are talking about the wall mounted units that go inline from the compressor it really is not practical to build such a unit, at least for what little they cost. If you are talking about an air cooler to condense water out of the lines then this subject has been covered in-depth many times here and a search should bring up a lot of info. Tell us a little more about what it is you are looking for.
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oldred, thanks for your responce. I am just trying to keep the water out of my system. I have been researching the threads and have learned a lot. I was first looking at a system simular to the one on [url]www.dune-buggy.com/webs/Off-Road_Buggies/todd_kirkwood/compressor.html They took a trans. cooler and fans to cool the air right out of the compressor. While I think this approach will work, I'm wondering if just properly plumbing my shop with copper or galv. pipe, installing drops and drains properly, and installing numerous separters/filters. Would Accomplish the same thing, Drier air? Thanks for the help
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A properly plumbed air line system with a decent water separator is usually all it takes to keep the air dry. The larger the compressor the less of a problem moisture is, most of the time any way, but this of course depends on how much air you use. In some cases such as sandblasting with a marginal sized compressor then moisture can be much more of a problem than say running a sander or grinder. If you can run about 50 ft of 1/2" Copper line, or even better 3/4", with a good separator located at the air hose take off-point and have sufficient water traps ("drops") designed into the system then you should have no problem. A couple of points to remember is to not have a spot ANYWHERE in the line where water can collect and still remain in the air flow, and also make sure that the separator is located far enough away from the compressor to give the air time to cool before it enters the separator. When trying to visualize the system think of water droplets forming on the pipe walls, this is exactly what happens, and where that water will drain to. Then at any point where the water will drain and collect you must install a "drop" with a drain so the water can drain out of the air flow and remain undisturbed until it is drained. If you are cramped for space then you may want to consider something like this system designed by Rambo which I am willing to bet works quite well.

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Thanks for the props oldred

The 'stil' setup is approx 32' of 3/4 L copper pipe + fittings and the regulator.

I've been running this setup about 9 months now and have yet to have any moisture problems beyind the last trap.

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