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  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: West Virginia U.S.A
New shop compressor question
Posted by Matt B on Sunday, July 30, 2017 3:15 PM

My wife got me a new 2 gallon shop compressor to replace my old tankless diaphragm compressor. The only problem I'm having is how to set this up for airbrushing. I could simply connect my hose to it, but I'd like to have a regulator/moisture trap like my old one. I've looked at lowes, ace, and some local hardware stores with no luck. Can I put a airbrush regulator/moisture trap combo on my shop compressor like the ones sold by tcp global or would I need something more heavy duty? Ive considered just taking the regulator off of my diaphragm compressor, but I wasn't sure if this would be completely safe. Any help or suggestions would be sincerely appreciated. 

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Posted by Snibs on Sunday, July 30, 2017 4:02 PM

You will need something rated at the new compressor pressure, something like this maybe,

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Air-Pressure-Regulator-Relief-w-Gauge-Hose-Quick-Release-Compressor-Fitting-1-4-/281767006739?hash=item419a9f5213:g:a5MAAOSwhcJWJ1Bd

It will go down to 15psi, I'm sure there will other options.

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  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, July 30, 2017 4:33 PM

I picked up a regulator with gauge at HF and the red "pumpkin" water trap for under 10 bucks.  I use it at the shop with 150PSI into it, running my NEO, no problems.

You will want to put some kind of water trap on it in any case.

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: West Virginia U.S.A
Posted by Matt B on Monday, July 31, 2017 8:39 AM

I think I found what I needed at harbor freight also. I didn't want to have to order anything if I could avoid it, but there's no way around it. Im going to have to run a hose or pipe to my new regulator/water trap or I won't be able to get it on. I realized that the tank will get in the way of screwing it on if I try to mount it directly.

  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 9:25 AM

Matt-  Do you have room to put a quick disconnect on the compressor outlet and the mating half on the regulator?  Or will you still run into the tank.  The QD's should let the regulator rotate to a better position.

But running a hose could be a better idea, as you can put the noisy thing further away from the workspace.

  • Member since
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  • From: West Virginia U.S.A
Posted by Matt B on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 9:04 AM

goldhammer

Matt-  Do you have room to put a quick disconnect on the compressor outlet and the mating half on the regulator?  Or will you still run into the tank.  The QD's should let the regulator rotate to a better position.

But running a hose could be a better idea, as you can put the noisy thing further away from the workspace.

 

Thank you. The QD worked to get the regulator far enough away from the tank to allow me to connect it. I'm still going to have to end up using a hose though. The comp is only 69db, but at night with a baby asleep it's still too much. I have a small furnace room next to my workstation that I can put the comp in. The funny thing is that the original regulator knob still effects the pressure. I can adjust the new one as well, but I kinda have to tweak both? Do u know why that would be?

  • Member since
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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, August 03, 2017 8:56 AM

Has to do with air flow.  When we get 3 guys running grinders, the painter screams at us, or we start running low and tools slow down.

Might just hard connect the hose to the comp and then mount the reg to your bench, then you can QD the AB hose to it and the water trap.  Will add a pic of my setup for an idea.  Just QD the output rather than the input, as on mine.  I set it up to plug into a shop air hose, and be portable for home or work.

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