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Old 08-03-2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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Default Plumbing a ceiling mounted hose reel

My shop has 12' walls and I want to mount an air hose reel on the rafters. My air pipe is at about 9' from the floor. Should I install a long U in the pipe at the wall to get the regulator down to a reasonable height, or just run it unregulated and unfiltered? The hose reel will be approximately 27' from the wall. The hose reel will be used only for airing up tires and blowing stuff off. The compressor is a single stage, 125PSI CH.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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Default Re: Plumbing a ceiling mounted hose reel

Always use a regulator and dryer. And a drain valve with a cable for easy access.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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Default Re: Plumbing a ceiling mounted hose reel

Why do you need the regulator? The only time you need the regulator is if you are painting, for the most part. In that case you need a dedicated hose and regulator for that only. It cuts down on contaminations in the paint.

I would put a tee in place of the "u" that you described. At the bottom of the tee is where I would put a painting regulator. I would have a drain leg on the bottom of that "t" to get rid of any accumulated water.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:16 AM   #4
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Default Re: Plumbing a ceiling mounted hose reel

i hooked mine up with air hose, with a quick coupler. This way works well for me as I can quickly remove the regulator or isolate the hose reel or quickly hook it to a different compressor, etc.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:16 AM   #5
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Default Re: Plumbing a ceiling mounted hose reel

I have my hose reel mounted on the ceiling as well. Of course my garage is a 2 car attached so the ceilings are only around 8 feet high. The steel line is run along the wall almost at the ceiling and then along the ceiling to the hose reel. I put my regulator and drier at the compressor. If you aren't planning on shooting paint you probably don't need a regulator right at the reel.

There are a few times that you might want a regulator at the device. I bought a small in-line type that accepts a gauge and put a chuck on it so I can connect it to line for the short use and then remove it.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:21 AM   #6
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Default Re: Plumbing a ceiling mounted hose reel

If you put a regulator in the line directly off the compressor (use a whip hose between compressor and piping, then add the regulator, then added piping) you will be able to regulate the entire shop. You will lose additional pressure downstream due to line loss, but in most home garages, it won't be more than a few psi. If you only want to regulate the reel and not all the rest, by all means, put it at a low point on the wall where you can access it!
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:27 AM   #7
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What would be the purpose of a regulator on a 125psi air line for general purpose use.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:47 PM   #8
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Default Re: Plumbing a ceiling mounted hose reel

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What would be the purpose of a regulator on a 125psi air line for general purpose use.

Not much.

I plan on putting a regulator on my setup because I like to paint both large and small scale items. Being able to adjust the pressure is a nice thing.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:01 AM   #9
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What would be the purpose of a regulator on a 125psi air line for general purpose use.
Most air tools are designed to operate at 90 PSIG. Installing a regulator allows pressure to build in the tank, sort of like storing energy in a battery.
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